Grandma Brown's Beans

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“Grandma Brown's canned baked beans are available in the northeast USA but not common elsewhere. They are very simple with only 6 ingredients named on the can. This is a process to recreate them faithfully. Note that these beans are not tomato based, they are thick not saucy, and they are only mildly sweet. The final product either from the can or from the recipe is easily modified to your taste by adding bacon, tomato ketchup, brown sugar, spices. But they are great the way they are. They taste like beans!”
5hrs 20mins
10 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 6 cups water.
  2. bring water to a boil.
  3. sort through beans for debris.
  4. add navy beans to water.
  5. boil 10 minutes.
  6. turn off heat.
  7. cover pot.
  8. let sit overnight.
  9. rinse beans well.
  10. add beans and all other ingredients to oven proof pot with tight fitting lid.
  11. stir well.
  12. add water until beans are just covered.
  13. cover pot with lid.
  14. bake 5 to 6 hours at 300°F.
  15. every hour stir and add water to cover if beans are drying out.
  16. final product should be a thick and not runny.

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