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Pressure Cooker Baked Beans – Southern Style

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Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

This southern-style pressure cooker baked beans recipe is incredibly simple to make and full of rich, sweet, and savory flavors. And it’s perfect for all your summer BBQ’s and picnics.

Cooked from Scratch

My wife is a huge proponent of cooking from scratch for two reasons: 1. It’s typically cheaper than purchasing pre-made food. 2. You have total control of the ingredient list and can minimize artificial additives.

However, there’s one draw back to cooking from scratch: It’s time consuming. Unless, of course, you own one of these:

Because this recipe is made in a pressure cooker, the hands-on time is relatively low. After quickly sautéing the bacon, onions and green pepper, add the rest of the ingredients, lock the lid, close the pressure valve, set the manual time for 60 minutes and walk away! No waiting hours for the beans to simmer on the stove top. And the result is a pot of delicious southern pressure cooker baked beans from scratch!

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Do I have to soak the beans?

The short answer is: no. It is not a requirement that you soak the beans first. However… There is one huge benefit I’ve found in soaking the beans first – The whole digestion process! I don’t know about you, but I can definitely feel a difference when the beans are not soaked. And by feel, I really mean hear (and possibly smell). Catch my drift? Well, stand downwind and you’ll smell what I’m cooking.


The Truth About Salt & Beans

Do you know why you wait to add salt until your beans are fully cooked? Most people, like myself for a long time, think it’s because it helps the beans cook more quickly. This seems true, but is actually an illusion. The real reason to wait is this… Salt makes the skin of the beans tough, which is why they then take longer to cook. So this is probably the only time I will ever recommend you wait until the end to season your food. Only with beans!


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Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Southern-style baked beans from scratch with deep, rich, and sweet flavor!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 336 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 1 pound dried navy beans soaked at least 8 hours
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 3 cups chicken stock unsalted
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water


  1. Soak beans for at least 8 hours, preferably 24. Drain beans and rinse.
  2. Using sauté setting – cook bacon until almost crispy, then add onions, green peppers, and vinegar. Cook until onions and peppers are semi-soft and vinegar is evaporated, making sure to scrape up brown bits from bottom.
  3. Add beans, stock, maple syrup, molasses, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. Lock lid, close pressure valve, and set manual time for 60 minutes.
  5. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes. Then release remaining pressure and remove lid.
  6. In a small dish, combine cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. of water. Add salt and cornstarch mixture to pot. Switch to sauté setting and cook until desired consistency.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 803mg 33%
Potassium 781mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 20g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Vitamin C 11.2%
Calcium 9.4%
Iron 16.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    June 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Baked beans are one of my all time favorite BBQ sides, and these look INCREDIBLE. Obviously love love love the pressure cooker-convenience factor as well. Cannot wait to dive into these!

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    June 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Going have to try this plus fish sticks and biscuits with molasses yummy

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    August 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    This recipe is way too sweet. I will try with a
    Lb and a half of beans and no brown-sugar.

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      Chef Gary
      August 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

      But what if we like sweet baked beans? 🙂

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    January 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    This recipe produced the best baked beans! I love the blend of spices and the perfect amount of sweetness!

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    July 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Soaking beans in salt water gives the beans softer skins! There’s actual science behind the technique. Cooks Illustrated explains. I’ve tried it. It works.

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      Chef Gary
      July 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Hey Anna! Thanks for the tip. I’ve heard that before, but somehow I’ve never tried it. Always looking to become a better cook, so I appreciate the info!

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