White Beans and Ham

Donna Brown Recipe

By Donna Brown gabbiegirl


When cooking white beans (Great Northern Beans), I have found it is not necessary to soak the dried beans the night before if you cook them in a crockpot or slow cooker. (If you still want to soak them, put them in a pot of very hot water for about an hour, cover with pot lid, drain, then cook them in the crockpot or slow cooker.)


1 lb
white or great northern beans
1 Tbsp
bacon drippings
1-2 tsp
red pepper flakes
leftover baked ham carcass
salt/black pepper to your taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Rinse and drain white beans, removing any "rocks" or dried up looking beans. Put beans in a crockpot, add water, covering beans. Add bacon drippings, red pepper flakes and ham carcass (or cut up a ham steak into small pieces.) Cook on high until all are good and hot, about 2 hours. Turn temperature to low and continue to cook until beans are tender, about 4-5 hour, depending on crockpot or slow cooker. Remove ham and let cool. Trim ham from bone and fat and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return ham pieces to white beans. Any leftover beans are good to make white chili. Be careful adding more salt as your ham is going to be salty. **If you don't have any ham, add a small piece of fat back or salt pork to the beans while cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Apr 24, 2013
Thank you so much, Sally. One of our favorite catfish restaurants, that has since gone out of business, would prepare their white beans with those bits of red pepper flakes and we like them like that. ☺
Sally Davison Soupersally
Apr 24, 2013
Donna, thank you for submitting this recipe. So very easy and yet so very good! I followed it exactly, using 1 1/2 teaspoons of the red pepper flakes which gave it a little kick & my husband & I loved how it turned out.
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Donna Brown gabbiegirl
Mar 28, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!