Wash the beans thoroughly, but do not soak them. Put them into a large saucepan with the cold water, cover and simmer gently until they are tender, about 1½ to 2 hours. Add a little hot water from time to time as necessary.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and render the salt pork. Add the onion, garlic, and pepper and sauté until the onion is tender but not browned. Add to the beans with t