How to make slow cooker ham and baked beans

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Baked beans are so good! They're warm and comforting, and just a little bit goes a long way because they're extremely filling. Many prefer baked beans drenched in barbecue sauce, but others are more of a purist. The recipe below leaves them mostly as is, with just a little onion mixed in for flavoring. That combination is the only way to really get the full creaminess of the beans, and that ham flavor that really packs a punch of its own.
If you make baked beans in the oven, that can take an entire afternoon because, let's face it, beans take a long time to cook. But you can make them in the slow cooker. You still have to let the beans soak overnight – the most inactive form of cooking there is. But after that, you just dump everything in the slow cooker and come back to a delicious and hearty meal (or side dish) when you get home. Scoop them out, pour some of that hearty broth over your serving and enjoy.
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Slow Cooker Ham and Baked Beans
8
10 minutes
8 hours
8 hours, 10 minutes
1 pound dried navy beans
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 onion, chopped in a medium dice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 pound smoked ham, skin removed and cut in a large dice
6 cups chicken broth
Sort beans and soak in enough water to cover by two inches overnight. In the morning, rinse and drain the beans and place them in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until the beans are tender.
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