Skip the can and simmer your own homemade New England baked beans in your crock pot or slow cooker. With a few simple ingredients and time, you can make a delicious, slow cooked New England baked beans dinner.
Sort through the dry beans and pick out stones or damaged beans. Rinse the beans well and place them in the slow cooker crock.
Add enough water to cover the dried beans about 2-inches, about 6 cups. Cover and soak the beans overnight.
The following morning, drain the beans and rinse well. Combine all the ingredients and 4 cups of water in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.
Begin checking the beans at 8 hours, stir, and continue cooking until the baked beans are tender and the sauce forms a caramelized, rich, and thick stew. Makes 8-10 servings.