Joy of Cooking
Homemade baked beans are a great side dish in the summer. They go perfectly with hot dogs, grilled hamburgers and of course grilled pork.
When I owned and operated Nadia Gourmet Caterers in Somerville, NJ one of the dishes we made was homemade baked beans. I do not have the original recipe, so I adapted this recipe from my food bible, Joy of Cooking. I am on my second Joy of Cooking cookbook because I wore out my original one!
1 lb dried pinto beans
2 medium onions diced (small dice)
8 oz Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked bacon sliced (cut into lardons)
2 cloves garlic-minced
1 cup honey (or agave) I used 1/2 honey and 1/2 agave
2 Tbls ground ginger
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
Ground black pepper
Rinse and soak beans.
Drain and combine 10 cups of water with beans. Bring beans to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes or until almost tender. Drain the beans and reserve the cooking liquid.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Saute onion, garlic and bacon until the onion is translucent and bacon is a little crispy.
Add the onion, garlic and bacon into the beans. Add 1 cup honey (or agave), the ginger, dry mustard, salt and pepper and don’t forget the liquid from the beans!
Cover and bake until the beans are tender. The Joy of Cooking said about 2 1/2 hours, but mine took about 4 hours. I let the beans cool and refrigerated them overnight until I served them.