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Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

February 24, 2015

RECIPE: Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

I was born and raised in Connecticut, located betwixt New York City and Boston. Two great cities, each with a lot to offer. In less than a day’s journey, I could be in New York City for a Broadway show and scarf down a deli sandwich that rivaled the size of my head or, I could drive on up to Boston and catch a game at Fenway whilst enjoying a delicious Fenway Frank in the blazing sun hoping that I put on enough sunscreen so that I don’t turn the color of my hot dog by the end of the game.

Here's what you need to make Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans - mylifewithfood.com

When I was tasked with creating a regional recipe to be served alongside some cocktail sausages, I had the ability of knowing lots of great cuisine from both cities first hand. But in the end, I had to go with the city I currently call home and make some Boston Baked Beans.

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Now, the easiest thing to do is go to the store and grab a can of already made baked beans, open the can, pour them into a bowl, zap ‘em in the microwave and serve. And while those will do in a pinch, there’s something about making baked beans from scratch that is so much more rewarding. Maybe it’s the fact that you know exactly what’s in there, that you can control the amount of salt, add more sugar, add more bacon, add in some bourbon (cause why not!?), enjoy the smell wafting through your home all day, etc.

Use Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans to top mini cocktail sausages to create hot dog sliders! - mylifewithfood.com

Baked beans can seem like a daunting project. You need to keep and eye on them in the oven and stir them every few hours…plus you’ve got the oven on and it heats up your house and then you don’t want to leave your house unattended and then you feel trapped and then you begin to hate the beans and then you think about the gas that will come after and then you really rethink about why you’re making baked beans in the first place…so that’s why you must use your trusty friend the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans - mylifewithfood.com

For this recipe, I used dried navy beans. If you’re a bean snob, you’ll most likely stick to dried beans. However, if you really don’t feel like soaking them ahead of time, you can easily replace with canned navy beans. Just adjust the cooking time by a few hours so you don’t end up with complete mush. As for the whole process of “baking” the beans, it’s really easy. There are essentially two steps to this recipe. First, you need to soak the dried beans overnight. The second part is throwing everything into your slow cooker and walking away. That’s it. Seriously.

Top your Lit'l Smokies with Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans and served on little bread rounds for an instant party - mylifewithfood.com

I created this recipe specially for Hillshire Farms Lit’l Smokies, so that’s why they’re in every picture. But they go great with a roast pork loin, alongside hamburgers, alongside hot dogs…wherever you like your beans. They were looking to have them treated more like hot dogs, so for some, I just took hot dog buns and cut them into smaller pieces to accommodate the tiny sausages. Another fun option is to buy a loaf of bread and then use a biscuit cutter (or round cutter) and then skewer the little sausage with the bread, great for a party!

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans
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How do you get more Boston than baked beans? This recipe is incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious. By making it in a slow cooker, your house smells amazing, you do (practically) no work and you’ve got some great beans at the end of the day.
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 hours 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 hours 8 hours
Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans
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How do you get more Boston than baked beans? This recipe is incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious. By making it in a slow cooker, your house smells amazing, you do (practically) no work and you’ve got some great beans at the end of the day.
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 hours 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 hours 8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups
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Instructions
Prepping the Beans
  1. First, start with your beans. You'll want to open up the bag, dump them into a colander and rinse them. Look for any stones or stems that may have made the journey from the farm and discard them. Pour the clean beans into a bowl and cover with cold water. Have, at minimum, 1-inch of water over the beans (they will expand and if you don't leave enough water, some will expand out and then dry again). Place the entire bowl in the fridge and let them soak for at least 8 hours (which is basically overnight).
The Rest
  1. When you wake up in the morning, make yourself a cup of coffee and pull out the slow cooker.
  2. Drain your beans and add them to your slow cooker. Go ahead and add everything else (minus the salt and pepper). Give it a big stir, put the lid on, turn the slow cooker on to low.
  3. Once the 8 hours are up, season with salt & pepper to your liking.
BONUS!
  1. The best part about making these in a slow cooker in the morning is that you're left with a 1/2 pound of bacon. So, go and make breakfast!
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