1 bag dry Hurst Navy Beans (my bag was 24 oz or 3 cups)
3/4 -inch square pieces of bacon per 3 cups of beans (I used center-cut bacon and cut up 6 slices into the squares)
3 tbls molasses (or more to taste - I used slightly more)
2 tsp salt per 3 cups of beans (optional)
1-2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 cup ketchup (or barbecue sauce - I use barbecue sauce)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or up to 1/2 cup)
1 large onion, diced
1-2 tbls Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tsp course-ground black pepper (or to taste)
Sort and rinse the beans in a colander in cold water. In a large stock pot add beans and 3 cups of water per 1 cup of beans (9 cups water for 3 cups of beans). Cover and bring to a boil on stove-top. Boil 2 minutes, remove from heat and let sit covered 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Add beans back to the stock pot, add 9 cups of water, and heat to boiling. Drain (this time reserving the bean water in a bowl). Mix the bacon, molasses, salt, ground mustard, ketchup (or barbecue sauce), brown sugar, onion, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and 4 cups of the reserved bean water in a large stock pot; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in drained beans. You may need more bean water as you need enough to cover beans completely. Mixture will be very soupy. Cover stock pot and bake in oven at 350 for 3-4 hours, stirring every hour and adding more bean water as necessary to keep beans soupy. After 2 hours, taste beans and adjust seasonings to your taste (I added more molasses, ground mustard and pepper). Beans should be ready to pressure can in 3-4 hours (the beans should be cooked, but remember they are going to cook more in the canner, so you don't want them too soft). Ladle beans into canning jars (I chose pint jars for us, but quarts work too). Add more bean water to each jar if needed to keep mixture "soupy." Cover jars with seals and pressure can pints 65 minutes at 10 lbs. pressure (quarts are 75 minutes). Remove canner from heat, allow pressure to release on its own, remove jars (place on a kitchen towel on your counter-top) and leave undisturbed 24 hours. Jars are sealed when you hear the "popping" of the lids depressing (raised button in the middle of the lid is depressed). Store on pantry shelf. Shelf life is 1 year.
*Cook's Note - No need to can them if you don't want to. Simply bake and eat!