I grew up eating white bean soup made with Great White Northern beans seasoned with ham hocks. It was good stuff.
It finally got cold enough down here to make up a batch of beans and I decided to try something a little different. I started off with about two and a half pounds of seasoned and smoked pork necks.
I put those meaty bones in a slow cooker with two quarts of water and let them cook on Low overnight. While the necks were simmering I added a pound of Great White Northerns to a pot of cold water so they could soak and soften.
The next morning I had two quarts of some pretty amazing pork stock! I took the pork necks out of the slow cooker and separated the meat from the bones. There are a LOT of bones…make sure you fish out any little ones left in the pot. I got a nice pile of meat from these necks.
I diced up about a half cup of onions and a half cup of carrots.
I drained and rinsed the beans that had been soaking overnight then added the veggies, beans and meat back into the pork stock.
I turned the slow cooker back on Low and headed off to work. The slow cooker worked its magic all day and when I got home the house was smelling pretty nice. I’ll call the experiment a grand success.
I hope you enjoyed the post. Have a great November!