These slow-cooker brown sugar baked beans are seriously easy. Pour a bunch of delicious ingredients in the slow-cooker and hours later your house will smell crazy good and you'll have enough of these beans to serve a crowd. Brown sugar makes them sweet and the secret ingredient that gives them amazing savory flavor? Short ribs.
Brown Sugar Baked Beans
With the three day weekend ahead, hopefully you've got a whole lot of relaxing planned. Maybe a few house projects (just me?). Maybe a potluck or two. I can't help with the projects, but need a quick, easy, seriously delicious dish to take to a BBQ this weekend?
That I can help with.
And this recipe is the definition of easy. All you need is a few ingredients and you can just set it and go. Dump everything in the slow-cooker and get on with your life.
And when it's done cooking....look out. They won't last long.
I could eat these brown sugar baked beans for breakfast.
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Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar Baked Beans
- 4-quart or 6-quart Slow Cooker
- 1 lb Dried White Beans (look for Navy or Great Northern)
- 1 lb Bone-In Short Ribs
- 1 Onion, chopped
- ⅔ cup Brown Sugar
- ⅔ cup Ketchup
- 4 cups No-Sodium Beef Broth
- 1 tablespoon Molasses
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- Soak the beans in room temperature water for 8 hours before cooking.
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a slow-cooker. Stir to combine.
- Set slow-cooker to low and cook until beans are tender, 8 to 12 hours. (See note.) Halfway through cooking, open the slow-cooker and give the ingredients a good stir.
- When beans are finished cooking, remove the short rib bones and stir to break up any large pieces of meat.
- Beans can be refrigerated for up to 4 days - just reheat and serve!
This baked bean recipe looks great for a picnic or sunday afternoon lunch
Is the no sodium beef broth vital? And do you have any thoughts on using honey instead of molasses? or have you tried any other porks? Thanks so much!
The pic looks so good! They tasted good, but they weren't done after 12 hour in the slow cooker. I had to bake them in the oven for a couple more hours and some were still hard. I used navy beans. My normal recipe uses Great Northern... . I may try again with Great Northern (and I will soak them). I remember reading somewhere navy beans take longer to cook? My husband wanted a baked bean with less sugar. He liked the taste and didn't mind the few undercooked beans.
Dried beans are so unpredictable. If they're older they take so much longer, and there's no way to know how long they were at the grocery store or being stored somewhere. I do think soaking them first would give more consistent results, Judy. This is on our list to retest with a soaking step, so I really appreciate your feedback. We'll update once we test again.