This is a family recipe. I grew up eating these beans, several times a month, so much so they're almost part of my DNA. My mother always used canned pork and beans, which makes the dish very soft, and to me, comforting. But, I also like it made with dried white beans, which is what I used here. My mother never measured the ingredients, just added the "correct" amount by eyeballing it, adjusting the taste until it was just right. And that's exactly what I do. The taste of the beans is sweet, spicy, and garlicky, with a slight smokey taste. We always ate them with hot dogs. In the winter, the dogs were cooked submerged in the beans, which is my favorite way of preparing them. But, in the summer they were grilled. I love eating these beans, because they always remind me of my mother. And, of course, they get better over a period of days, sitting in the fridge.