Comment: Often called Boston Baked beans, this recipe is based on a traditional New England style with a foundation of an old family recipe. The key is in cooking them long and slow. We use a Bean Pot but a Dutch Oven would work fine and these can also be made in a Slow cooker using the same recipe.
4-5 Hours (plus night before for soaking the beans)
1lb Navy Beans (1 package)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 lb of Salt Pork (cut into large pieces)
1 Medium [diced] Onion
1/4 cup Molasses
3/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 Tbl [dark or light] Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Dry Mustard
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Tsp Black pepper
- Soak the beans in water overnight -be sure they are well covered by at least 2″ of water
- The next day, rinse the Beans and place in a Dutch Oven with enough water to cover them by about an inch and add the Baking Soda
- Bring to boil (be careful as the Baking Soda will boil into a heavy foam -which can be removed as needed). Let boil for only 5min, then drain and reserve liquid. Place beans back in Dutch oven (or move to Bean Pot)
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the molasses, syrup, brown sugar, mustard, salt and pepper
- Add the onions and salt pork to the beans in the Dutch Oven -can use layers or just lightly mix in so they are evenly spread throughout the beans
- Pour the mixture over the beans and gently stir it in -no need to over mix, just gently stir it in
- Using some of the reserved liquid, cover the beans until just to the top
- Place in a 300d oven for 3-4 hours…checking at each hour to be sure beans are covered. Don’t stir them and don’t add too much liquid -just enough to keep them from drying out. If they are drying out, add more of the reserved liquid as needed.
- Optional but leave uncovered for the last 30min to get a crisp top -stir before serving [hot]
Additional Comments: Do NOT use Blackstrap molasses (adds a bitter taste). Salt Pork works best but if you can’t find it, bacon will work -avoid flavored style as that can add unwanted tastes to the finished beans. Using the baking soda when boiling is optional but it is suppose to reduce bean’s traditional “side effects”. Be sure and cut Salt Pork into large pieces (this way it can be removed when served so people don’t eat it -although this isn’t really needed if using bacon). Cooking time is not exact, 3 hours min, 4 max and they are easy to overcook (which turns them to mush) so check often after 3 hours.