Hopewell Baked Beans

Hopewell Baked Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes


  • Enough beans of your choosing to fill a bean pot or Dutch oven at least 3/4's full.
  • Salt Pork, cut into cubes (or if you prefer, chunks of bacon).
  • Soup spoon of dry mustard.
  • 1 cup maple syrup or molasses (not blackstrap).
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions.
  • Water.


  1. Sort dry beans to remove stones or imperfect beans.
  2. Soak overnight.
  3. Drain beans and add to cast iron bean pot or small Dutch oven.
  4. Add salt pork or bacon.
  5. Add molasses or maple syrup.
  6. Add pepper and onions.
  7. Top bean pot off with water.
  8. Place lid on pot and make sure it is sufficiently secure to prevent coals or coal ash from getting into pot.
  9. Dig a hole in your campfire ring as deep as the pot and wide enough to surround with coals. Place coals on top of pot.
  10. Let bake at least 3 hours (longer is better).
  11. Make sure that meat is cooked thoroughly.


The pot may also be hung from fire iron or a tripod over a moderate heat so as to cause the beans to simmer slowly. This will take a little longer. If you prefer you can use canned beans and eliminate the sorting, and soaking of the dry beans.


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