Grandma's Baked Beans

You all are so lucky! This is a secret family recipe that is AWESOME!!! So awesome, I have to share it with you. I never met my grandmother because she died when my mom was a teenager, but this is a favorite recipe my mom loved that her mom made when she was growing up.

My family eats these EVERY Thanksgiving & Christmas. It is one of the sides I can’t go without. These are perfect for summer BBQ’s as well & can actually be served WARM or COLD. My family actually prefers them cold; my favorite is dipping my hot turkey/ham in some cold beans instead of gravy. Call me crazy, but I dare you to try them both ways & see which way you prefer.

Grandma’s Baked Beans

Grandma’s Baked Beans


  • 2 cups canned beans (we generally use pork & beans, whichever brand you prefer)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses


  1. Throw everything in a pot on the stove & simmer 30 min to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The longer the better 🙂