How to Make It
Remove the strings from the beans, and cut the beans into 2-inch pieces. Wash the beans thoroughly.
Place the ham hock and 5 cups water in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Add the beans, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until tender.
Recipe Revival: Southern Classics Reinvented for Modern Cooks (2016; Time Inc. Books)