Honest to goodness, these are THE best baked beans I have ever had. I'm tossing any and all recipes I have held on to and replacing them with this one. The recipe comes from my husband's cuz Ellen. She got the recipe from her grandmother who got it from her mother (that would be Ellen's great grandmother) in case your keeping track. Now cousin Ellen is 60y/o...... as you can see, this recipe has been in the family 4EVER! Update: 8/2010 Please don't attempt to make this in a crockpot, I did and it never thickened and got yummy ooey gooey the way I like it. It tasted great but this is best baked in the oven, long and slow! I have successfully halved this recipe many times. Enjoy!