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1 pound bacon

10 cups water

1 pound dried red beans

1 t. baking soda

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup molasses

1 t. salt

2 medium onions, chopped

3 cups water

3 large tomatoes


Brown bacon in iron skillet. Remove bacon. Cool, crumble, set aside. Reserve 2 T. bacon grease.


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 10 cups water, the baking soda, 2 T. bacon grease and the beans to boiling in ovenproof (I prefer iron) dutch oven. Boil uncovered 2 minutes.


Stir in remaining ingredients, except 3 cups water and tomatoes.

Cover and bake 4 hours, stirring occasionally, adding water as needed.


Remove cover and bake 2-3 hours longer, adding up to 3 cups water as needed.

Add tomatoes after 1 hour in this period.

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