Red Beans and Rice with a Ham Hock and Sausage......... 1 16 oz package of dried Red Beans , you can use less beans if you like to. 1 smoked pork hock 12 oz cooked kielbasa , cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. ( If you want it spicier then use Andouille sausage ) 1 1/2 cups of water 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth 1 med onion , diced 1 stalk of celery , diced 1/2 cup of chopped Red , Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper. 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 cloves of garlic minced 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme , crushed *** 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano , crushed *** 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper , or to taste. 1 8.8 oz package of cooked long grain or brown rice. ( I use Uncle Ben's precooked microwave rice ) Black Pepper to taste......... NO , I did not forget the Salt , the smoked Ham Hock will make it salty and you can always add more if you want it. The wife and I have this and it is really good , the above amounts are suggestions on how much to use and works pretty good. *** To crush the Thyme and Oregano I put it in a small bowl and use the back of a metal spoon to crush it 1..Rinse beans.In a large saucepan , combine beans and 6 cups of water. Bring to boiling , reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat , cover and let it stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. ( I rinse mine and soak them overnight to skip this step ) 2. In a 3, 1/2 to 4 qt slow cooker combine the beans , pork hock , sausage ,the 1 1/2 cups of water , the broth , onion ,celery , tomato paste , garlic , thyme , oregano ,and cayenne pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low heat for 9 to 10 hours or on high for 41/2 to 5 hours. 4. Remove the pork hock and when it is cool enough to handle remove the meat from it. Add the meat from the hock , the rice and sweet pepper into the bean mix.If using the low setting switch to high and cook for 30 minutes more.