Sandra's Maple Beans With Ginger

Sandra modified a recipe from a friend, and came up with this delicious and perfectly balanced combination. This is, hands-down, the best baked bean recipe I have ever eaten, and it's a new staple at my house.

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Servings: 12

Prep Time: 12:00

Cook Time: 04:00

Main Ingredients

2 lb dried jacob's cattle beans

1 1/2 cups maple syrup

6 bay leaves

4 - 12 tbsp grated ginger (sandra uses lots)

1 cup ketchup

1/4 tsp saigon chilli sauce or 1 tsp dried chili flakes

12 oz double-smoked bacon, cubed (from emin's meat market if possible)

2 large onions, quartered

salt and pepper


1In a large bowl or pot, cover beans with water and soak overnight.

2Simmer beans on stovetop until barely tender, about 10-15 min. The skins of the beans should split when you blow on them, but they should still not taste cooked. Drain. Cover with fresh water, add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.

3Bake, covered, in 325 oven for 4 hours, or you can cook even longer at a lower heat if needed.

Additional Notes

These beans freeze very well. This recipe makes a BIG batch; it can easily be halved. If you're not in Yarmouth with access to Emin's Meat Market, look for double smoked bacon at your own local butcher. For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and add a tiny bit of liquid smoke.

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