2 cups dried navy beans
6 cups plain tomato juice, unsalted
1/4 pound ham hock, salt pork (optional)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Wash beans and soak overnight in about 5 cups of the tomato juice.

Cover and cook over low heat about 1½ hours until the beans are tender – but don’t let them boil.

Turn beans into a 2 quart casserole with a lid.

If you’re using the pork, wash and score and press into the top of the beans.

Mix remaining 1 cup of tomato juice with the brown sugar, spices, Worcestershire and onion.

Pour over beans, cover the pot, and cook in a slow 300˚F oven for 2 hours.

Remove cover and stir in the salt and vinegar.

Bake again, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until browned.

Serves 10

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