Enjoy and serve with cornbread.

Dave
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse, pick over, and place the peas in a large bowl. Cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Pour the water into a large saucepan or soup pot. Add the bouillon cubes and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the bouillon. Stir in the peas, reduce heat, and bring to a simmer.

  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

  • Melt the butter in the pan with the bacon grease; cook and stir the onions until they begin to turn brown at the edges, about 10 minutes. Stir the onions and cooking fat into the peas; add the crumbled bacon, ham, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the peas over low heat for 8 hours, stirring every hour.

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Nutrition Facts

431.2 calories; 20.8 g protein; 31.3 g carbohydrates; 50.8 mg cholesterol; 1176.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
I have never left a review on anything, but MAN these peas were that good. I used the recipe as written except I halfed it can only cooked it 4 hours due to less ingrediants and they were amazing! We lost my grandad this past year and it was his new years peas we gathered around every year, now my family has elected me to carry on that tradition! They were that good! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2019
Peas have a subtle flavor all their own and are best enjoyed without spices that take away from that flavor. Cover peas in water and add salt as if you were salting them on your plate. Add sliced dry salt meat or smoked pig knuckles. Bring to a boil in a covered pot and reduce heat to a slow simmer. After simmering for one hour remove the lid and increase heat to bring it back to a simmer for 30 minutes. This is very important to allow the liquid to develop the color and rich flavor that really takes this dish from the mundane to the richness that takes it to the level of a culinary masterpiece. Forget all the herbs for this dish. It is so much more delicious without them. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
I have never left a review on anything, but MAN these peas were that good. I used the recipe as written except I halfed it can only cooked it 4 hours due to less ingrediants and they were amazing! We lost my grandad this past year and it was his new years peas we gathered around every year, now my family has elected me to carry on that tradition! They were that good! :) Read More
(89)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2013
Made these again this year. I only substituted the chicken bouillon for beef. Because chickens and other fowl move backward as they eat that's not want you want for the new year.:0) Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2011
This is a really great recipe. I halved it. Really flavorful not too salty. I had already fried some bacon so I just cut up 6 strips of bacon and added them to the peas and I added 2 tbsp of unsalted butter since I did not have any bacon grease left. I microwaved the bacon. Did not add salt only pepper. I thought 4 bullion cubes would be too much but they were perfectly seasoned. Use vidalia onions or a peru sweet onion for more flavor. For the ham I used left over honey baked ham and removed the honey rind and fat. I think I simmered only about six hours but they were a nice soft consistency. A keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2013
My whole life we have always been made to eat black eyed peas on New Years day and I have always hated them! My parents would always just open a can of black eyed peas heat them in the microwave and serve.. it's no wonder I hated them! So I decided to make these peas and now I must say that I love black eyed peas!! This recipe was awesome the only changes I made was to cut it in half (I was only feeding 2.5 people so we didn't need a lot) I used 12 oz. of bacon because I didn't want to use just a partial package and I added a bit of garlic. I also cooked it in the crock pot on low for 4 hours and then on high for 4 hours. My husband even took these to have as a meal at work the next day. I will never go back to canned black eyed peas again:) Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2011
Very tasty. I made some variations only because I cook with what i have on hand. Didn't have bacon but used bacon grease. Also sauteed some carrots celery and garlic with the onions and sprinkled very little hot pepper in (more for flavor not enough to make it hot). My two year old even ate it! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2013
Born and raised in North Georgia into a family of real good Cooks. These are the best Black Eyed Peas I have ever eaten. Don't change the recipe at all...it's perfect. A bowl of peas with a dollop of home made chow-chow and a big slice of cornbread and you have the perfect meal. Just fabulous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Dave.. I'm from Savannah Georgia and we always used hog jowl with our peas. I have mine ready as well as greens for money. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2012
Made Dave's black eyed pea recipe and it was fabulous. Best tasting peas I have evr eaten. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
This recipe is OFF THE CHAIN Dave!!! I just made them yesterday for New Year's Day. These were so unbelievably good that my family had thirds!!! I didn't change a thing. Soooo tasty. Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe. I'll treasure it with each use.:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/03/2019
Peas have a subtle flavor all their own and are best enjoyed without spices that take away from that flavor. Cover peas in water and add salt as if you were salting them on your plate. Add sliced dry salt meat or smoked pig knuckles. Bring to a boil in a covered pot and reduce heat to a slow simmer. After simmering for one hour remove the lid and increase heat to bring it back to a simmer for 30 minutes. This is very important to allow the liquid to develop the color and rich flavor that really takes this dish from the mundane to the richness that takes it to the level of a culinary masterpiece. Forget all the herbs for this dish. It is so much more delicious without them. Read More