These beans are so simple to make, and if anybody looks at my recipes they will see that I stick to easy cooking. I have been making these baked beans for years, and gradually have tweaked the recipe to satisfy my families taste. My husband isn't crazy about a lot of onions, so I don't use them in the beans. We love sweet beans. Just like any recipe in the universe, you can add or subtract to suit your taste. These beans are fresh Maine beans that we bought at the farmers market. They are cooking in the oven right now and they smell soooo good!!!
1First you need to soak the beans overnight in cold water. Then turn the stove on and slowly boil until the skins start to peel off the beans. I usually take a spoon full and blow on them.
2drain the beans
3Cut the salt pork into about 4 or 5 slices, and put in the bottom of the bean pot. Pour the beans in over the salt pork.
4In a saucepan put 3 cups of cold water. Add the mustard, molasses and brown sugar to the pan. Cook until hot and pour over the beans in the pot.
5Put the pot into the oven at 300 degrees and cook for about 8 hours. Depending on your oven, they might be done sooner than that. This is my bean pot that I got as a wedding gift 33 1/2 years ago.
6Periodically throughout the cooking process you will have to check the beans to make sure there is enough water. I leave a small pan on the stove and boil water before I add it to the beans. At the end of the cooking process I stop adding water because I want the liquid to be a bit thick. Also taste the beans at times to see how they are doing. You can tell when they're done.
7When my beans are done, I add more brown sugar. This is of course optional. Like I said above my family likes sweet beans. You can leave the beans on the stove with the cover on and they'll stay warm for quite awhile. You can also put them back in the oven to heat through again. Here is the finished product. They are perfectly browned, sweet and delicious. I make Annette's 7-up biscuits, which were delicious, and served them with the beans.