Mimi's Hoppin' John with Pork Jowl
For the ham, I used leftover ham from Christmas, and I just cut off the sweet coating. I have made this with ham hocks before, but I found the flavor to be better with the pork jowl, and my family enjoyed it much better with the pork jowl, as well.
Once the soup is ready to serve, test to see if the saltiness is to your liking. If using a ham hock or bacon, you may need more salt than if using a pork jowl. After the soup is seasoned to your liking, it is ready to serve.