- 25 minutes
- 8 hours
Cover with water and allow to soak overnight or until beans are plump (at least six hours).
- Next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut bacon strips into quarters.
In a small skillet, render the fat from the bacon.
Allow cooked bacon to drain on paper towel.
Mix soaked beans, rendered bacon, chopped vegetables and honey in a 3-quart kettle or baking dish. Add salt and pepper.
Add 4 cups of hot water. Using hot water allows honey to be evenly distributed.
Cover with lid and place in center rack of oven. Bake 3-4 hours until beans are tender. Stir occasionally to keep ingredients mixed, but don’t worry them too much.
- When beans are tender, reduce oven to 325.
Bake another 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reached a syrupy consistency.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving--but they’re good chilled, too.