Baked beans in a sweet, smokey, sticky sauce are a popular side dish especially in the summer with whatever you’re grilling.
Despite being called baked beans, most baked beans are slow simmered in a sweet molasses sauce not baked. “Baking” them in the pressure cooker cuts 2/3 off the cooking time.
Cecilia, a Pressure Cooking Today reader asked me if I would post a pressure cooker baked beans recipe. Although you can make great baked beans with canned beans, cooking them in the pressure cooker from dry beans is easy, cheaper, and your beans will be better tasting.
Making Baked Beans in an Instant Pot
Better Homes and Gardens has a good tutorial on cooking baked beans from scratch and I adapted their recipe for the pressure cooker. The baked beans have a great, traditional flavor. I like lots of bacon in my baked beans, so I doubled the bacon.
You’ll get the prettiest, least broken beans if you soak them overnight, but if you’re in a hurry you can simmer the beans in the pressure cooker for two minutes and then let them soak for an hour before proceeding with the recipe.
Pressure Cooker Baked Beans
- 1 pound dried navy beans
- 8 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 10-ounces (8 slices) thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Rinse beans in a colander and sort through the beans to remove any debris. Soak beans overnight in the pressure cooking pot with 8 cups water mixed with 1 tablespoon salt. * Drain and rinse the beans; discard the soaking liquid.
Select Browning and add bacon to pressure cooking pot. Cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Cook the onion in bacon drippings until tender, about 3 minutes. Scrap up brown bits on the bottom of the pot as the onions cook.
Add 2 1/2 cups water, molasses, ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to the onions in the pot and stir to combine. Stir in the soaked beans.
Select high pressure and 35 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and wait for 10 minutes, after 10 minutes use a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. Discard any beans that are floating, Check several beans to see if they’re tender. If not, pressure cooker for a few minutes longer.
Stir in cooked bacon. Select Simmer and simmer beans uncovered, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn, until the sauce is the desired consistency.
*If you don’t have time for an overnight soak, use the Browning setting to bring the salted water to a boil. Boil beans for two minutes. Turn pressure cooker off and let beans soak one hour. Proceed with the recipe as directed.