Maine Baked Beans

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Melody U.

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@ElfiePoo

While teaching in a one room schoolhouse off the coast of Maine, I became good friends with one of the lobster fisherman's wife. She passed on her version of baked beans. I serve it with either homemade steamed brown bread or cornbread (have posted both recipes). This is a favorite Saturday night meal along with apple pie for dessert.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
5-6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
6 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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1 lb
dried beans (jacob's cattle beans are the best)
1 medium
onion, quartered
1/4 lb
salt pork
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 c
dark molasses
1 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
pepper
3/4 Tbsp
salt

How to Make Maine Baked Beans

Step-by-Step

  • 1Rinse beans and pick over to make sure there are no stones. Place in large bowl and cover with water (at least 1" above beans). Let sit overnight.
  • 2In morning, parboil the beans until the skins crack when blown upon (maybe 10-15 minutes).
  • 3Cut onion into quarters and place in bottom of bean pot or a 4 quart casserole. Drain beans and pour over onion. Slice salt pork and lay on top of beans.
  • 4Mix sugar, molasses, mustard, pepper and salt with 2 cups of boiling water. Pour over pork and beans. If necessary, add more boiling water until beans are covered.
  • 5Bake, covered at 300 deg F for 6 hours, adding more boiling water as the beans cook (if necessary.
  • 6Serve with steamed brown bread or corn bread.
    NOTE: Beans can be cooked in crockpot but will be a bit more soupy. Not a bad thing. Just different.
    BEANS: Jacob's cattle beans are the best and I usually order 10# at a time online. They're worth it. May also use kidney beans, red beans or navy beans (my least favorite).

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About Maine Baked Beans

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom




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