Doctored-up "canned beans" are OK if you're in a hurry...I've done it more than once, but for REAL Baked Beans, give these a try! The aroma of them baking in the oven is heavenly!!! A stoneware bean pot is preferred, but you can use a small covered roaster or casserole if need be. My Dad always used lean salt pork, but I prefer to use a good smoked bacon.
- 1 lb navy beans
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup light molasses
- 1⁄2 cup catsup
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons seasoning salt, Lawry's preferred
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 lb thick slab bacon, diced (thick sliced is OK)
- THE NIGHT BEFORE:.
- Wash & sort beans for any small stones.
- Place in a large kettle & cover with water, about 3 inches above the beans.
- Cover & soak overnight.
- THE NEXT MORNING:.
- Drain & add 6 cups fresh cold water.
- Stir in the baking soda (this helps remove the "music" afterwards, but no guarantees. LOL!).
- Cover & bring to a boil -- WATCH CAREFULLY so as to not boil over!
- Reduce heat & simmer for 10 minutes.
- Drain & reserve the bean water.
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Add remaing ingredients plus 2 cups of the reserved bean water.
- Place everything into the bean pot (or whatever you're using) & cover.
- (Use double-thick aluminum foil to cover if need to.).
- Bake for 3 to 4 hours.
- IMPORTANT: Check every couple of hours, adding more bean water if needed, so the beans don't cook dry.