I had this recipe sent to me via a reader from Vegetarian Times. And I have never used this recipe until this past week. I feel ashamed for not having used it earlier. But alas, I did and it was a success. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Me and my daughter love baked beans and we were hoping to find a good homemade recipe and we had this one sitting in out midst.
2 pounds Great Northern or Navy Bean (Navy Bean is the traditional bean used in most canned baked beans)
1/2-1/3 maple syrup or molasses, or a combination of both
1 medium onion chopped into bite-sized pieces
Dash of salt
2t dry mustard
1/4t liquid smoke
1/4 t fresh ground pepper
I pressured cooked the beans first, for these types of beans are quite tough to cook without some sort of softening. I pressured them for 30 minutes. Do not go with less time, they need that much.
When beans are cooked, put them into your slowcooker and add remaining ingredients. Add the bean liquid as well. If you portioned your water when you pressured them, it should be the perfect amount, but if you do not pressure a lot of food, this can be a bit tricky until you get more comfortable with pressure cooking. I don't like being without mine.
We slowcooked our beans for about 3-4 hours on high and they were delicious, but the next day...Oh-My-Stars. It was like chili and spaghetti sauce, it is so much better the next day. So please try this one, it is worth its weight in gold!