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Monday, January 17, 2022

Homemade (No)Pork and Beans

Homemade (No)Pork and Beans are better than the store brand, your ingredients, your kitchen, for your family. And you don't have to fish out that piece of pork fat after you open the can...


We eat a lot of beans in this family! My husband, in particular, is always interested in a side dish of beans to go along with whatever else, we might be having at mealtime. Commercially prepared bean products are convenient, but more than double in price for what you can make them for at home. Plus your own homemade Homemade (No)Pork and Beans will be preservative and additive-free. 

Fortunately, beans and Crock-Pots are good friends, as are beans and Pressure Cookers! A little advanced planning and you can have these stirred together in the morning before everything else that must be done, or put them on to cook right after dinner. Either way, it works out great that beans and freezers are also good friends! Personally, I like to store Homemade (No)Pork and Beans in pint-sized freezer jars, they seem like the perfect size container for our family. Just like those cans from the store...


You can use your own jars of Homemade (No)Pork and Beans in any recipe calling for the commercially canned variety. And there are a lot of recipes calling for pork and beans because they have been around for a long time and were used to make meals more affordable in lean times. Years ago during the recession, in the 1980's I would use a can of pork and beans along with a pound of hamburger to make taco meat. 

Years ago my Mom came across a delicious Quick Bread recipe from a can of pork and beans and I have to tell you, if you were not told that the bread had beans as one of the ingredients, you would never have known. I have continued to make that same recipe through the years because it is delicious, with my own spin of whole wheat flour of course! The thing is, food manufacturers always share delicious recipes because they want you to buy their product, and now you can make your own.

Some thoughts on this recipe:

The large piece of cooked onion can be discarded, but for onion lovers, it is quite tasty, my husband looks forward to eating it without sharing! 

Or use the cooked onion when making stock or broth, it adds a mild onion flavor, just toss it in the freezer until you need to make broth. 

Homemade (No)Pork and Beans are excellent cold along with a sandwich or burger. 


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • navy beans
  • sugar
  • onion
  • salt 
  • molasses
  • mustard
  • catsup, you will find our recipe here.
You will also need:
  • Crock-Pot/slow cooker
  • knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cutting board
  • storage containers with lids
Now you are ready to begin!

Homemade (No)Pork and Beans

Homemade (No)Pork and Beans
by the seat of my pants!
UPDATED: 01.17.2022

1 pound navy beans, soak overnight or use a quick soak, drained well
1 large onion, cut 3 thin slices from the end, leave the remaining onion whole, mince the slices
1 T salt
2 T molasses
6 T sugar
1 T Ballpark mustard (simple yellow mustard)
2 T catsup
3 1/2 - 4 c boiling water*

Peel and cut the onion as directed above, mincing the slices. 

Place the drained beans in the bottom of the slow cooker, add the whole onion piece, and bury it in the beans. 

Scatter the remaining ingredients minced onion, salt, molasses, sugar, Ballpark mustard, and catsup over the top of the beans. 



Add boiling water, cook on low for 8 hours, or until tender. 

Remove the cooked onion and discard, if desired.



* Depending upon your slow cooker, you may need up to 4 cups of water. However, if the beans are a bit "soupy" when fully cooked, turn the cooker up to high and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened to your liking.

Storage options for Homemade (No)Pork and Beans. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to five days. Or freeze in covered containers for longer storage times. Thaw frozen beans in the refrigerator before using or serving. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:


Homemade (No)Pork and Beans
by the seat of my pants!
UPDATED: 01.17.2022

1 pound navy beans, soak overnight or use a quick soak, drained well
1 large onion, cut 3 thin slices from the end, leave the remaining onion whole, mince the slices
1 T salt
2 T molasses
6 T sugar
1 T Ballpark mustard (simple yellow mustard)
2 T catsup
3 1/2 - 4 c boiling water*

Peel and cut the onion as directed above, mincing the slices. 

Place the drained beans in the bottom of the slow cooker, add the whole onion piece, and bury it in the beans. 

Scatter the remaining ingredients minced onion, salt, molasses, sugar, Ballpark mustard, and catsup over the top of the beans. 

Add boiling water, cook on low for 8 hours, or until tender. 

Remove the cooked onion and discard, if desired.

* Depending upon your slow cooker, you may need up to 4 cups of water. However, if the beans are a bit "soupy" when fully cooked, turn the cooker up to high and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened to your liking.

Storage options for Homemade (No)Pork and Beans. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to five days. Or freeze in covered containers for longer storage times. Thaw frozen beans in the refrigerator before using or serving. 

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  1. I have a ton of dried beans in the house -- I could convert this to a pressure cooker recipe really easily.

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    1. Let me know, I am learning how to convert beans to my Instant Pot, enjoy!

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  2. As a vegan, I certainly prefer this recipe without the pork! It looks easy and delicious!~ thanks

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  3. We don't eat anywhere near enough beans in our house.

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    1. Thank you, we have enjoyed these beans for years! I will be making more for a Birthday BBQ this weekend, if it snows (again!) we will eat inside!

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  5. I'll be sure to try this recipe. It sounds delicious.

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  6. I think I bought dried navy beans the last time I went to the store. These really sound delicious and might go well with the pork loin we're going to cook this Sunday.

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    1. I will be making more this weekend also! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,480 this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  8. A perfect side dish!! Thanks for linking up to the Meatless Monday linky. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you at next weeks party too!

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  9. This will deliver a magical touch to our family cooking!Musical fruit! Thank you!

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  10. Looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 3. Shared onto Fb, Pn, and Tw!

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    1. Thanks so much Dee, I love sharing with the 25 and Done Link Parties!

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  11. I've been looking for a meat free baked bean recipe, forever. I'm allergic to tomatoes, so will just leave out the catsup.

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  12. Sounds like a good vegetarian recipe. That works for me!!

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    1. My husband especially loves beans as a side dish to a sandwich and these are one of his favorites!

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  13. I very much appreciate a no pork beans recipe!

    Thank you for putting this together!
    Still longing for my crock pot! Until then…pressure cooker it is!

    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead
    Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop

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    1. It's funny I never really thought the "pork" in Pork and Beans was of any value. So this recipe just seemed better to me.

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!
    Blessings,
    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead

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  15. Oh, my word! I can't believe how easy this is! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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  16. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a great weekend.

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