Baked Beans #7 (Old Fashioned)

  • 1 lbs great northern or small
  • 2 lbs mixed beans - Great Northerns, white beans Romans, and random mix.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper from a bottle
  • dash of hot sauce
  • 1 heaping tsp hot chili condiment
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cup coarse chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup molasses or honey
  • 1/2 cup (scant) honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar image placeholder

Presoak beans. Drain. Combine dry ingredients and mix with beans; stir in other ingredients. Pour into 1 1/2 qt. or 2 qt. baking dish or bean pot. [Obviously, if you double the recipe like I did, you'll need a bigger pot :-] Pour in boiling water to cover. Cover. Bake at 300 degrees for 6 hours; add a bit of boiling water if needed. (Crock-pot method: cook on low 8-10 hours.)

Comments: I just dumped everything on top of the beans and stirred them; then covered them with hot tap water. They took a lot longer than 10 hours to cook, but that might have been due to too-low heat on the crockpot. (Also, reportedly vinegar and other acid substances need to be added at the end of cooking else they'll make the beans tough.)

These beans were *really* good. The caramelized onions were even better. I've enjoyed the beans plain, with barbecue sauce, and with spinach and corn added.

Irrelevant comment: This is the closest I've followed a recipe (except for baking) in years. I hope y'all are suitably impressed ;-)

Source: Aliza R. Panitz
Submitted by: Recipe Group Member
Date: March 12, 1995