Homemade Baked Beans 

 Originally Written: September 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

basicbakedbeansHere is another one of those good old-fashioned family favourites – so easy to put together and so tasty. You can serve it with homemade coleslaw and freshly made bread – that will make it a real treat!

Homemade Baked Beans:

4 cups of canned beans – you can use a mixture of whatever beans you prefer
½ lb. piece of bacon, cut into cubes
1 large onion
1 tablespoon of salt (less if you prefer less salty)
Dash of pepper
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
½ teaspoon of sage
½ teaspoon of savory
Few drops of Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of ketchup
1 cup of molasses
4-6 cups of boiling water
4 slices of bacon
Empty beans into a large earthenware container. Add bacon cubes and onion cut in half. Mix and make sure the beans are evenly spread in the pan.

Combine remaining ingredients, add to beans and stir well.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe – please let me know how it turned out for you – your suggestions, comments and experiences are always welcomed!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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  • Well to me opening A can of bean’s that’s NOT homeMade nope your are just warming up the can LOL not for me thank,s but NO thank’s

    • Hi Carol! Good point but really just a matter of preference – you can cook your own beans and then make the sauce. I prefer opening a can of beans and making everything after that from scratch. I find that canned beans are the right firmness and cooking them yourself is a bit tricky since slight overboiling and then baking them in sauce can result in a bit of a mushy bean mixture. Try it both ways and then let me know what you think – I have no problem calling my recipe homemade since all the additional ingredients put it way past just opening a can of beans. Let me know how you made out and if you have another recipe, I will welcome you sending it in!

  • If you’re looking for a good “homemade baked beans recipe” recipe – this is the place! Everyone loves some good baked beans, but most recipes call for them to be in a crockpot. Mine doesn’t, instead I use can beans and cook them on the stove top. It’s true, you could just buy a fancy can of Bush’s baked beans, but it’s just not the same as making your own homemade baked beans and letting them simmer of the stove as the flavors meld together! These are equally as good in the summer with a BBQ as they are in the winter on a cold blistery day!

    * 3 cans great northern or navy beans, or 1 – 48oz jar or Randall’s mixed beans (drained)
    * 1 small onion (diced)
    * 2 cloves garlic (diced)
    * 1 cup barbeque sauce
    * 1/2 cup ketchup
    * 1 Tablespoon mustard
    * 1/4 cup brown sugar
    * 3-4 strips of chopped cooked bacon (if you like)

    Drain each can of beans and pour into a sauce pan. Add all other ingredients and cook on medium high heat until it boils, then cover and reduce to low heat and simmer for one hour. If you’re in a real hurry, you can cook on high for 10 minutes and serve (it just won’t taste as good!).

    In the winter time you can cook this on the stove and let it simmer while making the main dish, but in the summer I like to just put the pot on the grill and let the beans simmer while I grill my meat. By the time the meat is done, the beans are usually done shortly after. There are all kinds of beans you can experiment with on this recipe as well, I usually end up using what I have on hand at the time. So I may use Pinto beans, Chili Beans, Mexican Beans – and even though you’re making “homemade beans” it doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize any leftovers that you may have around. For instance, if I grill out and have left over burgers and beans, the next day I may chop up the leftover cooked burgers and thrown them in the beans and simmer for 20-30 minutes and eat! I’ve used thrown in leftover taco meat, sloppy joe, and even chicken. Technically that makes the “homemade baked beans” more like a chili – but it’s ok to change it up a bit! Another thing that’s fun with this recipe is to add some cubed cheese of any kind just minutes before it’s done. That melted cheese can make it a big hit with everyone in the house!

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