Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

The traditional Saturday night dinner in "Beantown," these beans are slow-cooked allowing their richness and hearty old-fashioned appeal to shine through. Serve them with Boston brown bread for an authentic regional delight.


Makes 8 servings


2 cans (about 15 ounces each) navy or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup beer (not dark beer)
1/3 cup minced red or yellow onion
1/3 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons light molasses
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 slices bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place beans in 11X7-inch glass baking dish. Combine beer, onion, ketchup, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and ginger in medium bowl. Pour over beans; toss to coat.
  2. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces; arrange in single layer over beans. Bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed and bacon is browned.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Sodium 728 mg
Protein 10 g
Fiber <1 g
Carbohydrate 31 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Saturated Fat 1 g
Total Fat 2 g
Calories from Fat 10 %
Calories 179

Dietary Exchange

Fat 1/2
Starch 2

Check out more recipes for Northeastern