bean icon

Maple Baked Beans

This dish is Shady Side Farm’s sweeter twist on classic baked beans. Try it with Jacob’s Cattle, Dapple Grey, Arikara Yellow beans, or another firm-but-yielding variety.

Maple Baked Beans


  • Maple Baked Beans:
  • 1 pound Jacob's Cattle or other dry beans
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 glugs of maple syrup about 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 —pound chunk of bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard


  • The night before, pick over beans, cover generously with cold water, and set aside. The next morning, drain water and add fresh water to the beans.
  • Bring beans to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until just tender-—30—6O minutes.
  • Drain beans; put in slow cooker on high. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf and chopped bacon. Add maple syrup and enough cold water to cover beans. Stir beans from time to time and add a bit of hot water if necessary to keep the top layer just nicely submerged.
  • Mid-afternoon, stir in salt and dry mustard. Remove the lid for the last hour of cooking so the beans thicken.

More recipes: