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October Beans Southern Style

October Beans Southern Style

  • Author: Tim Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: crock pot
  • Cuisine: American


Old-fashioned October(Cranberry) beans, slow cooked with ham hocks and onions.



  • 11lb bag of cranberry beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of baking soda (especially if you have hard water, it will help the beans cook
  • better as the soda softens the water)
  • 10 cups water
  • Butter and chopped raw onions for garnish


  1. Rinse the beans, picking out any bad beans. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with 8 cups of water. Allow the beans to soak 6-8 hours or overnight.
  2. Rinse soaked beans and place in crock pot. Add the chopped onion, ham hock, garlic, garlic pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, pinch of baking soda, and 10 cups of water.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  4. Place beans in a shallow bowl and garnish with a pat of butter and chopped raw onions. Serve with Cornbread.


October beans are commonly called Cranberry beans.

Keywords: cranberry beans, onion, ham hock,