Almost Like Aunt Jackie's Baked Beans

Susan Bickta


My Aunt Jackie used to make THE BEST baked beans whenever we had a family gathering. She'd actually "doctor" canned baked beans by adding brown sugar, ketchup, molasses, mustard, onion, garlic, and LOADS of bacon. The recipe I developed is actually not like hers because I use the large dried lima beans. BUT, her recipe and it's flavors are my inspiration.

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30 Min
3 Hr


1 lb
dried large lima beans, cooked as directed on bag and drained (save the cooking liquid)
1/2 lb
cooked ham, cut into small dice (or bacon, cooked and crumbled)
1 small
onion, finely diced
1 clove
garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 1/4 c
2/3 c
your favorite barbeque sauce
1 c
dark corn syrup (or molasses)
3/4 c
dark brown sugar, packed
1 tsp
dried mustard
1 tsp
liquid smoke flavoring (or to taste)
envelopes ham flavoring


1Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large baking dish with no-stick spray. Set aside.
2In a large bowl, combine the lima beans, ham (or bacon), onion, garlic, ketchup, barbeque sauce, corn syrup, brown sugar, mustard, liquid smoke and ham flavoring (I use Goya ham concentrate - pictured). Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
3Bake for 45-50 minutes or until hot and bubbly. During this step you may have to add some of the reserved cooking liquid so beans don't dry out.
4HINT: dried lima beans must be washed and soaked overnight then drain soaking liquid. Add about 5-6 cups fresh water and cook for approximately 2 hours or until beans are soft, adding water as needed. Refer to instructions on bean packaging for further details. Please note: COOK TIME listed includes the 2 hour stove top cooking, prep time and baking time
5For extra flavor, lay slices of bacon on top of beans when ready to bake.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American