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Red beans with smoked sausage served over rice makes for a delicious and hearty meal found in many Southern kitchens. My family loves red beans and rice and it’s so easy in the crock pot or on the stove top.1 (1 pound) bag dried small red beans 8 cups water 4 chicken bouillon cubes (can use 2 less cups of water and add one can of chicken broth) 1 teaspoon bacon grease (optional) 1 ham hock 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 small onion, chopped 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground sage 1 (approx. 1 pound package) smoked sausage, cut into slices or pieces 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon salt Long grain rice or rice of your choice Rinse the beans and put in dutch oven or large pot. (I do not soak these beans) Add water and remaining ingredients except for salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for about 2 hours. Add salt before serving. Serve over rice of your choice. Enjoy! Note: I use long grain rice prepared according to package directions. This could be made in the crockpot, too. Just cook the red beans and sausage on low for about 7 or 8 hours until beans are done and make your rice separate. Leave out the meat for a great vegetarian meal! Great served with my Southern Cornmeal Hoecakes! Don’t Forget to Pin Red Beans, Smoked Sausage and Rice! Feel free to “share” with your friends by clicking on the Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter icons below. You can print by clicking on the green printer icon below. © The Southern Lady Cooks photos and text – All rights reserved. No copying, posting on other sites, or other uses allowed without written permission of the copyright holder.