Soak beans overnight in 8 cups water. Bring to boil reduce heat and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add onion to the pan with the bacon and cook an additional 4-5 minutes until the onion starts to soften. This was such an easy recipe. till tender. I love a little smokey flavor so wasn't concerned. Cook chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes until almost crisp. Next day drain water and add to pot with lots of water. Instructions. I threw in a ham hock as that's all I had. Loved them. Place beans, onion, 1 cup hot water, cooked bacon, brown sugar, molasses,tomato paste, salt, dry mustard and pepper in a crock pot and; mix throrougly. Took them to a barbeque and they got rave reviews. Drain and rinse with hot water. Because I had a busy day before the bbq I chose to put them in the