This recipe, courtesy of my friend Kathleen O'Donovan, first appeared on my blog June 17, 2012. My dad's favourite, they've been in my regular rotation over the last 5 years and they are divine.
Molasses Baked Beans
1 pound dried yellow eyed beans
5 cups cold water
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup ketchup
½ cup molasses
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground dry mustard
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
6 strips bacon, diced
Place beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water and let soak overnight.
Drain and rinse beans. Place in medium, heavy-bottomed pot and cover with 5 cups cold water. Bring to a boil, add baking soda, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
Drain beans, reserving 3.5 cups bean liquid (if you don’t get 3.5 cups, just top with water). Rinse beans with cool water and allow to drain.
In a large bowl, combine ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, ground dry mustard and pepper. Add bean liquid and mix well. Add chopped onion, diced bacon and beans and mix well.
Pour beans into a large pot with an oven-safe lid (I use a cast iron Dutch Oven) and bake, covered, for 8 hours at 250ºF.