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

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

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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!

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Instant Pot “Baked” Beans

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Instant Pot

Description

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.

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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!

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20 Comments

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Dave

    I doubled the recipe. Cooked just the beans in the IP on manual 30 minutes instead of soaking. Followed the rest of the recipe, added the beans, and cooked on manual for another 20 minutes. They came out awesome, though a bit too sweet for me, so I threw in a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. This recipe is a keeper!

    • BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Hi Alice – you drain the soaking water off of the beans and then after you sauté the bacon, onions and garlic you add the beans that have been drained back into the pot plus an additional 1 1/2 cups water and the remaining ingredients (molasses through white pepper). Hope that’s helpful!

  • Jill

    Hi, followed the recipe to a T, soaked the beans over night for 14hrs.
    Cooked them on beans/chilli for 60 minutes, still hard! Back in for 20 minutes, still hard. Another 20 minutes, softer but still too hard. So much liquid, it’s like soup! Tried sauté on high to reduce liquids, still very very soupy.
    What am I doing wrong?!

    • Ashley

      I’m so sorry you had such trouble with this recipe, Jill! I’m by no means a dried bean expert – have you worked with dried beans in your Instant Pot before? Does the beans/chili setting cook at high pressure?

    • Ashley

      I’m so sorry these didn’t work out for you, Rachael! There should be plenty of liquid to keep them from burning. Has your Instant Pot had issues with other recipes burning? I have some friends who have that happen with things like rice fairly often but I’ve never experienced it personally.

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