Friday, September 21, 2012

Three Bean Baked Beans

What BBQ wouldn't be complete without a side of baked beans?  This one takes a little bit more effort than the usual can of pork n beans that has been doctored but the flavor is worth it!

I always make extra and freeze it.  Thaw, heat and eat!

Three Bean Baked Beans                                                       Printable Recipe

2/3 cup EACH black, pinto, and great northern beans
8 cups water
5-6 bacon slices, chunked, cooked, and drained
1/3 cup diced onion
2 teaspoons dry mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons molasses
3/4 cup water

In large ovenproof stockpot add the beans and water.  Be sure to pick through your beans as sometimes there can be rocks.  Bring to boil and boil for 1-1/2 hours, maybe 15 minutes more. They should be soft but hold their shape.  They will not get much softer in the oven so be sure they are how you like them.  You will need to try all three types of beans. The water will look yucky since there are black beans in it but that is ok. 

Drain the beans to a colander. (That will help with their color.)
In same pot, saute onions in a small bit of olive oil until they are soft.
 Add mustard, ketchup, vinegar, honey, molasses, and water.  
 Add beans and bacon. Stir.
Bake at 350 degrees, covered for 45 minutes (I use foil.) Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes. If you find your beans are wet you can cook longer or start off with less water but you will need to check it.  3/4 cup works for us and as it sits the beans seem to soak up some.
 Enjoy as is or you can add hot dogs and the kids can enjoy beans and wienies!! No more baked beans in a can for us.
**Can be frozen and thawed out later, heat and eat!


  1. I bought a bag of dried beans to try homemade baked beans but have not tried it yet. Yours look great, I am going to have to pick up the black and pinto beans to, they look so good all combined!

    1. Thank you Jennifer. The different beans make a nice combo!

  2. I LOVE baked beans and these look amazing Jenny!

  3. Jenny I love baked beans but use canned in my recipe. This looks great. I used this recipe in my Labor Day post for the Daily Dish Magazine that is scheduled for Sunday morning at 6PST

  4. Jenny,

    I love making baked beans from scratch using dry beans. Thanks for sharing.

    Diane Roark

  5. These look delicious. I love that the beans are made from scratch. Whole food at it's best! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Oh boy does this look GOOD!!! I love molasses in cooking. Pinning