Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is the classic Southern method of cooking up a "mess of beans". If you don't like cooking without measurements then don't try this one. If you're adventuresome and like to cook like my grandmother, then you won't be disappointed. Yum.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans. Place beans in pot and cover them three times higher with water. Bring to a rapid boil for five minutes covered. Turn off stove. DO NOT REMOVE LID.
  2. Let the pot set one hour.
  3. Turn burner back on to slightly more than a simmer. Add ham bone, onion, and pepper.
  4. Boil covered for two hours. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Remove ham bone. Remove all ham and place back into pot. Discard bone.
  6. Turn down heat to simmer and add approximately 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or more. Now let beans cook as long as needed.
  7. Season to taste.
  8. I serve with Baby's Jalapeño Cornbread, Recipe #221836.
Most Helpful

Great! These are very similar to my usual recipe except I had never used brown sugar in them before. I also didn't have any jalapenos so I left them out. I served them with our regular cornbread but that recipe sounds good so maybe I'll try it next time! Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup.

linguinelisa July 11, 2012