Slow Cooker Baked Beans- Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans
Boston Baked Beans
Boston Baked Beans

Beans are a perfect slow cooker meal. These Slow Cooker Baked Beans are Boston style baked beans. Meaning that I used molasses, instead of our Canadian version which uses maple syrup. If you don't have molasses, use maple syrup, but please be sure to use only real maple syrup. Artificially flavoured pancake syrups will not work with this. (Or, to me, in any recipe). These beans will shine with either molasses or maple syrup, but will be slightly different with each.

If you have a ham bone left over from Easter, this is a great way to use it, or you can leave it out for a vegetarian bean dish. If you don't have a ham bone and want the pork, you can use bacon, or ham, finely chopped. But, these beans are just as delicious as a vegetarian meal.

Slow cookers are the best invention ever for people who want to cook from scratch, but don't have time. Coming home from work to a meal already made, and a house that smells like you cooked all day? Yes, please! Put your slow cooker to use every chance you can.

These slow cooker baked beans are a perfect meal just by themselves, and, they make a great side dish, too. They are potluck stars and kids love them. I've heard that if you add baking soda to your bean pot, the beans will be less gassy. I can't tell you for sure that it works, but I do it anyway. If you make this, maybe you'll know whether the baking soda trick works. If it doesn't, these beans are worth it.

Beans are a quality source of healthy, animal free protein and we should all pay more attention to them in our diet. I love that these slow cooked beans are an amazing dish to come home to., thanks to the slow cooker. Once you make these simple, delicious baked beans, you'll never eat them from a can again, if you ever did.

This recipe makes a lot of beans, so it's perfect for feeding a crowd, potlucks, or leftovers to reheat for lunches. You can also freeze them.

Do you want some more slow cooker stars? Then check out Slow Cooker Cabbage & Apples, or have breakfast ready when you wake up with Overnight Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Baked Beans- Boston Baked Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 408

Fat per serving: 2.4g

Slow Cooker Baked Beans- Boston Baked Beans


  • 2 pounds (900 grams) navy beans, rinsed, picked through, and soaked in water in the fridge overnight
  • Enough hot water to cover ingredients by one inch in the slow cooker
  • One ham bone (with bits of meat still on; even better)
  • 1 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tsp dry mustard
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced


  1. Put all ingredients into the slow cooker and combine well. Cook on low for 8 hours. 30 minutes before serving, remove the cover to allow the beans to thicken. Remove and discard ham bone, if using.


Nutritional info indicated includes using a ham bone.

Boston Baked Beans
Boston Baked Beans


3 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Beans- Boston Baked Beans

  1. Colleen, I love the sweetness of baked beans and this recipe looks delicious. It’s time to pull out the slow cooker.

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