Dad’s recipe for Brown Sugar + Molasses Beans

Dad’s recipe for Brown Sugar + Molasses Beans


  • 1 bag of beans
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (2-3 sprinkles each)
  • Optional:
    • Chopped onion
    • 4-5 pieces of bacon
    • Piece of pork


  1. Soak the Beans:
    • Soak the beans overnight in cold water.
  2. Prepare the Mixture:
    • Drain the beans, reserving the soaking water.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, yellow mustard, and reserved soaking water. Stir well.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • Add the soaked beans back into the mixture and fold everything together.
    • If using, add chopped onion, bacon pieces, or a piece of pork.
  4. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).
    • Transfer the bean mixture to a baking dish and bake for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and the sauce has thickened.