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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dawn's Baked Beans (Homemade, Slow Cooker)

Our youngest is on a bean kick.  He is loving loving LOVING beans.  As far as I know, I have only ever had beans from a can, which I do typically purchase...but now that I am on summer holidays, I figured it was time to come up with a homemade version so to try.  I also wanted the recipe to be a slow cooker recipe (thinking ahead to hockey season!).  After reading several recipes and thinking about the flavours that my family would like, this is the recipe that I have come up with:

Dawn's Baked Beans
Dawn's Baked Beans | Addicted to Recipes

2 cups navy beans
6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
3/4 - 1 cup onion, diced
1/2 - 3/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 cup molasses
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 156 mL can tomato paste
6 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons ground mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon chipotle spice
1-2 drops liquid smoke
Dash red pepper flakes

Rinse the navy beans and soak overnight in cold water.

In the morning, strain the beans and rinse them out.  Put the beans into a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45-50 minutes. After 45-50 minutes, drain off any excess water.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon.

In a small bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, garlic, paprika and red pepper flakes.  Mix well.  Set aside for a moment.

Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with beans.  Layer in some of the bacon, green pepper and onion.  Add the remaining beans, bacon, green paper and onion on top.  Top with the molasses mixture.  Cover, and heat on low for 5-6 hours.

Big big BIG hit!  Our toddler ate these for lunch and dinner (and lunch and dinner again and again), and hubs had two giant helpings at dinner.  Keeper!


  1. Oh my gosh! These sound and look delicious! Pinned!

  2. These sound amazing! I've never made baked beans at home but these sound super tasty!

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  3. I love this! Store bought baked beans contain so many perservatives; will definitely try to make my own.

  4. This looks so good. I like it. I think bacon should taste really nice in this, but also thinking to try beef. :)


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