My mom, would would have been 78 today, she was the family bean baker, and when she became ill, I began making them and bringing them to family parties. Mom would always tell me what she thought of them too!!!
I decided to make them for Easter, I have to tell you I was a little nervous about making them this way. I felt like I was tempting fate by messing with a tried and true family recipe! So, I tried something I have NEVER done before - make baked beans in my crock pot!!!
I know people who have done it, but not me. I asked my other "bean baking sister," Marilyn if she'd ever tried it - "no, have you . . . " What's the big deal you ask . . . well, we come from a long line of "oven baked bean" cooks!
I told her what the others had done and she decided to try it, she had all the ingredients in her pantry.
Well, I just happened to stop by her home the next evening. I totally forgot about her experiment and when I walked in she said, "OMG, you have to try my beans, they are the best I've ever made!" They were delicious and the difference in taste is minimal.
2 packages of white dry navy beans
1 1/2 cups molasses
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 package of salt pork
1 large onion (I like to chop mine, but you can put it in whole)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/2 cup of molasses (save for end)
Soak beans overnight
Boil for 10 minutes
Add to crockpot
Add water to cover beans
add molasses, dry mustard, salt pork, chopped onion, brown sugar
Cover and put on low for 8 - 10 hrs. - I cooked mine overnight, so when I got up my home smelled great!
When cooked add 1/3 cup of molasses for extra rich flavor!
They were delicious and no one knew they weren't in the oven all day! The best part, I just brought the entire crockpot to my sisters home, and the beans arrived piping hot!!!