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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 1998

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.)

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  • 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.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Start soaking beans a day ahead.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; 2.3 g total fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 306 mg sodium. 903 mg potassium; 48.3 g carbohydrates; 9.4 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 16.4 g protein; 69 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 214 mcg folate; 120 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 110 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2012
Portion size is deceptive Recently I got more interested in using dried beans which over all do take more time to prepare but there are also advantages. The part of this recipe that bothers me a lot is the deceptive presentation of amount of calories. 8 servings of 0.75 cup equals to 4 servings of 1.5 cups which seems more reasonable to me. Which makes a serving over 500 calories. I made this recipe with 1 cup of dried beans and I end up with 4 reasonable servings. Didn't sit down to calculate out calories but I don't see a reason to worry. Eating Well dropped here the ball with deceptive serving size presentation please revise this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very good have made this several times now family favorite. Usually cook a roast in the crock pot while making the beans. Read More