All American Molasses Baked Beans

Recipe by Normaone
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins
YIELD: 7 cups




  • Place beans in a large bowl and cover with water by at least 3 inches.
  • Soak overnight.
  • Drain.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine beans and bay leaves.
  • Add enough water to cover by 3 inches.
  • Bring to a boil and continue boiling gently for about 45 minutes or until beans are tender.
  • Drain beans reserving 4 cups of the cooking liquid.
  • Preheat oven to 350^F.
  • In a large oven proof pot with a lid, combine the onion, salt pork, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, dry mustard and pepper.
  • Stir in the beans and 3 cups of the cooking liquid.
  • Cover the pot tightly with foil and then the lid.
  • Bake until the beans are very tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 2+1/2 hours.
  • Add more liquid as necessary.
  • Season with salt and pepper.