New England Baked Beans




Having Baked Beans on a Saturday night in Maine is so common that you would be hard pressed to not find some sort of community bean supper in any town here. Baked Beans have been a popular dish since the early 1800’s, probably due the easy to store and cheap ingredients! New England Baked Beans are made with molasses and salt pork, which is a super fatty section of the pig that is fairly inexpensive, but chock full of flavor. Some Mainers and Canadians use Maple Syrup in place of the molasses, but I have always used the molasses.

In order to have an authentic New England Baked Bean Supper, you do have to have some sides. My family loves to have red hot dogs with our beans. Red Hot Dogs also known as “Red Snappers” are beloved in Maine. They are made with an all natural lamb casing which causes a distinct “snap” when you bite into them. They are also known for the fact that they only contain beef or pork and no fillers of any kind!

You also have to have some sort of cole slaw and either biscuits or Boston Brown Bread with the beans. New England or Boston brown bread is a type of dark, slightly sweet steamed bread usually cooked in a cylindrical can such as a coffee can. I actually have never attempted to make my own brown bread as of yet, but hopefully will be sharing a recipe with you soon! Here in Maine, you can buy a can of brown bread right in the store, so that’s what I usually do.

In order to cook the beans, it’s best to have a bean pot, although you can use a large casserole or baking dish. Or if you want to be truly authentic, you can dig a hole in your back yard and get a nice hot fire going. Once you have a nice bed of hot coals, stick all your ingredients in a cast iron pot, cover it and carefully lower it onto the hot coals. Cover up the pot with dirt until you can no longer see smoke, wait 8 – 10 hours and then dig them out and enjoy!


Without further adieu, here is my recipe for New England Baked Beans….Enjoy!



New England Baked Bean Supper


  • 3 cups beans (yellow-eyed or pea beans)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound salt pork, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped


  1. Cover beans in water and soak over night.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans, then place them in a bean pot.
  4. Add the onion, and salt pork.
  5. In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients and then pour on top of the beans.
  6. Add enough hot water to cover the beans.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 7-8 hours.
  8. Add more water from time to time as necessary.

About Beth

Beth Larrabee is a stay at home mom of 3 wonderful children and is married to her wonderful husband Scot. Beth is an active member in her community and is currently the Vice President of the PTO, President of The Friends of Cumston Library, and proud leader of a Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout Troops. In her spare time, Beth enjoys musical theater, singing, gaming, books, spending time at the lake and all things food.

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  1. Wow those look really good. I have a big cast iron dutch oven that we often bury to cook chicken in. I love the idea of doing beans in it.
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  2. That sounds really delicious. I would probably use brown karo syrup instead of molasses because I don;t like the taste of molasses.

  3. mommasbacon says:

    I love baked beans. Someone from Maine was telling me how they would cook it in a pot in the ground. Ever heard of that? Ha ha.

  4. My kids love baked beans. I do not eat them so I have a hard time preparing them!

  5. Great recipe. I thought baked beans were red or kidney beans for the longest.

  6. This post is making me miss NE! 🙂 Yummmmmm

  7. Dorothy Teel says:

    My that looks great and I loved Boston Brown Bread, used to be able to get it in a can here but can hardly find it now, my dad was from Lynn. Mass and he loved his Boston Baked Beans and Brown bread.. miss that meal.

  8. I love learning about local delicacies. I had no idea baked beans in Maine were a big thing or I could get red hot dogs. Thanks 🙂

  9. I was just saying I haven’t made baked beans in a dogs age.
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  10. Great recipe! I have never made beans this way. can’t wait to try the recipe

  11. I’ve never had these before. I might have to add this to our menu for next week.
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  12. I hadn’t seen a recipe like this before. I tend to do my “baked beans” in the crockpot. Not really baking them, am I?
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  13. My husband loves baked beans, I’m definitely going to have to give these a try.

  14. I am not a fan of beans but I know my hubby would love this!
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  15. The only baked beans I have ever made or eaten were from a can!
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  16. I love baked beans but have never even thought about making them myself. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing a delicious-sounding recipe 🙂
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  17. Now I’m hungry. Although, I’ve never really liked baked beans BUT that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try them again, tastes do change!

  18. You know I’ve never made my own baked beans before. This sounds so good!
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  19. yum! Those look great. My family adores beans!

  20. christina moore

    Those look yummy, I will have to try this recipe

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