Preparation Time takes about 4 hours not including soaking time.
1 pound dried Lima or Navy beans
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp. minced garlic (refrigerated kind works fine)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
2 T. prepared yellow mustard or honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 slices of lean bacon – cut into 1″ pieces
Overnight soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 6-8 cups cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Quick soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 8 cups hot water and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to rapid boil, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Add 6 cups hot water, bay leaves, and garlic to drained and rinsed beans. Simmer gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Drain. Discard bay leaves.