Soak beans overnight or boil on medium heat for 2 hours. Drain beans and put in large soup pot. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil - reduce heat cover and simmer 3-4 hours.
If using ham hock, take out and remove meat and return hock (not meat) to pot.
Gumbos, Soups, Chowders
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana