Soda Jerk Beans submitted by Mom Johnson
Two kinds of soda-pop add just the right dose of sweetness. From the July 2006 issue of Bon Appetit. I used a sweet onion and small white beans instead of the butter beans.

Place all ingredients in a heavy large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until juices are thick, stirring gently and frequently to prevent burning, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 10 cups.

v 2 cups 1/2 inch cubes cooked ham
v 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
v 1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans, rinsed and drained
v 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
v 1 (15 oz.) can butter beans, rinsed and drained
v 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
v 1 large onion, chopped
v 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
v 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
v 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
v 1/2 cup cola-flavored soda
v 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
v 2 tsp. curry powder
v 1/2 tsp. dried savory
v 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
v 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper