I do not have a clue if this is anything near the taste of Bush's Baked Beans but here is a recipe for Baked Beans from Scratch.
Baked Beans from Scratch
Put 1 pound dry Navy beans into a large bowl. Cover beans with water. (the water level should be about 2 inches above the beans.) Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of salt into the water. Let beans soak overnight. Drain and rinse the beans. Put beans in a stock pot, cover with water and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans. Rinse the stock pot. Return beans to the stock pot and pour 6 cups of beef broth and 6 cups of chicken broth over them. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Drain beans (reserve the cooking liquid) and put beans in a large casserole dish (that has a lid) or a 9 x 11 inch baking pan (you will need to cover with aluminum foil).
Cook 1/4 pound of smoked bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Drain the bacon on paper towels, crumble it, and set aside. Add 1 large chopped onion and 1 minced garlic clove to the bacon drippings and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. The onion should still be a little crunchy.
In a bowl mix the onion, garlic and bacon crumbles with the following ingredients:
1/4 pound cooked Ham, diced into 1 inch squares
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Tomato Sauce
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Powdered Mustard Seed
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground Cumin
Mix well and pour this mixture over the beans. Add just enough of your reserved liquid to barely cover the beans; stir to incorperate and smooth out level. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 3 hours. Stir once every hour or so and add additional reserved liquid as needed to keep the beans moist.
In a sauce pan combine: 1/2 cup Honey or packed Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup pure Maple Syrup or packed Brown Sugar, and 1/2 cup Molasses, 1 cup of reserved liquid and 1/2 tomato sauce. Heat just enough to make syrup pourable.
Remove bean pan from the oven, uncover and pour syrup mixture over the beans; stir to incorporate. Cover and return pan to oven. Bake 1 hour. Turn off heat (do not open the oven door). Let set several hours or at least until the beans (even at the bottom of the pan) are cooled. Enjoy!
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