Maple Syrup Beans with Bacon

These delicious, maple-flavoured beans are well worth the wait! The perfect side dish for your backyard BBQ or family gathering, you’ll have everyone clamouring for the recipe.

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Prep Time:
12+ hours
Cook Time:
7 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time:
4-6 servings


1 lb dried white beans
2 ½ cups water
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
½ cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
¼ cup ketchup
1 pinch of ground black pepper
½ lb lardons (cubed streaky bacon)


  1. Rinse and pick through the beans. Leave them to soak overnight (12 hours) in a large pan filled with water.
  2. Rinse and strain the beans. Put them in a large saucepan and add enough water to just cover them.
  3. Season with salt. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 30 minutes on a medium heat.
  4. Cook until soft (they will not soften in the oven so they need to reach the desired texture beforehand).
  5. Preheat the oven to 120 ˚C (250 ˚F).
  6. Strain the beans. Put the onions in the bottom of a large casserole or oven-proof dish.
  7. In a large bowl, mix the beans with the cider vinegar, dry mustard, maple syrup, ketchup and pepper. Pour the combined ingredients over the onions.
  8. Place the bacon pieces over the top. Add enough water to cover the ingredients by at least an inch.
  9. Put in the oven and cook without stirring for 7 hours.



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