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

Preparation

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.

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