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Molasses & Stout Baked Beans

Slow-baked to perfection with stout, molasses and bacon, the beans in this dish will soak up every ounce of flavour!


  • 2 cups (500 mL) dry pinto beans
  • 1/2 lb (227 g) smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) finely diced white onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) stout beer
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) molasses
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) whole grain mustard
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme leaves, chopped


Rinse and drain the dry beans and place in a large pot or bowl with 6 cups (1.5 L) water and soak for 6-8 hours or overnight or alternatively, bring beans and water to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat, cover and let stand for one hour.  Drain excess water.

Place soaked beans in a medium pot and add enough water to cover beans by 2-inches (5 cm).  Cook uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until the beans are tender, not mushy, adding more water as needed.

While beans are simmering, prepare sauce in a large, thick-bottomed, oven proof pot or Dutch Oven.  Heat pot on medium heat and add bacon.  Cook until lightly golden, about 5-10 minutes.  Remove excess fat, leaving about 1 Tbsp (15 mL) in the pot with the bacon.

Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes until onions are golden.

Stir in remaining ingredients except for fresh thyme.  Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and gently simmer for 5 minutes.  Reserve until beans are ready.

Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C).

When beans are tender, drain then add to prepared sauce in oven proof pot, ensuring beans are covered by the sauce.  If not, add water or stock until beans are covered.  Cover and bake in preheated oven for 4 hours or until the beans reach desired consistency, stirring occasionally.  Add water or stock if more moisture is needed.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in the fresh thyme and serve!


  • This recipe yields savoury beans.  If you prefer sweeter baked beans, add an additional 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 mL) brown sugar to the sauce at the beginning or more brown sugar can be added to taste at the end of baking.
  • The stout can be substituted with dealcoholized beer, apple juice or stock.  Adjust sweetness as desired if using apple juice.



Reviews [3]

Bruce white

Adding maple syrup 1/4 cup of coffee and a smoked ham hock adds a nice additional flavour

Beverly Anderson
I liked it

Wow, these beans are tasty!
Used half pinto and have white beans.
Cooked the soaked beans in the instant pot for 28 min pressure, which speeded up the oven time.
Will definitely make again.