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Mayday! Smoked ham hocks vs. fresh pork hocks

Kathi Oct 24, 2006 10:35 PM

I am making 15 bean soup tonight and got fresh pork hocks vs. my usual smoked ham hocks. And I am not going back to the Acme.......
Should I use the fresh or no?
Thank you!

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  1. Karl S RE: Kathi Oct 24, 2006 11:43 PM

    The fresh hocks will give your soup body and flavor, but no hickory-smoke flavor. I would use them -- and roast them first -- but realize the flavor will not be the same.

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    1. re: Karl S
      Kathi RE: Karl S Oct 25, 2006 12:18 AM

      Thank you!
      I've been checking the site.........
      I will roast and add:)

      1. re: Kathi
        MMRuth RE: Kathi Oct 25, 2006 12:24 AM

        Would it make sense to add some bacon for the smokey taste?

        1. re: MMRuth
          Karl S RE: MMRuth Oct 25, 2006 12:26 AM

          Yes. Cook it a bit first.

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