I ate red beans and rice tonight and yours looks amazing. Do you have a recipe you wouldn’t Mind Sharing
1 pound ham hocks or use Wright's Liquid Smoke. If using liquid smoke add 2-3 drops at a time and do a taste test.
Celery 2-3 ribs chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme in leaf form. If ground thyme reduce amount to 1/4 teaspoon.
1/2 large onion chopped
1/2 Green pepper chopped
Garlic 3-4 cloves chopped
Red beans 1 pound soaked overnight. Be sure to check for rocks in the raw beans.
Cajun seasoning like Zatarains. I make my own salt free Cajun spice blend to use.
Season to taste 1 teaspoon is a starting point.
Salt to taste. Add the salt after the beans have cooked soft. The ham hocks may provide enough salt.
Black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
2-3 bay leaves
Sausage link I suggest precooked chopped in small pieces.
1-2 jalapeno or Serrano peppers floated in the pot without being chopped.
3-5 chopped garlic cloves. More or less depending on your preferences.
Pre cook all veggies and sausage for a few minutes in bacon or sausage fat.
Add pre soaked beans, meat, vegetables, and seasoning except for salty items with about 4 -6 cups of water or beef stock to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Cover pan and then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Cook 2.5 -3 hours until beans are done. A crock pot will work as well. It takes about 6 hours on low with my crock pot to cook the beans. Add additional water as needed. Don't over add water. Goal is to have thick beans.
When beans are done pull out some and mash to make a thicker sludge of beans and juice. Correct seasoning as needed.