Baked Beans from Scratch

Baked Beans from Scratch
  1. ½ pound dried navy beans
  2. ½ pound bacon, cross-cut in 1/4-inch pieces
  3. ½ sweet onion, medium dice
  4. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  5. 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  6. 2 tablespoons molasses
  7. ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  8. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  10. 2 cups reserved liquid
  1. Rinse beans. Submerge beans and soak overnight in cold water.
  2. Drain and rinse beans. Cover with water again. Heat to boiling and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for one hour. Drain, reserving the liquid. Add (or subtract) water to the liquid to measure 2 cups.
  3. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Place a 1 ½ quart cast iron pan over medium heat and cook the bacon and onion until the onion has softened. Do not remove the rendered fat.
  5. Stir in the remaining ingredients, the beans and the reserved liquid. Bring to a boil. Bake, uncovered, for 7 hours.
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