2 lbs. dried beans
1/2 lb. lean salt pork (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 medium-sized onion, peeled
1-1/2 cups maple syrup
Rinse the beans, then add the baking soda and cover with
water to soak overnight. After soaking, rinse beans again, cover with
water and bring to a gentle boil until the skins begin to wrinkle. Drain
beans, but retain the water.
Place the beans in a casserole dish or bean pot and add
the remaining ingredients. Score the salt pork (optional) and place
on top of the beans. Cover with the bean water and bake, covered, in
a 325 degree oven for 8 hours. Add bean water as needed. In the last
hour, cook uncovered to brown the top.