Slow Cooker White Beans

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Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks

Slow Cooker White Beans cooked with Ham Hocks cook up so creamy and delicious with lots of smoky ham flavor. It’s winter comfort food in a bowl and makes me want to curl up on a couch in front of a roaring fire with a bowl of these beans in my lap.

Slow Cooker WHite Beans with Ham Hocks

With a side of cornbread. For a little kick, I love this Jalapeno Cornbread and these Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins are always a favorite.

Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks

To make these Slow Cooker White Beans you start with a pound of dried Northern Beans.

Sort the beans to remove any pebbles or debris, rinse them with water and then place them in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak them overnight. On the counter is fine.

Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks

 

The next morning, add the beans to a crock pot along with 2 to 3 ham hocks, red pepper flakes, thyme, and a bay leaf. They’ll need to cook on LOW for about 5 hours. Take the ham hocks out. The meat should fall right off the bone. Discard the bone and the grisly parts, shred the meat, and return it to the crock pot. Season the beans with salt and pepper.

If you want your beans spicy, serve with some Tabasco sauce.

Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks

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Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks

Slow Cooker White Beans

Slow Cooker White Beans with Ham Hocks cook up so creamy and delicious with lots of smoky ham flavor.
4 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 13 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried northern beans
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 to 3 ham hocks
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Place beans in a large bowl and add water to cover. Let soak (on the counter) overnight.
  • Drain beans and add to 6-quart crock pot.
  • Add 5 cups water, ham hocks, red pepper flakes, thyme, and bay leaf.
  • Cover and cook on LOW 5 hours.
  • Remove ham hocks from crock pot. Season beans to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Remove meat from ham hocks, shred and return to crock pot. If beans aren't tender, cover crock pot and continue to cook 30 mins or until beans are soft.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal

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10 thoughts on “Slow Cooker White Beans

  1. I bring my beans to a hard boil for a few, short minutes. I pour that water off. I’ve read that that greatly reduces the amount of post gas.

  2. My beans are hard as can be with 30 minutes left on the cook time of 6 hours on low. I have turned it to high in hopes we can eat some time tonight! My star reflect the time for cooking being off, the broth flavor is great, I didn’t have thyme or red pepper flakes. I used seasoned salt, crushed bay leaves, cayenne powder, garlic powder and pepper.

  3. If you use a whole package of beans, you will have enough to share. It’s a good opportunity to share with a neighbor.
    Don’t forget the cornbread.

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