When making ham hock and beans you have two choices for your ham hock and those are as follows. You can buy them at most grocery stores which is what I do or you can wait to make your beans until you devour a ham and have the leftover hock to use in your recipe. I love buying mine at Stater Bros because they are nicely smoked and they are huge. I generally have them cut two cuts into them without separating it and throw that in the pot.
Before you begin, you might choose to soak your beans overnight, they say that takes the gas out of them, and in the morning you can give them a rinse before you begin cooking them.
- 2 pounds of beans, I use pinto, you can use white navy or lima
- 2 cups of potato water, *see notes
- 2 cloves of garlic, whole
- 1 small white onion
- 4-6 slices of uncooked bacon, diced finely
- 2 large ham hocks, *see notes
- Water enough to cover
- 2 Tablespoons granulated onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons granulated garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoons Paprika
- Salt & Pepper, I use a lot of pepper and don’t salt until the very end because the ham and bacon have a lot of salt in them and you don’t want to end up with over salted beans.
Combine all ingredients into your pot and simmer it on low until the beans are done. I like to cook it all day long and just keep adding water as needed.
*Note: If I am making about 2-3 cups of beans, one is enough, but if I make 4-6 cups of beans, I use two, you want to make sure you get enough of the flavor in your beans .
*Note: You can save your water when you boil potatoes and use it when you ready to make this recipe, simply freeze it in containers measured to two cups if possible to make it easy. If you don’t have any frozen just boil a few potatoes and use that water, you can serve the potatoes on the side or even dice them up and put them in the beans. If you add the potatoes, you will need to increase the water and possibly adjust your seasoning because of the added liquid.
*Note: After about 3-4 hours, your ham hock will be tender, remove it from the pot and set aside on a plate to cool enough so that you can remove the meat from the bones. Cut or break up the meat into bite size pieces and put it back into the pot. I give the bones to my dogs, they love chewing the fat off and trying to get the marrow from the bones. If you like the marrow, you can poke it from the bone and add it to your beans.