- Baked beans are traditionally made with white navy beans. Also known as haricot, pea, and great norther beans. However, probably just about any dry bean will work.Dissolve salt in water and brine beans 8 to 24 hours.
- Drain beans and discard brine water
- Fry 2nd set on medium heat for 10 minutes to brown onion and crisp up bacon slightly
- Toss everything in the pot, scrape up browned bits from bottom of pot, bring to a simmer, and bake 2 to 4 hours at 300
- Check and stir every hour. Beans are done when they taste right.
- If they are close to done but still very watery, then remove the lid and either continue to bake or simmer on the stove until the sauce is thick. The taste difference between watery over firm beans and soft beans with a thick sauce is quite dramatic.
- Note: For whatever reason I always use Hopi Purple/Rio Zape beans from Native Seed Search in Tucson. It typically takes 4.5 hours. Add more sauce components if you like more BBQ flavor.
- Yield: 10 to 12 as a side. 200 calories per 1/2 cup.
- Source: Modified from Cook’s Illustrated
- Notes: When scaling up this recipe only add enough cooking water to cover the beans. For a double batch I use only 6 cups of water. A double batch fits easy in a 6 qt. dutch oven and will feed 20 to 30 as a side dish.
Category: American Modified 1/4/13