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We've generally looked to Joy of Cooking for an outline for baked beans--have had excellent results cooking in a crock pot (or 10, for 100 chowhounds?) We only use the recipe as an guidline--generally add salt pork (required, no substitution), molasses, lots of chopped onion, brown sugar, ketchup, heaping T of dry mustard and let the crock pot rip. We don't soak the beans, but let them come to a boil, sit for an hour and drain, and then cook till almost tender, add it and all the seasonings to the crock pot. Always comes out tasty.
This recipe serves 20 - you can multiply it easily and it can be done in a crockpot or oven in large disposable aluminum pans -
12 slices bacon - cooked and crumbled
1 medium onion - chopped and sauteed in bacon grease
42 oz. bbq baked beans
24 oz. kidney beans
24 oz. butter beans
3/4 pkg. mini smoked sausages - sliced
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. catsup
1/2 c. vinegar
3/4 T. garlic powder
3/4 T. ground mustard
Toss it all into a ovenproof pot or crockpot. Mix well. Bake at 300 for 4-5 hours or in a crockpot on low for 6 hours.
This may be unchowish from me, but in order to save yourself an enormous headache, this is what I did for my wedding rehearsal dinner that everyone still talks about.
Figure out how many giant cans of Libby's beans you need. You know, the economy size that serve about 10 people. For every can you use, stir in 1 large onion, fried with 1/2 lb bacon or ham (meat optional or course). Add about 1/2 cup of molasses and a couple of tbsp of dijon and a slug of whiskey. Stir well and bake until heated through.
Really, no one will know the diff and you will be less stressed.