HISTORY This recipe is one from the Madawaska Historial Society's REUNION FAMILIES' FAVORITE RECIPES. Copies of the cookbook may be ordered directly from the Historical Society, Madawaska, Maine 04756. This recipe is a Daigle Family Reunion recipe which comes from Pete Daigle. 
  • 6 lb (3-1/2 qt) beans (navy, kidney or pea beans)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (large)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustaard
  • 5 tablespoon salt
  • 1-1/2 lb salt pork, cut in cubes
PREPARATION Prepare beans per instructions. Soak overnight. Parboil until skins float on surface of pan. Drain and save water. Place all ingredients in bean pot or cooking kettle, first chopped onion, layer of beans, etc. Cover with boiling water and cook on stove for 2 hours.

In the meantime, prepare bean hole; Dig a hole twice the size of the cast-iron pot. It must have a heavy lid. Line hole with rocks or brick. Build a hot fire in the hole and burn two (2) hours. Remove coals and set aside. Place pot in hole (inverted, tightly covered); heap coals on top. Cover with 8 inches of dirt. Let cook all day or overnight. (Do not peek.) When time to serve, reverse process. Caution very hot. Remove pot from hole and serve with rolls and salad.

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