Sunday, July 24, 2011

Slow Cooked Baked Beans

I grew up eating my Meme's (grandma's) awesome baked beans.  (Although I just found out they actually came from her mother-in-law, my Gran Meme) I think I may have eaten more of them than anyone else in my family!  ;)  They are definitely a staple in our family!  I've been wanting to make them for a long time, and finally decided to take the plunge....and my slow cooker!!!!!

I was so impressed with how these turned out!  They tasted JUST like my Meme's!  My mom had them today and was also impressed with how good they were and how much they tasted like my Meme's!  They were overall, a HUGE hit at our Baptism Party today!

These don't take a lot of time to prep, but they do take a long time too cook to perfection!  Use patience and enjoy the wonderful aroma in your house while they cook!!!!!!

You will really enjoy making these for your family, family gathering or party!  They're sure to be a hit!

This makes a large batch.  I had a party of about 18 people today and have about half of them left!  I'm going to freeze mine and use them for the next party!  You will need a 6 Quart or larger Slow Cooker for this amount.

Slow Cooked Baked Beans

12 or 13 oz. Salt Pork, chopped into small strips (It was one package, Hormel Salt Pork....can't remember the ounces!  Sorry!)
1 large onion, chopped
2 lbs. Michigan Navy Beans (if you can't find Michigan, just use Navy Beans!)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup Ketchup
3 Tbsp. Mustard
7 cups Water

Sort your beans to make sure there are no rocks/bad beans.
Soak them in water overnight, with at enough water to cover them plus 4"
In the morning, drain and rinse your beans.

Spray your Slow Cooker Liner with non-stick spray.
Place half of your salt pork at the bottom.
(Sorry for the blurry picture :( )

Add half the beans

Top that with half of the onions.

Mix together the Brown Sugar, Ketchup and Mustard.

Pour half of this over the onion layer.

Repeat this process with the remaining salt pork, beans, onions and sauce.
Pour in your 7 cups of water.

Cover and cook on LOW for 12+ hours.  (I don't know how long it would take on High)
You will know these are done when your mixture has turned nice and brown and has thickened.  If you want them thicker, turn the Slow Cooker to HIGH and leave the lid off for an hour or more.
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  1. These beans sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are so welcome! I love all my family recipes and it's fun to share them!

  3. Just made these for Easter, can't wait to try them!

  4. Baked beans. That was my favorite. I should try it your way.