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Video:How to Make Crock Pot Baked Beans

with Gina Miller

Baked beans are a pretty basic dish to be able to make, and it's even easier to make using a crock pot. Here's a simple recipe for crock pot baked beans.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Crock Pot Baked Beans

Hi, I'm Gina Miller with About.com Food, and today, I'm making baked beans in a slow cooker. This is the type of dish that any cook, from a novice to a seasoned chef, will find delicious, and it's nearly foolproof.

Crock Pot Baked Beans Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need to make baked beans in a slow cooker:
  • 1 pound of dry navy beans, soaked and precooked
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 cooked ham hock
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of bottled BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Prepare the Beans

OK, let's get started. First, soak the beans overnight in a large covered pot. After the beans have soaked overnight, drain off all of the water and return the beans to the large pot. Cover the beans with 5 cups of fresh water and simmer over medium-low heat on the stovetop until tender, about 1 hour. After the beans have cooked for an hour, reserve 2 cups of the water that can be used to keep the beans moist during the cooking process. Then drain the beans of the remaining liquid.

Bake Beans in Crock Pot

In a slow cooker add the pre-cooked beans, the cooked ham hock, tomato sauce, the chopped onion, garlic, bay leaf, ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Next, cover the crock pot and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, or until the beans are tender and flavorful.

Crock Pot Baked Beans Tips

Here's a tip: Check the beans after about 4 hours of cooking, and add a little of the reserved liquid if needed. Do not allow the beans to become dry. Also, try making this dish the day before for a truly enhanced flavor. This recipe serves 8-10 people and, because it's cooked in a crock pot, it makes the dish easy to keep warm. You can serve directly from the crock pot, so you don't need an additional serving pan, and it's great for any outdoor BBQ or a pot luck dinner party.

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