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Amazing Beer Baked Beans

If you want to try a different take on the popular baked beans recipe, try this amazing beer baked beans recipe. We put a new spin on an old classic with one of our make ahead picnic recipes, perfect for preparing ahead of time and then taking to a party or enjoying later.

Cooking Time8 hr

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 1 pound Jacob's Cattle Beans
  • 1 pound lean salt pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 12 ounces beer


  1. Cover beans with water and soak overnight, drain.
  2. Add salt pork to beans and cover with enough water to boil.
  3. Boil beans till skin splits.
  4. Drain, remove salt pork and cut into 2-inch cubes and score them.
  5. Mix all the other ingredients together and add to beans.
  6. Place in slow cooker and add enough water to cover beans.
  7. Add the salt pork; cover and cook on low temperature for 8 hours.

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This sounds yummy!

Hello Johndeersey, I'm not sure exactly where it's sold, though I know you can find them online. I say you can substitute with any dried red bean. But cattle beans literally look like a spotted cow, with red/brown and white colors. Thanks!

Where Can You Get Jacob's Cattle Beans At I have never heard of them?

Jacob's cattle beans are an heirloom bean. They are very attractive, large sort of kidney shaped speckled beans. I've seem them at Whole Foods and independent organic stores. You don't have to have these beans, but they make quite a presentation if you can get them! Sometimes they're called trout bean, Dalmatian bean, or Appaloosa bean.


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