Prep 2 hrs
Cook 0 mins
A bowl of these beans with the pork shredded over the top is mouth watering. Served with some crusty breab its great for a cold winters day Great Recipe by John Doe…… it deserved to be published so I am posting it for him. It sounds really good comfort food,cant wait to try it myself!
- Soak beans 2 hrs.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Drain beans and cover with fresh water Bring to a boil and simmer for 1.5 hours. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
- Add the molasses, sugar, mustard pepper and reserved fluid to the beans.
- Cut 2-3 slices from the salt pork and place these in the bottom of a heavy based casserole dish. Pour in the bean mixture and top with remaiing salt pork. Cover tightly and bake for 4.5-5 hours or until beans are tender and deeply browned.
- Using two forks, shred the meat on top and mix into the beans.
- Serve hot.
The flavor of these beans is excellent! I was slightly worried about the molasses being too strong, but made as directed & found it was fine. I do think there should be a little more liquid in this recipe. I used the 1 cup of cooking liquid and then added a second cup of water as well. I baked this in an enamel-coated cast iron dutch oven and I don't know if that made it cook hotter, or what, but when I checked the beans after just 3-1/2 hours, the first inch of beans all around the perimeter of the pot were burned black. :( The rest was a little dried out, but flavor-wise they were delicious! The salt pork on top just fell apart, it was so tender, and we heartily ate the beans that we could salvage. :) Thanks for adopting this recipe, Joy! My family is looking forward to another batch real soon! :)