How Long to Cook Ham Hocks

by Anthony
(Fayetteville, NC)

Question: How long does it take to cook ham hocks?

Answer: For most recipes that use ham hocks in some form or another, you want to boil the meat for 2-3 hours until very tender.

Ham hocks are an easy and delicious way to add flavor to a variety of dishes, from soups and stews to braised meats and sides. But how long do you need to cook them in order to ensure they're cooked through?

The length of time it takes to fully cook ham hocks varies depending on the size of the portion you're cooking. Generally speaking, it will take about 1-2 hours for smaller hock portions to cook all the way through, while it may take up to 3 hours for larger ones. The best way to tell if your hocks are completely cooked is by testing their internal temperature with a meat thermometer – they should reach an internal temperature of 145°F before consuming.

To get the most tender and flavorful results, try cooking your ham hocks slowly over low heat in a covered pot with some liquid like broth or water. This will give them time to soak up tons of flavor while also ensuring they get cooked all the way through. You can also add seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder before cooking for extra flavor!

No matter how you choose to prepare them, ham hocks can be a great addition to many dishes – and with the right amount of cooking time, you'll be sure that your end result is both safe and delicious.

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May 13, 2019
A traditional family meal
by: Nic K

Great northern beans is what I grew up on. I always use fried potatoes and Purple Onion and tarragon vinegar as sides. And of course cornbread. I use the water that the ham hocks boiled in as the broth and I just put my beans right inside.

Sep 15, 2018
Ham Hocks and Great Northern Beans
by: Peter Elbert

I use two separate pots. One for the beans and one for the ham hocks. Smaller pot as needed for ham hocks. Cover with chicken broth of your choosing to about 3/4 full. Bring to a good boil then reduce to a light to medium boil. Leave boiling for approximately two 2 hours. Meantime put great northern beans in larger pot that will eventually hold both beans and ham. Rinse beans well and pick out bad ones. Put beans in larger pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat in bean pot and let soak or simmer for two hrs. Then pour ham and chicken broth into larger pot with beans and let high simmer for two to three hrs. according to preference of texture. Add salt to taste 30 min before done. Enjoy adjust all measurement to your taste. Enjoy.

Dec 18, 2010
Corn Bread with Beans and Hamhock
by: Esther

Don't forget the cornbread,,(add corn to mix).. mmm with your Beans and Hamhock.. Everyone will be jealous! Enjoy.

Dec 27, 2009
How To Cook Ham Hock and Mustard Greens
by: wazzup

1st you take your hammhocks and put them in a pot and let it boil on high when they get real hot and it starts boiling very high chop up your onions and put them in the pot to get ready for your greens.And this is how you cook hammhocks.

Oct 13, 2009
How to cook Pinto Beans with Ham Hocks
by: Anonymous


3 to 5 heavily smoked ham hocks
2 lbs. dry pinto beans, washed & cleaned
1 lg. onion, chopped
3 lg. cloves garlic

Place ham hocks, onion and garlic into a large cooking pot. Add enough water to fill the pot about 3/4 full. Boil 1 to 2 hours or until the hocks are tender. Add pinto beans and water as necessary and continue cooking 1 to 2 hours more until the beans are done. If you soaked the beans before hand, the time required for this part may be reduced. If you like them zesty, a couple of Jalapeno peppers may be added here. Taste is important here. I like to cook mine until the beans begin to fall apart and the broth begins to look like thick bean soup, but I feel this greatly enhances the flavor.

Serves 6-8.

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