I fix these every New Years Day with Pork roast, sauerkraut, mashed taters and rolls. It's good luck for the year to come! My mom has been making this meal as long as I can remember and I have kept the tradition going for my own family. Of course, I make these little tasty beauties any other chance I get too because they are SO GOOD! I love making them when I make mashed taters because for some reason they just go together. Scoop up some black eyed peas and taters at the same time and you've got the most wonderful bite of food you can ask for!
Chop your bacon. I do mine while it's still frozen as it's much easier to cut this way. Over medium high heat start to cook it in a sauce pan big enough to hold all the ingredients. Remember, you're only going to drain one of the cans of black eyed peas.
Chop your onions and add to the bacon after it's rendered for about 5-8 minutes. Cook bacon and onion until bacon is almost crisp, and onions have softened. Then add your garlic and stir well to keep it from burning.
If your bacon produces A LOT of bacon grease then drain some of it off, otherwise leave it in the pan. You want to cook your black eyed peas in most of it. When I fix mine, there is only about 1/4 cup of bacon grease left so I do not drain any of it.
Pour your 4 cans of black eyed peas into the bacon, onion and garlic mixture. Stir well. Add the black pepper. Bring to a slow boil for about 5 minutes stirring frequently to make sure they do not scorch the bottom of the pan but careful not to break the peas up or turn them to mush.
Turn the burner to low or simmer depending how hot your burners are and simmer for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. The liquid should evaporate some while the peas absorb all the flavor from the bacon mixture. They should thicken slightly.