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Slow Cooker Molasses Beans

These delicious slow cooked beans are the perfect accompaniment to your weekend breakfast.
Prep Time 1 d 1 hr
Cook Time 10 hrs
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Servings 20 individual servings


  • Slow cooker
  • Medium pot
  • Large pan


  • 2 cups white navy beans soaked in cold water for 24 hours
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup bacon diced
  • 3/4 cup beer of your choice
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth


  • Soak 2 cups of white navy beans in cold water for 24 hours.
  • Simmer the soaked beans, in fresh water, for approximately 40-60 minutes until tender but not mushy (the timing will largely depend on your stove top).
  • In a large pan, over medium heat, cook and render the fat of the diced bacon for approximately 12-15 minutes. At this point, before the bacon gets crispy, reduce to medium-low heat and add the diced onion, garlic, pepper and chili powder. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until onion becomes translucent. Next, turn up to medium-high heat and add beer to deglaze the pan, about 5-7 minutes until the alcohol evaporates.
  • Add your bacon mixture and drained tender navy beans into the slow cooker. Add the molasses, BBQ sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, vegetable broth, onion powder and garlic powder and stir the contents until well combined. Depending on time, you can slow° cook the beans on low heat for 10 hours (overnight) or on high heat for 4 hours.


Don't have a slow cooker? You can easily bake these beans in the oven at 375°F for 2.5-3 hours.
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