Old Fashioned New England Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry navy beans
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tbs fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tbs colemans English mustard
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 lb salt pork
  • 1/4 pound thick sliced bacon (water blanched for 10 minutes)
These beans take a total of 9 hours to cook. Don’t be alarmed, four of the nine hours are for soaking the beans! This an authentic preparation ideal for a cool fall day and once you taste them you will discover that these beans are full of deep flavor and are absolutely delicious! I use a cast iron dutch oven to make these beans and sometimes when I am feeling particularly ambitious during the last hour of cooking, we finish the beans off on a Weber grill, by placing the dutch oven over charcoal and wood chunks. This will impart a wonderful smokey flavor. Additional ingredients may be added to vary this bean dish are; tomato sauce, cloves, and bay leaf or a touch of ginger.

  • Rinse and pick over beans. Place beans in a large kettle or dutch oven and cover with water. Let soak for 4 hours. Drain and place beans back in dutch oven and cover again with water.
  • Bring to a boil, then cook covered for about 45 minutes, or until beans are just tender.
  • Drain the beans and reserve the liquid.
  • Combine the onion, salt, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.
  • Place about¬† 1/3 of the beans in the dutch oven with a small amount of the reserve liquid.
  • Cover with about 1/3 of the molasses mixture.
  • Place several slices of pork and or bacon on top.
  • Repeat layers, adding part of the reserved liquid with each layer.
  • Bake at 300 degrees covered for 5 to 6 hours or until tender, checking occasionally , and adding water if needed to keep beans covered.
  • If desired you can place beans on a covered grill with charcoal and wood chips for the last hour of cooking.

 

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