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Baked Beans

  • Serves 8.


  • 1 lb. navy beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 pound salt pork, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Soak beans overnight in 6 cups of water. In the morning, add baking soda and bring to a boil. Lower heat and continue to boil for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid. Place salt pork, onion, and beans in a 2-quart casserole or bean pot. Combine molasses, sugar, dry mustard, pepper, and 1 cup reserved liquid. Pour over beans and stir. Add just enough reserved liquid to cover beans (about 1 cup). Cover casserole or bean pot and bake at 300° for 2 hours. Add remaining liquid and stir. Bake an additional 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until beans are tender and liquid is absorbed.

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