Baked Beans, Aldine Hotel Style

11
Michelle Koletar/Mertz

By
@Mertzie

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★☆ 35 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
3 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 4 lb
    canned, northern beans (undrained)
  • 2 c
    white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    white vinegar
  • 3/4 lb
    bacon, uncooked
  • ·
    black pepper
  • 1
    large onion

How to Make Baked Beans, Aldine Hotel Style

Step-by-Step

  1. I like to freeze the bacon first so that it is easy to cut. Cut the bacon up in bite-sized pieces.
  2. 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).
  3. To the bean liquid, add the diced bacon and mix in sugar, vinegar, diced onion, bacon & black pepper. Pour over top of beans & stir.
  4. 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.

Printable Recipe Card

About Baked Beans, Aldine Hotel Style

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



Show 436 Comments & Reviews

14 Fresh Tomato Dishes for Summer

14 Fresh Tomato Dishes for Summer


Tomatoes are available year-round, but sweet and juicy they are at their prime in the summer. If you grow them, you may be wondering what’s the best way to use fresh tomatoes. By weaving them into as many meals as you can! How about in an easy gazpacho soup or bruschetta? Or, use fresh tomatoes […]

13 Different Ways To Grill Chicken

13 Different Ways To Grill Chicken


When asked, “What’s for dinner?” and you answer chicken, you won’t get a sigh from your family if you say grilled chicken. No matter what cut of chicken your family likes, we’ve gathered an assortment of recipes to make all summer long. You’ll find grilled chicken breast, wing, and thigh recipes. Plus, a tasty recipe […]

11 Recipes That Spotlight Pesto

11 Recipes That Spotlight Pesto


Bright green in color, pesto is a classic northern Italian sauce. Traditionally made with basil, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and nuts (pine nuts or walnuts), it has a slightly grassy and nutty flavor. Easy to make at home, it’s versatile and quite tasty. We’re sharing pesto sauce from scratch recipes along with ways you can […]