1 lb great northern or navy beans, soaked overnight in cold water
1 cup chopped onions
4 slices bacon, diced
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2/3 cup molasses
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
salt, to taste
Drain the beans and place them in a large saucepan. Add fresh
water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce
the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are almost tender,
45 minutes to an hour. Drain. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250F.
Place the beans in a baking pot or casserole. Stir in the onions,
bacon, sugar, dry mustard, cayenne, molasses, vinegar, tomato juice
and 1 cup water.
Bake the beans, uncovered, until very tender, about 4 hours. Check
the beans occasionally, while baking and add more water, if necessary
to prevent the mixture from drying out. Season with salt to taste.