Baked Beans, Aldine Hotel Style

Michelle Koletar/Mertz Recipe

By Michelle Koletar/Mertz Mertzie

15 Min
3 Hr 30 Min

This is a very old & popular recipe from my hometown of Sunbury, PA. I love most styles of baked beans, but this the only way I make them. So easy. The flavor of the bacon simmering within the beans is what gives this such amazing taste, I think.
For those of you who are used to all the ketchup & additions to baked beans, you will be surprised the intense flavor you get from this recipe! You can halve this recipe, as this serves a LOT.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a terrific, simple side dish! We love the sweet edge of these easy beans and cannot wait to make them for our next pot luck.


4 lb
canned, northern beans (undrained)
2 c
white sugar
2 Tbsp
white vinegar
3/4 lb
bacon, uncooked
black pepper
large onion

Directions Step-By-Step

I like to freeze the bacon first so that it is easy to cut. Cut the bacon up in bite-sized pieces.
Drain the beans, reserving the liquid in a big bowl! Make sure you don't discard the bean liquid. Put the beans in a 9 x 13 or larger pan. (I have used a Dutch Oven for this too).
To the bean liquid, add the diced bacon and mix in sugar, vinegar, diced onion, bacon & black pepper. Pour over top of beans & stir.
Bake at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours. The bacon will get nice & brown. You will want to stir every hour or more often to ensure even cooking. I add a little bit of water every once in awhile when I stir, if it seems as if the liquid is being too absorbed. Be very generous w/ sprinkling black pepper often, as well. I have never salted the beans or this dish, as the bacon gives it plenty of salt flavor, I have found. You also can pop all of this in the crockpot & cook on low, then brown a bit in the oven when you are ready.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Collection: Bring on the Bacon!
Other Tag: For Kids

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Stephanie Dodd skeen
Mar 22, 2015
I absolutely love these beans but have taken them to two potlucks and they dont get eaten. One gal told me today that they were too sweet. I even decreased the amount of sugar. MI truly love the flavor!!!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Mar 21, 2015
Making these again to accompany fish at a fish fry! Love them!!!!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Mar 21, 2015
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved! I am making these beans again for a church fish fry? I love them!!!
Feb 14, 2015 - Bonnie Beck shared this recipe with discussion group: Cookin Grandma's.
Debbie Mikolajczyk damiko56
Nov 12, 2014
Michele - thanks for the recipe. I'm from Sunbury and I love these beans. Haven't had them for years. My gram use to make something very similar but I never got the recipe from her either. I am going to make these this weekend - I can't wait to enjoy the taste of something from "home" again!