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We’ve updated this old-fashioned American favorite, taking advantage of the gentle, uniform heat of a slow cooker. Instead of the traditional salt pork, this recipe uses lean Canadian-style bacon.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- 1 pound dried navy or great northern beans
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 4 ounces Canadian-style bacon, diced (3/4 cup)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- Pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or molasses
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1/2 pound smoked ham hock, pork neck bones or turkey wings (optional)
- 3 cups boiling water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Place beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, place beans and 2 quarts water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 1 hour).
Drain and rinse beans. Place in a slow cooker.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and bacon; cook, stirring often, until onions are softened and light golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add to the beans.
Add maple syrup (or molasses), ketchup, Worcestershire and mustard to the beans; stir to combine. Bury ham hock (or neck bones or turkey wings), if using, in the beans. Add boiling water and top with bay leaves.
Cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 4 1/4 hours on high or about 11 hours on low. Remove the bay leaves and bones. Season with vinegar, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Serve hot.
Tip: Start soaking beans a day ahead.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
279 calories; 3g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 7mg cholesterol; 407mg sodium; 50g carbohydrates; 10g fiber; 15g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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