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Beans for the Captains

Good Morning! It’s one last time to boil sap! The barrels are overflowing and we’re getting busy down at the boat. With all this great syrup that we harvested it’s only fitting to share a maple syrup recipe. This is one of Captain Barry’s (and Captain-in-training, Sawyer’s) favorite! Enjoy!

Mary’s Baked Beans

2 cups dried navy beans, soak overnight in water 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup chopped onions 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 1/4 cup mustard 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 T cider vinegar Tobasco hot sauce, optional, to taste, (Captain’s favorite part, “the hotter the better!”) salt & pepper to taste

Drain navy beans and mix with garlic and onions in a large soup pot. Cover with water with an inch above mixture. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until soft. Add water to the pot as needed to maintain the inch above mixture level while cooking.

When beans are soft, drain and stir in barbecue sauce, mustard, maple syrup and vinegar. Add hot sauce salt and pepper to your liking. To bake the beans, transfer to a bean pot or baking dish and bake, uncovered at 350 for approximately 30 minutes, stirring often. Pieces of leftover breakfast bacon can be added for additional flavor. Serves 6

Aboard Mary Day this is served with a ham dinner. Ashore, both Captains prefer a good ole’ hot dog with their baked beans. Even better, enjoying them alongside a campfire… Enjoy! Be well, do good, have a great day!

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