Total Time
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

From Southern Living1984 Cookbook


  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; let soak overnight.
  2. Saute green peppers, onion and garlic in olive oil in a skillet until tender. Drain beans; stir in vegetables and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove ham hock and bay leaves from beans; scrape meat from bone. Add meat and vinegar to beans; stir well. Serve over rice, if desired.
Most Helpful

Absolutely delicious flavor, and I'm sure the flavors' melding will be great overnight. We'll use the rest over rice; tonight, we just had them as a "cup-a-beans" so that we could taste them. I wasn't sure how much liquid I was supposed to have left; it seemed like too much for me, so I boiled it down some. ZWT8

Debbie R. July 30, 2012