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Baked Beans Recipe
by A.L. Wiebe

Baked Beans

I found this recipe in an old recipe book from the 1940's when I was a young bride in the early 1970's. At the time, I thought, "wow this is ancient"! lol.
Well, after my disastrous first meatloaf (came out the size of a hockey puck lol), I forged ahead and gave this a try. How brave, but I finally succeeded!
This has never failed me yet. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I have.
While I realize that there are other, quicker ways to make baked beans, I truly prefer this one, as it allows the beans to just bake slowly and remain whole, whereas other, quicker methods of cooking tend to make the beans a bit mushier.
Be prepared to just hang around the house for the day, it's a long slow process, but soooo worth it!

Rating: 4.7/5
Avg. 4.7/5 3 votes
Prep time: Canada Canadian
Cook time: Servings: 10

Goes Well With: ribs, any BBQ dishes, potato salad


  • 2 lb. dried navy beans
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 t. prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 lb salt pork, sliced


  1. Wash beans, and pick through, discarding any that are discoloured or just plain yucky-looking. Cover with plenty of cold water (the beans will absorb water and swell) and soak overnight. Drain, cover with fresh cold water, add the soda and bring to the boil. Again, drain, rinse and cover with fresh cold water, and bring to the boil. Let cook 20 minutes or so, drain, but save the liquid this time. Measure all ingredients, except the salt pork, into the bottom of a bean pot or large casserole. Add the beans on top, pouring in enough of the bean liquor to cover. Lay slices of salt pork on top. Cover and bake in slow oven 250 degree F oven for about 9 - 10 hours, but DO NOT STIR. To distribute the other ingredients, gently lift the beans from around the sides, or just let them cook, as they will distribute themselves naturally. (Sometimes we just cannot resist mucking about with them, though, lol)
  2. Check periodically, adding more of the saved bean liquor if the beans appear to be getting too dry. When beans are tender, turn oven heat up to 325 degrees F, uncover and bake 1 hour longer to allow pork on top to become crisper.