I used smoked bacon like someone suggested, and cooked in my small crock pot all day. Hand to add a small amount of water while cooking. Great recipe
Vermont Baked Beans
Flourchild60 Posted: 08/19/10
JasonM Posted: 05/26/09
These are always a big hit at a cookout. I use 4oz of center-cut bacon instead of the 4oz salt pork that's called for. I think this adds more flavor and perhaps a tiny bit less fat and more smokyness. The first time I cooked this, I attempted to do it WITHOUT the 8hr soaking step. That was not a wise decision as the beans took quite a while to soften. With the soaking, however, I found the cooking times to be nearly accurate. Definitely use Grade B maple syrup. The flavor is much stronger.
Catwoman Posted: 11/25/10
My husband really liked. Not too sweet / syrupy. I did add a bit of molasses to punch it up.
jmpiterniak Posted: 10/02/11
This was just wretched. I followed all directions (including soaking the beans) but put it all in the crock pot instead of baking. Eight hours later, I had beans in greasy water. Really? That was nasty. They were supposed to be for a multi-family potluck. I felt like a schmuck when I had to bring cans of Bush's baked beans instead...do NOT recommend this one.
kathca Posted: 06/02/14
I followed the recipe exactly, except I forgot to add the 1/4 cup of maple syrup at the end. Family loved it. When I discovered my mistake, we all agreed the additional syrup wasn't needed. The slightly sweet, smokey flavor was delicious. This will be a regular on my dinner table!