Recipe courtesy of Lolis Eric Elie

The Baron's Mother's (Mrs. Mary Kirk's) from-Scratch Baked Beans

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  • Total: 17 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 9 hr 5 min
  • Cook: 8 hr
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1 pound navy beans or Great Northern pea beans

1/2 medium onion, diced

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 pound bacon square (smoked hog jowls), diced

1/3 cup sorghum

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Wash and clean the beans, then place them in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight, adding more water if necessary. Drain the beans and wash again. Put beans in a saucepan, cover with fresh water, and bring to a boil. Boil until the beans are soft, then drain, reserving the broth. Layer the beans, onions, sugar, diced bacon square and all other ingredients in a bean pot or ovenproof dish, adding bean broth to bring beans to desired consistency. Bake uncovered for 5 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. If beans seem to be getting too brown, put on cover while baking.