Put the beans, their liquid and the ham in a large, heavy saucepan. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until the majority of the liquid has cooked down, about 30 minutes.
Salt pork or Goya brand ham-flavored seasoning may be substituted for the ham hock.
Adapted from "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen" by Trisha Yearwood © Clarkson Potter 2008. Provided courtesy of Trisha Yearwood. All rights reserved.