My father always made the baked beans in our house. He never wrote the recipe down so this is how I've adapted it to make in a crockpot. We used to have them with Hot dogs and brown bread on Saturday nights in the winter, If there was any left overs we would have them for breakfast Sunday morning with our eggs.
Sometimes I have skipped the soaking overnight and just boiled the beans a little longer to make sure they soften. I discovered by adding the baking soda and vinegar, it had helped lessen the need for "Beano"...