Our Ham Hock Stock is an easy way to create an amazing depth of flavor in Cajun foods, soups, stews, collards, beans and so much more. We utilize smoked ham hocks and cook them down until they fall off the bone and impart incredible taste!
We are big believers in using the freshest ingredients possible, it’s a key factor in enhancing the flavors and quality of any dish. This is a back to basics method, use up vegetables or herbs that you have on hand or follow our recipe to a tee.
You can’t go wrong, but there is one hard and fast rule! Don’t add any salt at this time, due to the salt content in ham. You will adjust for taste after the stock finishes cooking.
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You can add this ham stock recipe to virtually anything you want to impart a smokey flavor in.
- Red beans and rice
- Green Beans
The basics of making a smokey ham hock stock
Place the ham hocks in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot. Cover with water and bring to a boil, as soon as the water comes to a boil, pour it off. Then rinse the ham hocks and the pot, return the hocks to the washed out pot. This cooks off impurities on the hocks.
Scrub the vegetables and cut any large pieces in half, then add them into the pot with the hocks. Pour the 4 quarts of cold water in slowly to avoid breaking up the fat on the hocks, which could cause the stock to become greasy and cloudy. The water should just cover the ingredients.
Place on medium-high heat and bring to a slow rolling boil, lower heat to medium-low. Turn down the heat even more. You want the barest of simmering going on – the occasional bubble every few seconds. This is so that the collagen in the meat melts and dissolves, which flavors the stock. As the stock cooks occasionally skim the surface to remove the foam.
For the first half an hour, continue to check back and skim off any foam that has risen to the surface. After this time has passed, the foam should subside and you can check back every hour or so and give the pot a gentle stir, to keep the ingredients from drying out.
As the liquid reduces the flavor will become more concentrated. After 4 hours check for flavor, it should be seasoned beautifully at this point. Remove the ham hocks to a platter and set aside.
Strain the stock through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the vegetables. Allow the stock to cool if not using immediately.
Ham Hock Stock can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
How to Make Ham Hock Stock
Our Ham Hock Stock is an easy way to create an amazing depth of flavor in soups, stews, beans and so much more.
- 3 large smoked ham hocks
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 4 quarts water, cold
Put the ham hocks in a very large soup pot and cover with cold water. As soon as it comes to the boil, pour the water out. Rinse the ham hocks and the pot. This cooks off impurities on the hocks.
Now add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot. Cover partially and simmer until flavorful and ham is falling off the bones, about 3 hours. Remove the ham hocks and then strain the stock and skim off any fat from the surface.
- Prep time is approximate.
- Ham Hock Stock can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.