“If you can use brown beans (I did find them in my larger grocery store) as they have a sweeter, milder flavor than do pinto or navy beans although either can be substituted. This is excellent with pork chops or baked ham. It takes a while to do but is not the least bit complicated. Cooking time does not include the overnight soaking of the beans. This recipe comes from a cookbook I checked out at the library but it has gone on my Christmas “wish” list….Prairie Home Cooking.”
3hrs 35mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with water.
  2. Soak overnight.
  3. The next day drain and transfer to a large saucepan or stockpot.
  4. Add water again to just cover.
  5. Add cinnamon stick to beans and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
  7. Add salt, brown sugar, vinegar, corn syrup and pears.
  8. Simmer covered for 2-2 ½ hours until beans are tender.
  9. Transfer to serving bowl and serve.

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