I like this simple recipe for baked beans that I found over at epicurious.com. It has a hint of maple syrup without being overly sweet. It goes great with pulled pork.
Solar Baked Beans
1 pound dry navy beans, picked over and rinsed
1/4 pound piece salt pork, rind discarded*
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
1 tablespoon dry English mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
salt to taste
Soak beans overnight.
Set Global Sun Oven out to preheat.
Rinse and pat dry the salt pork, then cut into 3 pieces. Put first 7 ingredients (beans through pepper) in a large pot with 4 cups of water, stir to combine. Cover pot and bake in Sun Oven until the beans are just tender, 3 to 4 hours. Remove lid and cover pot with a folded tea towel (this will help absorb excess moisture) continue baking until most of the liquid is absorbed but beans are still saucy. Stir in vinegar and salt.
Makes 8 servings
*I don’t use salt pork a lot so when I buy it I cut it into 1/4 pieces and freeze them. That way I always have the right amount for this recipe.