Instant Pot “Baked” Beans

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Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!

I love baked beans. I usually have seconds (and thirds!) any time they’re part of a meal.

I don’t make them from scratch too often, but once I got my Instant Pot, I wanted to try pressure cooking them.

The results rocked my world!

Instant Pot "Baked" Beans: Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!

I really liked the addition of bacon to the beans. It added a nice smoky flavor and it was nice to run into the occasional bit-o-pork while eating this.

Beans can be a little finicky, so cooking times may vary. I ended up needing to cook them for an additional 10 minutes at high pressure for them to be tender enough, so I changed the directions to reflect the additional time. Just know that your results may vary, depending on your beans.

Instant Pot "Baked" Beans: Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!

I loved that I could thicken the sauce right in the Instant Pot. I got the beans nice and thick and sticky – just how I like ’em!

What’s your favorite BBQ side dish? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below!

Instant Pot “Baked” Beans

Prep Time 6 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes 4-6 Servings

Instant Pot “Baked” Beans

Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!

Ingredients

8 ounces dried navy beans, sorted to remove any foreign objects
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon peanut oil
4 slices (about 4 ounces) thick-sliced bacon (I used Applegate Uncured Sunday Bacon), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Instructions

  1. Cover dried beans with water by 2-3 inches. Add salt. Cover and soak 6 hours. Drain.
  2. Set Instant Pot to "Sauté" and adjust to "Normal". Add oil and bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until it starts to get crispy. Add garlic and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to soften.
  3. Add soaked beans and remaining ingredients (water through white pepper). Close Instant Pot and set to "Bean/Chili" on high pressure, and adjust to 50 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes before carefully opening the lid. Test the beans to make sure they're tender enough, and if not, close the lid and let the cook for another 10 minutes on high pressure.
  5. To thicken the sauce, set the Instant Pot to "Sauté", adjust to "More" and let the liquid reduce and thicken to desired consistency, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom, about 5-10 minutes.

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

http://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/instant-pot-baked-beans/

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Instant Pot "Baked" Beans: Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!Instant Pot "Baked" Beans: Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!
Instant Pot "Baked" Beans: Bacon and molasses take this sweet-and-salty side dish to the next level!
  • Lori H

    Baked beans are my favorite too. I always love the smell of onions and bacon browning together in a cast iron skillet. Scoop some up with a potato chip, and now you’re really talking!

  • Hi Ashley – love these homemade baked beans! I keep thinking I need to try an Instant Pot – I keep seeing great recipes like yours using one.

  • ErinBrighton

    I love homemade baked beans!!! And I think I need to get an Instant Pot!

  • Heather @FrenchPress

    my kids LOVE homemade baked beans! now I need to get myself an instant pot

  • I just got an instant pot and have yet to try it–this may be my break out recipe~

  • OMG! I grew up eating canned baked beans. Brings back memories. Have to try this. My mom would love it!

  • I need to get in on this Instant Pot thing! It sounds awesome!!! Especially for someone like me who eats so many beans, haha

  • Carol Borchardt

    Love, love, love good baked beans! These look amazing! I don’t have an Instant Pot yet, but do have an electric pressure cooker. I think I need to trade it in for an Instant Pot!