Nana’s mother, Louisa Lohr Willis, served this for Saturday night supper. The family always enjoyed the left-over beans for Sunday breakfast. Every Saturday night Nana’s father, George would remind Louisa to let the cat out before going to bed. In those days cats and dogs were fed supper left-overs. So every Saturday night the Willis cat also ate beans. Nana also said that they only way they knew it was Saturday was because of the beans.
Ingredients and Directions
Pick over, wash and soak beans overnight in cold water. Add ½ teaspoon baking soda and parboil until skins split. Mix about 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, a little pepper, 2 teaspoons dry mustard. Add with 1/3 cup molasses to beans. Add three small onions and ½ pound salt pork. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for six to nine hours. Be sure to keep enough water to see it bubbling at top. Uncover for the last couple of hours to brown the salt pork.