Ham Hock Soup


  • 1 Gamze Smokehouse ham hock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups dried split peas
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Gamze Smokehouse Ham Hock:
    • Rinse the ham hock under cold water to remove any excess salt.
    • In a large stockpot, place the ham hock, chopped onion, carrots, celery, minced garlic, bay leaf, dried thyme, and dried parsley.
  2. Add Water and Simmer:
    • Pour 8 cups of water into the pot, ensuring that the ham hock and vegetables are fully submerged.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
    • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the ham hock meat is tender and easily falls off the bone.
  3. Remove Ham Hock and Shred Meat:
    • Carefully remove the ham hock from the soup using tongs.
    • Allow the ham hock to cool slightly, then shred the meat from the bone. Discard the bone, skin, and any excess fat.
  4. Add Split Peas:
    • Rinse the dried split peas under cold water and add them to the soup. Stir to combine.
  5. Continue Simmering:
    • Cover the pot and continue to simmer the soup for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until the split peas are soft and the soup has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  6. Return Shredded Ham Hock:
    • Once the split peas are tender, return the shredded ham hock meat to the soup. Stir well to incorporate the ham into the soup.
  7. Season and Serve:
    • Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
    • Remove the bay leaf.
    • Serve the Gamze Smokehouse Ham Hock Soup hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Enjoy your hearty and flavorful ham hock soup! It’s a comforting dish that’s perfect for cold weather or any time you’re craving a warm and satisfying meal.