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southern ham and beans

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Recipe by
Patsy Fowler
Anderson, SC

my mom cooks these beans and ham they are delish

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 4 Hr

Ingredients For southern ham and beans

  • 1 lb
    mixed dried beans pintos and great northerns
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt add more if needed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    bacon drippings
  • 2 c
    chopped country ham pieces or you can use ham stock

How To Make southern ham and beans

  • 1
    Place the beans one handful at a time in a colander in the sink. Pick through them as you put the in the colander and pick out any little rocks or shriveled beans.
  • 2
    Run water over the beans to wash them off really well. Place the beans in a deep pan.
  • 3
    Cover with water about 2 inches above the beans. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 2 minutes. Watch carefully so they don't boil over.
  • 4
    Carefully pour the water off of the beans and then cover with fresh water to about 2 inches above the beans.
  • 5
    Bring to a boil again and then turn down to a low simmer. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder and bacon drippings at this point.
  • 6
    I like to let the beans cook for about 2 hours and add in the ham and cook them for at least another 2 hours.
  • 7
    Add water at this point if beans have soaked up to much water. This is not a quick dish but it is fairly carefree once you get it on. Just be sure to check your beans every hour and add more water if needed.
  • 8
    When the beans are done taste for seasoning and add accordingly.

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