Molasses Baked Beans

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Baked Beans Made with Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses

Baked beans. Ahh…those two words conjure up some good memories on my end–summertime barbecues, grilling up some juicy burgers, some good ol’ Oscar Mayers, maybe even some grilled corn on the cob. And what’s the perfect side with all that char-broiled goodness? Baked beans, of course.

Molasses Baked Beans

Growing up, we had baked beans a plenty. With six kids and one income, Mom had to be creative (i.e. cheap) with dinners so she’d crack open a can of Pork and Beans, chop up some of those Oscar Mayers, throw ’em in, and call it a day. Or, in this case, dinner. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I tried some “doctored-up” baked beans. And now those days of opening a can, heating up, and chowing down are over. Thankfully.

Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans

As a matter of fact, the first time I tried baked beans that were more than “right out of the can” was at a church cookout. There was a crock pot full of beans that had all sorts of stuff added to it. I scooped some on my plate and the rest, they say, is history. I loved them so much, I asked the lady who made them, for the recipe. I actually asked her a couple times. I guess the recipe was too good to share! Never heard back from her. Of course that just made me even more determined to find a recipe that was as good or even better than that recipe-hoarder lady’s. (I’m not bitter…not at all. 😉 )

First you start where all good recipes start–with bacon. Fry up that goodness, cool on a paper towel-lined plate, and cut into bite-size pieces.

Bacon to Make Blackstrap Molasses Baked BeansNext, you want to leave some of that bacon grease right where it’s at and sautee a diced onion in it. When the onion is done, mince in three cloves of garlic. Because, seriously, everything is better with garlic.Onions to make Blackstrap Molasses Baked BeansThe next few steps are messy with dumping this and that in, so I have no pictures for you. My splatter-free camera thanks you. But basically you add Golden Barrel brown sugar, Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and beans in here, along with the bacon you already cooked. The blackstrap molasses I added really enhances the flavor and gives the beans a beautiful dark color. And the brown sugar gives the beans just enough sweetness. It’s a glorious combination. There are kidney beans in this recipe. They just make this dish even heartier in my opinion. You may certainly omit them if you’re not a fan. (I only added one can of baked beans in the skillet ’cause I ran out of room, but then added the other beans to the stoneware pan I cooked everything in. So if you have a large skillet, use it!)

This is what it looks like straight out of the oven. You can’t tell in the picture, but this stuff was bubblin’ like crazy and I had a random crazy thought of being tortured by having this scalding pan of beans poured on me. That would really hurt. So…in other words–be careful when taking this out of the oven!

Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans

So, molasses baked beans. What memories do you associate with this backyard BBQ staple? One thing’s for sure–we want to share this recipe with everyone so all can enjoy this wonderfully hearty sidekick. You won’t see any recipe hoardin’ going on here!

Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans

 

Molasses Baked Beans
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Servings Prep Time
16-18 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16-18 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Molasses Baked Beans
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16-18 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16-18 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Cut cooked bacon into bite-sized pieces; set aside. Cook onion in drippings over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Press garlic into skillet, cook and stir 1 minute.
  2. Add brown sugar, molasses, and vinegar to skillet; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Add bacon, ketchup, and beans to skillet. Bring mixture to a boil; remove skillet from heat. Carefully spoon bean mixture into a baking dish.
  3. Bake 60 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.
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4 Responses

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    Theresa Fehrenbach

    trying this tonight. thank you so much.

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    Mine came out completely dry!!! It smelt wonderful cooling but there was no juices left when I took the dish out of the oven.. Very disappointing ☹️…

    • Kat Hertzler

      Hi Kelsie,
      Not sure why they came out dry…you left in the “juice” from the pork and beans, right? Mine have never come out dry, so I’m not sure. That’s a bummer. I know after a few days, the liquid thickens up significantly but they should have a soupy consistency on top when directly out of the oven. The only other thing I can think of is if you used dry beans instead of canned kidney beans. Dry would definitely soak up liquid. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Hope you’ll try making them again because these are very tasty beans!

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