SIMPLE Homemade Lip Smackin’ Baked Beans

Baked beans

Yo, what’s up, my culinary comrades? Buckle up because we’re diving into a recipe that’s gonna take your taste buds on a flavor rollercoaster. Get ready for some lip-smackin’ baked beans with bacon that’ll have you comin’ back for seconds, thirds, and maybe even fourths. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get cookin’!

How to Make Lip Smackin’ Beans

First things first, you’re gonna need some white navy beans. Now, you can either go for 2 cups of dry, uncooked beans or save yourself some time and use 4 cups of cooked beans if you’ve got ’em handy. If you’re using dry beans, soak ’em overnight in 4 cups of water to soften ’em up real nice.

ingredients to make baked beans

Make That Sauce

Once your beans are ready to rock, drain and give ’em a good rinse. Now grab a large saucepan or stockpot, toss those beautiful beans in there, and add 4 cups of water. Crank up the heat and bring it to a boil. Let ’em bubble away for about 15-20 minutes, then drain ’em, but don’t toss that cooking water just yet – we’ll need it later.

While your beans are doing their thing, let’s talk about the sauce. In a large bowl, we’re gonna create a flavor bomb that’ll make these beans sing. Start by combining 3 tablespoons of molasses, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons of mustard powder, ½ cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ cup of brown sugar. Mix it all up until everything’s nice and incorporated, and you’ve got yourself a tangy, sweet, and savory sauce that’ll blow your mind.

Now it’s time to bring it all together. Add those cooked beans to the bowl of sauce and give ’em a good stir. Make sure each and every bean is coated in that luscious sauce. Oh man, the flavors are already starting to dance.

how to make homemade baked beans

Start Layering

Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C) to get it nice and toasty. Grab a casserole dish and let’s layer the goodness. Start with half of the diced onion, followed by 3-4 strips of bacon (because bacon makes everything better), then 2 cups of beans. Repeat the layers with the remaining onion, bacon, and beans. It’s like building a tower of deliciousness!

layering baked beans

But wait, we’re not done yet. Pour that reserved bean cooking water over the beans, covering them with about half an inch of liquid. This is where the magic happens, my friends. It’s gonna infuse all those flavors and turn your beans into pure bliss.

2nd layer to making baked beans

Bake The Beans

Now it’s time to let the oven work its magic. Pop that casserole dish in there, uncovered, and let it bake for 3-4 hours. Yeah, I know it’s a long time, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Your kitchen will be filled with the tantalizing aroma of bacon and beans, and your taste buds will be doing a happy dance.

When the time’s up, give your beans a good stir to make sure everything’s well mixed. Then it’s time to dig in and savor the fruits of your labor. Spoon those smoky, saucy beans onto your plate, and get ready to have your mind blown.

So there you have it, amigos – a mouthwatering baked beans recipe that’ll make you the star of any potluck or backyard barbecue. It’s comfort food at its finest, and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. So grab a plate, take a seat, and indulge in these irresistible beans with bacon. Your taste buds will thank you, and your belly will too!

Homemade baked beans

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SIMPLE Homemade Baked Beans

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  • Author: simplepartyfood


  • 2 cups white navy beans, dry and uncooked (or 4 cups cooked)
  • 68 strips bacon, as needed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  1. Soak the navy beans in 4 cups of water overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and then place in a large saucepan or stockpot.
  3. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 15-20 minutes, then drain – reserving the cooking water.
  4. While the beans are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. When the beans are done, add them to the sauce and stir to coat completely.
  6. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  7. In a casserole dish, layer the beans with the bacon and onions: ½ of the chopped onion, 3-4 strips of bacon, 2 cups of beans, then remaining ½ onion, remaining 3-4 strips bacon and remaining 2 cups beans.
  8. Pour enough of the bean cooking water over the beans to cover in about ½” of water.
  9. Place the casserole dish in the oven, uncovered, and bake for 3-4 hours until all of the water appears to be absorbed.
  10. Stir well and serve.

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