These slow baked beans will transform your house. At the three hour mark your house begins to fill with that sweet smell of sugars and molasses dancing with the smokey salt pork. At the 5 hour mark you reach the point "when aroma becomes flavor and you know something amazing is happening."
It took me two batches of soaking beans overnight and doing the one hour pre-cook (which each time yielded completely cooked beans - not good), before it occurred to me that mom's recipe that called for "dried beans" should have been NAVY beans NOT great northern beans. Not that there's anything wrong with northern beans but they cook more quickly.