I saw the Church fund raising Bean Supper on an edition of CBS Sunday Morning
News program several yeays ago ... And I still remember it like it was yesterday.
Large Creamic Canning Pots (Blue Fleck'd Stoneware) filled with dry Navy Beans,
Tomato sauce, Vinagar, Molasses, Salt Pork, Onions, & Mustard .... There's no way I could remember the ingredent list, but I think I know what should go into Boston Baked Beans.
Once the Pots where filled, the Lids were wired down with wire coat hangers.
Some lucky Church Parishoner got the job of tending the Fire, which was started on Thursday
for a Bean Supper planned on Saturday Night ... I remember they Buried several of the Ceramic
Canning Pots, in the coals of the fire pit, the following morning after the fire was started, and buried the entire pit for a day Plus ... like a massive Dutch Oven. On the Morning of the Bean Supper, Usually a Saturday, if I remember right, the Bean Pots were dug out of the semi cooled Fire Pit, two guys picking up the handles with tongs, and "dusting" off the tops with a wet broom, which still caught on fire.
I still remember some lucky parishoner, getting to sample 'the sauce', with a ladle over a slice of plain white bread. A slow Fire Pit braised dry beans, slowly cooking away for 24+ hours, and rendering the fat of salt pork and the sweetness of molassess ... Wood smoke flavor, tenderized navy beans,
all mopped up with spongie white bread ....
I've never tried this, Unfortunately I don't live in New England ... But I've thought about it.