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Every Old Home Day in Maine/NH will have their version of these Bean Hole Beans...absolutely none better!
- Contributed by Catsrecipes Y-Group, from the Recipe Link
- Cook time: 9 hours
- Serves: 6 to 8.
- 2 lbs of yellow eye beans (Navy or Great Northern beans)
- 1 lb salt pork (sliced) boiling water, enough to cover
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard or prepared mustard
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ – 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- 1 large onion, cut in half
- Soak 2 pounds of beans overnight.
- Parboil beans until the skin peels away by blowing on a few beans in a spoon.
- Add the mix to the beans and stir slightly.
- Slice 1 pound salt pork into sections.
- Cut each section partly through in a criss-cross pattern and place pieces on top of the beans.
- Cover the beans and set to one side.
- The bean hole should be dug into the ground and be half again as large as your dutch oven or any other tightly lidded pot.
- Using seasoned hard wood, accumulate live coals until hole is ¾ full.
- Shovel out the coals leaving about 3 inches of live coals in the bottom of the hole.
- Set the bean pot in the hole on top of the 3 inch bed of coals.
- Shovel the rest of the coals around and on top of the pot.
- Cover with dirt and check for escaping steam and making sure none is leaking out.
- If steam is leaking out, cover area with more dirt.
- Leave in the ground for 8 hours or overnight.
Make sure the beans are completely covered with hot water before putting in ground. The beans need to go into the ground hot.