2 lbs . Navy beans . cold water . 2 tsp. baking soda . Hot water . 2 Tbsp. salt . 2 cups sugar . 1/2 cup. vineger . 1/3 cup. catsup . 1/3 cup. molasses . 1/3 cup. prepared mustard . 1 small onion ,chopped . 1/4 lb. bacon,cut up .
Soak beans overnight in cold water . In the morning cover and bring them to a simmer slowly, adding more water if necessary . When beans have nearly doubled in size, stir in soda and bring to boil . Pour off the green liquid and put beans in a colander to drain . Run hot tap water over them to clean off the soda water . Wash out the pot and put beans back in . cover with hot water and add the salt . cover and simmer until done, about 1-1/2.hours. When the beans are done, strain off the juice ( save for soup ) and put beans in large mixing bowl . Add the sugar , vineger,catsup,molasses,mustard,and onion, stirring well . Fill a 2 quart bean pot and another small dish-enough to take to a neighbor or a friend . Cover top of beans with bacon . Bake at 350 degrees , about 1 1/2 hours .
Submitted By: Mmm....Good . North Home Feeling from MI on 2005-01-29