I learned to make this back home in ALABAMA !! Everybody makes theirs different. The Ham and Butter make the flavor in this recipe ???❤️❤️


  1. Olive oil
  2. 1 lb dry small red beans (not kidney)
  3. 1 lb smoked sausage
  4. 1 lb smoked ham
  5. 2 green bell peppers
  6. 1 large onion
  7. 4 stalks celery
  8. 2 cloves garlic
  9. 1 stick butter
  10. 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  11. Water
  12. 1 Tblsp garlic powder
  13. 1 Tblsp Cajun seasoning
  14. 1 tsp thyme
  15. 4 bay leaves
  16. Few dashes of Worcestershire
  17. Pinch sugar
  18. Cooked rice (your choice)


  1. Sort out and soak the red beans the night before

  2. Cut up all your meats and veggies and start browning the sausage in a pot with just a bit of olive oil

  3. Add the peppers, celery, onion and garlic on top of the sausage and stir to combine. Next add the stick of butter and stir till melted

  4. Add the ham and keep stirring

  5. Add enough water just to cover everything and bring to a boil

  6. Then add the garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, thyme, 4 bay leaves, pinch of sugar and Worcestershire

  7. Cook for 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours on LO barely a simmer stirring occasionally and mashing some beans on the side of the pot for more creaminess (do this towards the end)

  8. Serve over rice ??? this time I used yellow rice but use any kind you like

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