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ham hocks & beans (slow cooker)

Recipe by
Lee Thayer
Nakhon Si Thammarat

I made this on 15 Oct 2019 while in the states, using three smoked hocks that weighed a total of 2 1/4 lb, cooked on Low for 6 hours and the beans and hocks were perfect, this recipe is a keeper. And I made this often while in the states.

yield 6 servings (time does not show soaking time for beans)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For ham hocks & beans (slow cooker)

  • 500 g
    dry great northern beans, (1 lb)
  • 2-3
    smoked hocks, (1 1/2 - 2 1/2 lb total)
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1-2 qt
    chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, as desired

How To Make ham hocks & beans (slow cooker)

  • 1
    Sort the beans and remove and discard any foreign debris, rinse, then place in a large bowl. Add water to cover by 2 inches. Cover and set aside to soak overnight.
  • 2
    When you are ready to start cooking, rinse the smoked hocks and place in your slow cooker.
  • 3
    Drain and rinse the beans, then place in your slow cooker. Then add the onion, garlic, oregano, and pepper.
  • 4
    Pour in the broth, about 1 inch over the beans. Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you may need all 2 quarts.
  • 5
    Turn your slow cooker to Low setting and set your timer for 6 hours, cooking until the beans are tender and hocks are falling apart. If the beans are not tender, continue cooking and check each hour afterwards. Six hours was perfect for me.
  • 6
    When the beans are soft, remove the hocks, use forks to remove the meat, discard the bones, skin, and fat.
  • 7
    Chop the meat and return to the slow cooker.
  • Ham Hocks & Beans (Slow Cooker)
    Taste, season with salt and pepper as desired, serve and enjoy.