Boston Baked Beans

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READY IN: 5hrs 30mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Soak the beans overnight in water to cover by 3 inches. Or, alternatively: place the beans in a saucepan with water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes; remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Drain the beans and place them in a large saucepan with 8 cups of water. Bring the beans to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the whole onion, reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until beans are half tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the beans and discard the onion.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch the salt pork for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine the chopped onion with the molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, pepper, and cloves. Stir in 2 cups of water.
  • Place the beans and reserved salt pork in a 2 1/2-quart casserole or bean pot. Add the bay leaf. Pour the onion-molasses mixture over the beans. Cover tightly and bake for 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the cover, stir the beans, and continue baking, uncovered, for 30 minutes longer, discard the bay leaf before serving.
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