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slow cooked baked beans in a large Dutch oven with wooden spoon
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4.38 from 8 votes

Smoked Baked Beans

A delicious smokey flavor fills this huge pot of slow-cooked Smoked Baked Beans that are surrounded by a thick sweet and tangy bacon rich sauce. This classic recipe is perfect for pot-luck dinners and backyard barbecues.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 6 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Total Time16 hrs 16 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • Large Stock Pot or Dutch Oven with lid
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 1 lb Dry Navy Beans
  • 1 lb Bacon chopped
  • 1 large Yellow Onion diced
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke optional
  • 1 cup Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


  • Place the dried beans in a large pot or bowl and fill with just enough cold water to cover the beans. Let soak overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 250ºF and drain the beans but reserve the soaking liquid and set aside.
  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add the bacon and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes transluecent and fragrant.
  • Add the tomato paste, maple syrup, molasses, liquid smoke (if using), and beans and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  • Measure the soaking liquid and add enough broth to equal 4 cups total of liquid. Pour into the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Stir the garlic powder, salt, and black pepper into the beans and remove from the heat.
  • Cover the pot and place in the preheated oven to cook for 6 to 8 hours until the liquid becomes a thick sauce and the beans are super soft.


Prep Time: the overall time to make these beans includes soaking them overnight.
Soaking the Beans: If you can't soak the beans overnight then increase the broth to 4 cups. The beans will take a little longer to cook and may split in the cooking process, but will still taste just as delicious.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg