1 pound dried 13- or 15-bean combination mix 7 cups water, divided 2 cups diced ham or smoked sausage 1 ham bone, optional 1/2 small onion, chopped 1 bay leaf salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
In the evening, place beans in crockpot and add 4 cups of water. Cover crockpot and cook on low setting overnight. In the morning, add 3 more cups of water, along with the diced ham or smoked sausage, ham bone, if desired, chopped onion and bay leaf.
Cook on low for 8 hours. Taste for seasoning and add salt and black pepper and a pinch of cayenne as desired. Remove bay leaf and ham bone before serving.
I cooked the beans as stated over night, woke up to dried up and burned beans, I think maybe soaking overnight would be better than on low, i used 4 cups water and 1 # beans. Wont use this recipe again
CDKitchen Note: Sounds like you have a newer crockpot that cooks "hotter" maybe? If yours has a warm setting I'd use that in place of recipes that call for cooking something on low. Standard crockpots could cook on low overnight and not overcook anything but many of the newer models today run far too hot to do that.