How to cook smoked pork hocks in a crock-pot

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How to cook smoked pork hocks in a crock-pot
Do not uncover your Crockpot while the ham cooks. (pork in a slow cooker image by pr2is from Fotolia.com)

A pork hock, often called a ham knuckle, is cut from the area on the hog where the foot attaches to the leg. Pork hock is commonly smoked to tenderise the meat and infuse it with a rich flavour before cooking with other ingredients. Cooking smoked pork hocks in a Crockpot requires only a few base ingredients to produce a flavourful dish with tender meat.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 1/4 cup dry beans
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 green sweet pepper
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place dry beans of your choice into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring the water to a low boil over medium heat on a hob. Boil for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Leave the beans to set for one hour.

  2. 2

    Combine chicken broth, bay leaves and ground pepper in a Crockpot set to high heat.

  3. 3

    Place the medium white onion and green sweet pepper onto a clean cutting board. Chop into small pieces using a sharp knife. Discard onionskin and pepper seeds before adding the chopped vegetables into the Crockpot.

  4. 4

    Strain the beans and pour them into the Crockpot.

  5. 5

    Place three to five smoked pork hocks into the Crockpot and cook on low heat for eight hours.

  6. 6

    Remove the pork hocks and cut the meat off the bones with a sharp knife. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and stir back into the mixture in the Crockpot before serving.

Tips and warnings

  • Always let food cool to room temperature before refrigerating to reduce the chance of bacterial growth.

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