Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans
If you're looking for a fancy shmancy bean recipe this isn't it. There isn't a long list of ingredients and it's simple to make. There also won't be ketchup. Ketchup in beans while I'm sure is flavorful, isn't the dark brown molasses flavored beans of Boston. Serve these as a side dish alongside your grilled food this summer and your guests will love them. Let's get to it shall we (Read directions and notes through before starting as beans have to be soaked the day before) <br><br> RECIPE:<br><br> Ingredients:<br> 1 pound bag of dry navy beans<br> 1/4 teaspoon baking soda<br> 1/2 pound bacon, chopped<br> 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups) <br> 1/3 cup molasses<br> 1/3 cup unrefined cane sugar or Sucanat. <br> 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard<br> 1/4 scant teaspoon ground cloves<br> 3 cups of hot water<br> Salt to taste before serving <br>*The night before, soak beans in enough water to cover by a couple of inches along with the baking soda. <br> *The next day rinse beans well and set aside. <br> *To the slow cooker add the beans, onion and bacon.<br> *In a bowl whisk together your molasses, sugar, mustard, water and cloves. <br>*Pour the liquid over the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot and stir to combine. <br> *Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Or on high 4-5. (See note) <br><br> Notes:<br> *Salt pork is more traditional for this dish, but I never have it in the house and I love the slight smokiness the bacon gives it. You can use either. I use naturally cured bacon. <br>*Alternatively you can use a bean pot or regular pot in the oven on 250. Stir occasionally. <br>*These are even better made the day before serving. <br>*Brown sugar can be substituted, just keep in mind it's a refined product that's not as healthful. If you prefer more sweetness, you can add another 1/4 cup of sugar toward the end of cooking, (I don't, husband does) <br>*The cook time varies depending on the age of your beans and how long they soaked. They make take less than 8 or more than 10. Leave plenty of time or do the day before. This is a great make ahead dish.