Saturday, July 9, 2011

Slow Cooker Beans

My contribution to one of the 4th of July BBQ's was these slow cooker baked beans. They  are very easy, I would recommend not cooking them on high as the recipe indicates.  Maybe on high for the first 3 hours, mine were overdone.

Soak~ 1 pound of dry  great Northern beans in 6 cups of water overnight. Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and bring the beans to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Take the foam off the top of the beans as it simmers. Drain the beans and reserve the liquid.  Put the beans in a slow cooker.

Cook~ 4 ounces of salt pork trimmed of rind and cut into 1/2 in cubes. Put in a large skillet fat side down and cook until fat renders, about 10 minutes.  Turn pork pieces over and add 2 cups chopped onion and cook until slightly browned.  Add 2 tsp minced garlic and cook 1 minute. add all of that to the beans in the slow cooker.

Combine 1/4 cup pure maple syrup with 1/3 cup molasses
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground ginger and
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Whisk all together and add to the slow cooker.  Add 2 1/2 cups of the reserved bean liquid. Add hot water to the liquid if you don't have 2 1/2 cups. Cook on high for 5-6 ours.

Stir in 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and salt and black pepper to taste.

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