My family loves barbecue. I think there is nothing better than digging into some delicious smoked meats and homemade baked beans on a warm summer night.
I have always loved baked beans, but wanted to make some authentic Boston Baked Beans for an upcoming family barbecue.
It turns out, most Boston Baked Beans recipes require you to soak your beans overnight and then reserve some of the bean water to use later in the recipe.
I don’t have time for that. You don’t have time for that.
So, here it is: Easy Boston Baked Beans.
No soaking of beans required. No reserving bean water. And this recipe calls for canned navy beans so the hardest part is opening the cans.
Where did boston baked beans originate?
Authentic Boston Baked Beans include a variety of beans that have been cooked in a sweet sauce made of molasses or maple syrup and are flavored with pork.
In the 18th Century, Boston was an exporter of rum, which is produced by the distillation of fermented molasses.
At the time, people began adding molasses to local baked bean recipes which then became known as Boston Baked Beans.
In colonial New England, baked beans were traditionally cooked overnight beginning on Saturday so that on Sunday, the beans were still hot and people could enjoy a hot meal and still comply with Sabbath restrictions.
I would say we hit the nail on the head! Our Easy Boston Baked Beans are cooked in a sweet, sticky sauce made of molasses and brown sugar that is poured over bacon covered navy beans.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
how to make easy boston baked beans:
Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Rinse and drain beans, then spread in the bottom of prepared pan.
Lay bacon slices on top of beans in the pan. Sprinkle diced onion over bacon.
In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, then pour over beans in the pan.
Use a spoon to spread evenly over the top.
Cover dish with foil and bake for 3 hours, or until beans are tender and heated through.
Some people prefer to stir the beans before serving to break up the bacon. However you serve it, we know these Easy Boston Baked Beans will be a hit!
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- Tortellini Pasta Salad
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- Loaded Broccoli Salad
- Frog Eye Fruit Salad
- Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Glaze