Southern Slow Cooked Baked Beans

Kim Biegacki


This bean recipe turned out delicious! The day I was making it, I wanted more flavor than I tasted, so I added my own twist to this already fabulous recipe. I hope you enjoy.

The original is from Paula Deen's website but is Damon Lee Fowler's recipe.


★★★★★ 2 votes

14-20 people
15 Min
10 Hr


  • 2 lb
    white navy beans,red or white kidney beans, pintos, great northern or a mixed bean assortment, dried
  • 2 large
    onions, 1 trimmed, quartered and peeled, 1 trimmed, split, lengthwise, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 - 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    unsulphured molasses
  • 1/2 c
    dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c
    tomato sauce or catsup
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce (i used 2)
  • 1/2 lb
    thick sliced bacon (i grilled the bacon)

  • 1 c
    diced green peppers
  • 2 Tbsp
    lawry's steak sauce
  • 1 c
    additional of beans
  • 2 tsp
    more of dry mustard
  • 1/2 lb
    more of bacon (my bad....)
  • 1/2 c
    kc masterpiece smoky bourbon sauce (i wanted some smoky flavor and was out of liquid smoke)

How to Make Southern Slow Cooked Baked Beans


  1. Directions:
    Sort through the beans, discarding any that are discolored or damaged, and rinse them well. Place dried beans in a bowl and cover well with water and let soak overnight. Drain & rinse in morning.
  2. If the water is no longer covering the beans, add enough to cover them by an inch and turn on the heat to medium. Add the quartered onion. Bring it slowly back to a boil, reduce the heat to a steady simmer, and cook until tender, about 1 hour, replenishing the liquid with simmering water if necessary (do not add cold or hot tap water). When almost tender, add a tablespoon of salt and simmer at least 10 minutes longer, or until completely tender. The old cooks would take up a small spoonful of beans and blow on them: when the skin blistered, they were ready. Remove and discard onion.
  3. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 250 degrees F or prepare a 4-quart slow cooker.
  4. Mix together the garlic, molasses, brown sugar, tomato sauce or catsup, mustard and Worcestershire in a small mixing bowl. When the beans are tender, drain them, reserving the cooking liquid, and mix them with the onions in a bean pot, covered casserole, or the crock of the slow cooker. Stir in the seasoning mixture and, if the bacon is not very salty, a pinch of salt. Add enough of the cooking liquid to fully cover them.
  5. Cut the bacon in half crosswise. Press a couple of strips into the beans and then completely cover the top with the remainder.

    (Cooked mine in a pan and then crumbled it and put it into the beans)
  6. Cover and bake slowly at least 5 hours (some cook them overnight, for as long as 8 to 10 hours), adding reserved cooking liquid if the beans get too dry, or cook 1 hour on high in the slow cooker, reduce to low, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. For a crusty, browned top, uncover, and bake an hour longer or transfer from the slow cooker to a bake and serve casserole and bake at 350 for half an hour.
  7. This is not Paula Deen's recipe but Damon Lee Fowler and he was gracious to say "Feel free to add your own special touches and seasonings, making your own traditions), so that is what I did. :-)

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About Southern Slow Cooked Baked Beans

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Collection: Let's Have A Picnic

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