Baked beans might traditionally be cooked in a Dutch oven but make no mistake about it, everything about them screams "Casserole!" This traditional recipe for Boston baked beans does require the beans to soak overnight before being boiled and then being baked, but you can save yourself time by using canned navy beans - just make sure you use the plain kind, and not the kind that have already been baked.
But even when using canned beans, there is a trick to making the perfect baked beans. That is, to keep them moist enough that they soften and so some even burst apart, but not so saturated that the dish is soupy afterwards. This is achieved by stirring them just every so often, and adding a splash of water when needed. Other than that, it's really just a matter of cooking time and you're well on your way to the perfect baked beans.
Choose your favorite pork product to use in baked beans! Hot dogs, bacon, pancetta - it's all up for grabs!