Beans are a most versatile food; so many styles to make and so many ways to cook them. There are Ranch Beans, there are Chili Beans, there are Barbecue Beans and just plain old Pork and Beans to name a few. And cooking? You can cook then on the stove top. You can cook them in the oven and you can cook them in the coals of your campfire too. And, as in this recipe, you can cook them in your crock pot and make delicious beans for that special cookout or barbecue, that picnic or just for every day fare.
When I went to the store to get the items not on hand to make these beans I wasn’t sure about what meat to use. I found a family pack of bone-in pork chops. There was a bit of fat on the edges and six small bones. I decided to use them. I selected two for the bean pot and four others, after cutting out the bone, were bagged for the freezer for later. I lightly grilled the chops to brown the surface and give a bit of smoky taste to the meat. I could just as well could have used bacon (easy to find) or a ham hock (not so easy to find and usually expensive for an old bone that has had most all of the meat already cut off) with equally good results.