Saturday, December 19, 2015

Baked Beans

1 lb dried white beans
1 tsp baking soda
1 med onion, chopped
½ tsp salt (to taste)
ground pepper
2 tsp dry mustard
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
½ cup molasses
1 bay leaf
2 cups hot water
6 slices crisp bacon (optional)

Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. (or bring beans and water to boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.) Drain beans. Cover beans with fresh water. Add baking soda and heat to boiling. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse. Combine all ingredients in bean pot (or slow cooker). Cover and bake at 250o for 6-7 hours or until beans are tender and sauce is rich red brown. Add liquid periodically if necessary. I usually add 1-2 cups over the cooking period.

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