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10 Things to Know About Boston Baked Beans

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A melange of tender, slow-cooked beans, molasses, salt pork, and pepper—maybe a little mustard and onion for good measure—Boston baked beans are an old-fashioned New England comfort food that might seem more stodgy than sexy, but they're definitely satisfying. Not only cheap, reasonably healthy, and filling, they're also deeply delicious, so it's no wonder they've inspired a city nickname, a classic candy, and a tourist slogan, as well as countless imitations. And most tellingly, they've stood the test of time. Click through to learn more about this all-too-often unsung star of classic American cuisine.

By Jen Wheeler

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