Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

This is the method I use for all my bean-cooking needs (when I don't break out my trusty pressure cooker). This amount of liquid makes a very stiff batch of beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Heat a large, heavy, oven-safe pot (like a dutch oven) with a tight fitting lid, over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon pieces until they are starting to get crispy and some fat is rendered.
  4. Add the onion, and cook with a pinch of salt until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the beans, water, and bay leaves. Raise the heat and bring to a boil.
  7. Put the lid on the pot, and transfer it to the oven.
  8. Cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the beans are soft.