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Ham Hocks and Black-Eyed Peas
  • 360 MINUTES COOK TIME (6 Hours)
  • 450 MINUTES TOTAL TIME (7 hours 30 minutes)

Recipe Video


  • 1 lb Black Eyed Peas
  • 3 C water
  • 2 pieces Ham Hocks, smoked
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Mise en place

  • Wash and dry produce.
  • Dice the celery, carrots, and onion.
  • Mince the garlic.
  • Measure out the ingredients.

Cook the black-eyed peas

  • Place the black-eyed peas in a large saucepan filled with water- enough to cover beans by two to three inches.
  • Bring water to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, drain softened peas. and set aside.

Cook the Ham-Hock

  • In a slow cooker, add the ham hocks, diced onions, carrots, and celery, along with smoked paprika, cayenne and garlic.
  • Pour in 2-3 cups of water and cook on high setting for about an hour.
  • Reduce heat setting on slow cooker to Low and then add the peas to the slow cooker- cook for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Remove ham hock from the slow cooker, and shred (when shredding, you can remove bits of fat remaining after cooking.)
  • Add the meat back to the peas.


  • Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!
  • Enjoy!

Recipe in Action

  • 6 Servings
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
Click here for Nutritional Facts Nutrition Tip

A ham hock is also called a pork knuckle and is the joint between the tibia and foot of the pig. It is a great source of protein!


Black-eyed peas are in the American South are traditionally eaten on the first day of the year to bring good fortune.