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Slow-Cooker Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Pour a bunch of delicious ingredients in the slow-cooker and hours later, your house smells ridiculously good and you have enough of these beans to serve a crowd. Brown sugar makes them sweet and short ribs pack them full of savory flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: feed a crowd, potluck recipe, slow cooker recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 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
  • cup Brown Sugar
  • cup Ketchup
  • 4 cups No-Sodium Beef Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Molasses
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • 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!


Dried beans have a mind of their own. I don't find that there is any need to soak these before cooking, but the cook time does vary. How long they take to cook depends on the age of the beans which you can't really know when you buy them. SO, plan for a window of time between 8 and 12 hours. It's hard to overcook them, so if you want to keep things simple, cook them overnight and just reheat them when you're ready to serve.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 536mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g