Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans

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slow cooker ham and northern beans

An all around family favorite during the winter months is Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans. For so many years, I served my family baked ham dinners and threw away the hambone. Now I’m kicking myself. To think I could’ve been serving up this delicious comfort food all along!

I first stumbled across this recipe when my cousin brought it to a Christmas Eve potluck. Hubs loved it and I requested the recipe. It came to me across a Facebook message in my family’s normal format….add a little of this, some of that, maybe a little of this. No measurements, no exact instructions.

And that brings me to one of the greatest obstacles I face in sharing recipes with you…I hardly ever measure anything. I just throw things in, eye it until it looks right and taste it until it’s yummy.

That’s what I normally do with this recipe, but I love you too much not to share it with you, so I set about working out a more exact recipe. This works. The amount of water may vary depending on how long you boil it, how hard you boil it and how big your slow cooker is.

Use common sense and eye it and it should turn out fine. Keep in mind that it should be the consistency you see in the image above and possibly creamier, but not necessarily thicker. Make sense?

I own two crock pots. This 6-Quart Smart-Pot Oval Slow Cooker and this Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker. I like having two large slow cookers so I can do big batch cooking.

I did not write this recipe as a slow cooker dump meal. Mainly because cooking time is less if you cook the beans on the stove until tender and then transfer to the slow cooker.

Also, the smoky deliciousness of this dish comes from boiling the hambone with the beans in water. Most slowcookers aren’t big enough to accomodate this and it would take alot longer to get the same results.

I will promise you though, you won’t regret spending a portion of your morning on this dinner. And while you’re at it, you can whip up some of Amanda’s Honey Cornbread, the perfect partner to Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans!

How to Make Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans

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Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans
Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans Recipe
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 65 minutes
Cook Time 540 minutes
Servings
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 65 minutes
Cook Time 540 minutes
Servings
-8
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Ham and Northern Beans Recipe
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Instructions
  1. Pick through and rinse beans.
  2. Put in large pot and cover with water.
  3. Boil uncovered for 1 hour.
  4. Drain, rinse and return to pot.
  5. Refill pot with 8 cups fresh water and add hambone, onion and garlic.
  6. Bring to a boil and continue to cook over a low boil until beans are tender.
  7. Add salt and tabasco and pour mixture into slow cooker.
  8. Add more water to within one inch of the top of the slow cooker if necessary.
  9. Cook on low for the rest of the day, stirring often to encourage creaminess.
  10. Serve with cornbread.

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