• 1 Pkg Dried Black Eyed Peas (or field peas, or cow peas) – package size doesn't matter
  • Pork for seasoning: ham hocks, ham bone, or large piece of ham
  • 1 T salt (will need more)
  • 1 T pepper
  • 1 T cooking oil
  • 1 T Sugar


  1. Sort through beans to ensure there aren't any stones. Place sorted beans in a large mixing bowl or pot. Completely cover with water (with a few inches extra over the top) and soak overnight. In morning, pour off soaking water and place in pot they're to be cooked in. Add pork for seasoning. Cover with water and several more inches to ensure that peas don't boil dry. Add all other seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for several hours. Remove ham and shred, place back in pot. Continue cooking until peas are tender. Total cooking time will take at least three to four hours.

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