My Latest Ham Hock

Another ham hock post didn’t seem worthwhile initially. But the photos I took of the latest one my father-in-law passed along to me in the pot with a large can of baked beans looked too good to keep to myself.

Smoked ham hocks generally don’t come in a state that is proper for eating. A fairly large one, like the hock I had, needs to be boiled for at least close to a couple hours for the meat to soften to the point where it’s pleasant and easy to chew. I did that before draining the water and adding the beans to the pot. I also threw in a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and maybe 2-3 tablespoons of a jarred barbecue sauce I had in the fridge.

I didn’t break the hock up as you see it in the photos until it had finished simmering with the beans and was off the stove. It will sit overnight before I take a taste of the ham and beans.


I have a cheesesteak planned for lunch tomorrow and will be back with a report on that.

Published by BZ Maestro

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4 thoughts on “My Latest Ham Hock

  1. Looks good! I’d be inclined to spoon it onto a flour tortilla and eat it like a very messy burrito; maybe for hock #3 you can use black beans and a Mexican seasoning profile?

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    1. We may have some flour tortillas on hand. Maybe I’ll try that. I could also throw an egg in.

      I’m prefer red beans to the black ones, but it could work with those too.

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