2 lbs. fresh pole beans
1/4 lb. country side bacon
1 1/2 quarts water
1/2 t. sugar
1 t. salt
Place the bacon in a pot with the water and cook for 1/2 hour.
Wash the beans, remove the ends and strings. Break into 2 inch pieces. Add them to the pot with the sugar and the salt.
Bring the pot to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook the beans slowly, stirring often, for about 40 minutes. Add hot water if needed.