I had a picnic to go to for work where we each had to bring something to share (a pot luck). I really wanted to make baked beans but every recipe I came across has sugar in it. I do not consume sugar (except the natural variety like fruit, honey, and maple syrup). So I found a recipe and adapted it to what I needed.
This recipe is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free and Paleo (only if you eat legumes)
This makes a double batch that will feed about 12 people
2 pounds dried navy beans
2 pounds bacon, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1/2 tomato paste
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey plus 2 tablespoons (I used a mixture of a darker honey and then the tablespoons of a lighter honey like clover)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons fresh black pepper
4 teaspoons kosher salt
Soak beans in a plastic container overnight in just enough cold water to submerge them completely.
Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In a cast iron dutch oven over medium heat, stir in the bacon, onion, and jalapenos until enough fat has rendered from the bacon to soften the onions, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, honey, and molasses. Drain the beans and reserve the soaking liquid. Add the drained beans to the pan. Place the soaking liquid in a measuring cup and add enough vegetable broth to equal 8 cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in cayenne, black pepper and salt. Give them a stir and cover with lid. Place pan in the oven for 6 to 8 hours, or until beans are tender.