Celebration Day Beans
1½ qts. water
2 ⅓ cups pea beans
¼ lb. salt pork
2 teaspoons salt
2 ½ cups reserved bean liquid
⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 teaspoons onion juice
¾ teaspoon dry mustard
Grease a 2-qt. casserole pan with tight-fitting cover.
Heat water in a large saucepan.
Meanwhile, wash thoroughly, sort and discard imperfect beans. Add beans gradually to water so boiling won’t stop. Simmer for 2 minutes, and remove saucepan from heat. Set beans aside to soak for an hour.
Remove rind and cut salt pork into narrow strips. Add the strips to beans with salt.
Return saucepan to heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir once in a while. Drain beans. Reserve liquid. Then turn beans and pork strips into casserole. Set aside while making sauce.
Sauce: Combine bean liquid, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, onion juice and dry mustard in the saucepan. Bring to boil. Pour sauce over beans. Cover and bake at 300ºF about 2 ½ hours. If necessary, add more liquid to just cover beans during baking. Remove cover and bake ½ hour longer to brown pork and beans.