Pop-Pop Phil's Bean Soup

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by hawgheaven, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    All this talk of soups and chowders is firing me up! Here is one of my favorites for the winter months:


    4 lbs black-eyed peas
    1 medium-sized picnic ham w/bone (6-8lbs) chunked
    4 qt chicken stock
    3 celery stalks chopped
    3 carrots chopped
    1 large onion chopped
    2 cans whole plum tomatoes 28oz (crush by hand)
    6-8 cloves of garlic crushed or finely chopped
    2 bay leaves
    Fresh ground pepper
    Cayenne pepper
    Crystal hot sauce
    Worchester sauce


    If you are not a fan of black-eyed peas, substitute your favorite bean instead...


    Note: Quantity for the spices and hot sauce are to taste. I never use an exact amount, just what feels good at the time.

    Wash/rinse black-eyed peas thoroughly, pour them into a large pot (at least a 12 qt size or bigger). Add all the rest of the ingredients to the pot, stir, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the lid, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    Serving suggestions:

    Let the soup cool off and sit overnight in the refrigerator. Scoop into quart-sized containers; breaking up the chunks of ham as you go. Heat up enough for dinner and freeze the rest. It keeps very well in the freezer! Serve with fresh cornbread and a nice bottle of cabernet sauvignon.
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yum! That sounds great HawgHeaven![​IMG]
    I love black eyed peas and I just happen to have a large hunk of ham in the fridge. Looks like I might be making this for supper tonight.
  3. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    That sounds mighty tasty, Hawg! At this rate I'm gonna have enough soup recipes to make a different one every week all winter long.
  4. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This soup will serve you well, I guarontee!

    BTW, I prefer to go easy on the oregano... you can always add more later.

    Have fun!
  5. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great sounding recipe. Thanks for sharing.
  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I finally got around to making this lastnight....I didn't have black eyed peas, but I had a bag of the 15 mixed beans.
    I also used home canned tomatoes in place of the canned plums.
    Along with a skillet of jalapeno/onion/whole corn cornbread.

    I'm sure it isn't as good as your's HawgHeaven, but I enjoyed it.[​IMG]

    Your recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!
  7. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wow!! that looks so good!!
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Busted....I'll send you some.[​IMG]
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Hawg -
    that looks great! Somehow I didn't see it the first time around. Can never have to much soup or stew in the wnter!

    Beautiful corn bread! I LOVE cornbread and the black skillet is the only way to make it right! [​IMG]
  10. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you Debi, I agree, cast iron cornbread is the way to go.[​IMG]
  11. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great recipe hawg. i wish i had seen this before i made the pintos yesterday.
  12. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone!

    I am making a batch of it now as we speak, but I made a slight adjustment... I did not use the picnic ham as suggested. I used some leftover smoked spare rib skirt/trimmin's meat instead... oh my GAWD it smells good in here... I'll let you know how it comes out.

    Stay tuned... [​IMG]
  13. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ladies and gentlemen, the bean soup is a success! The rib meat is absolutely awesome in this mix! Here's a pic, it doesn't do it much justice, but I hope you get the idea...

  14. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks awesome HawgHeaven!![​IMG]
  15. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Phil -

    That's a great idea! I always have a freezer full of those ribs skirts.
  16. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Damn Hawg that looks GOOD!!! You can bet I'll be making that one soon.
  17. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Corn bread made any other way just isn't corn bread. MMMMmmmmm
    Corn bread and beans would be my last meal!!!!
  18. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    wow hawg................nice

    but if i am not feeding the 6th fleet.........

    can i cut down on a one to one basis the recipe.....i ask this......cause sometimes, some recipes don't do well in a one to one basis for cutting down......sometimes one ingredient gets either TOO powerful.........or not enuff........if you rubberband what i am saying...........(rubberband = understand in stupid talk.....i do that well)
  19. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sure, you can cut it down... no problem. But if you make the whole recipe, you can freeze it... it freezes very well. [​IMG]

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