Recipe by Aroostook
Authentic lumbermen's Bean-Hole Beans, baked overnight in the ground. This recipe is the real deal and was traditionally served with biscuits, colesalaw, molasses cookies/gingerbread. From our local Patten Lumberman's Museum where every second Saturday in August they serve hundreds.
Top Review by cowbells27
How cool is this? Never heard of Bean-hole Beans, but I love the historical aspect. I did them in the crock pot because to be totallly honest I dig in my yard to plant my garden, and flowers, period. I'm sure the "hole method would enhance the flavors even more, but these were really good.
- 2 lbs of yellow eye beans
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1⁄2 cup molasses
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 large onion, cut in half
- 1 lb salt pork (sliced)
- boiling water, enough to cover
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak 2 pounds of yellow-eye beans overnight.
- Parboil beans until the skin peels away by blowing on a few beans in a spoon.
- Add the mix to the beans and stir slightly.
- Slice 1 pound salt pork into sections.
- Cut each section partly through in a criss-cross pattern and place pieces on top of the beans.
- Cover the beans and set to one side.
- The bean hole should be dug into the ground and be half again as large as your dutch oven or any other tightly lidded pot.
- Using seasoned hard wood, accumulate live coals until hole is 3/4 full.
- Shovel out the coals leaving about 3 inches of live coals in the bottom of the hole.
- Set the bean pot in the hole on top of the 3 inch bed of coals.
- Shovel the rest of the coals around and on top of the pot.
- Cover with dirt and check for escaping steam and making sure none is leaking out.
- If steam is leaking out, cover area with more dirt.
- Leave in the ground for 8 hours or overnight.
- Note: Make sure the beans are completely covered with hot water before putting in ground.
- The beans need to go into the ground hot.