Prep Time: 1 hr.
Cook Time: 8 hr.
Yield: 8 servings
1 6 or 8 quart Dutch oven
2 pounds beans – (usually pea beans, yellow eye beans, soldier beans, Jacob’s cattle)
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (Oil reduces foaming during the cooking process.)
½ pound salt pork or substitute with all natural bacon
½ cup sugar
½ cup unsulfured molasses for light beans (or 2/3 cup molasses for dark beans)
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 medium-size onion
2 - 3 cups boiling hot water (depending on how large the Dutch oven you use)
This recipe can cut in half by using 1/2 of all the ingredients
Soak beans in water overnight.
In the morning parboil for ten minutes with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Drain in a colander. Then run cold water through the beans in a colander or strainer.
Dice rind of salt pork in inch squares, cut in half. Put half on bottom of a small to medium Dutch oven with whole onion. Put beans in the Dutch oven. Put the rest of the pork on top. Mix other ingredients with the 2 -3 cups of boiling hot water. Pour over beans (to just cover, save the remaining mixture, if any). Put in 300-degree oven for 8 hours. You’ve got to add water as necessary to keep the beans moist. Keep a close watch for the first two hours and add more of the reserved hot water mixture as needed.
OPTION: If you place a piece of dried kelp/seaweed in pot with the beans, the gaseous nature of the beans is ‘tamed.’ Dried kelp can be found in health food stores.
NOTE: This recipe can be made in a crock-pot, set on high for 8 hours or until beans are tender. Results are the same either cooking method.
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This State-Of-Maine Baked Beans recipe is more than 200 years old and is still a Saturday night dinner tradition for Maine families from York to Presque Isle to Machias. Maine tradition serves this bean dish w/ fried ham slices or red hot dogs, coleslaw, or green salad. Brown bread, corn bread or homemade yeast bread are nice additions.