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Get out your crockpots-we all have one.  Now I have to admit, my son hates when I take out ours.  He hates the texture of most of the meat and he only likes split pea soup from the thing.

My husband loves when I put up a pork shoulder (more commonly known as pork butt) with lots of root vegetables and let them cook with a rub of montreal steak seasoning and a bit of tamari sauce (sweet, rich soy sauce).  He also loves this when I pour over some Jack Daniels BBQ sauce.  The leftovers are great as sandwiches.

As I mentioned, my son doesn’t really love any of this-he likes his vegetables roasted in olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and pepper.  He loves his meats BBQ’d-it’s the native Californian in him.  His fiance loves soup and so do the rest of us.

I could serve just about anything in a soup pot to the rest of the family and we’d all be thrilled.  Adam, just not so much.

But he will enjoy homemade split pea soup from the crockpot.  Here’s my version, but I’d love to hear from all of you about your take on this filling, healthy and tasty bowlful!

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

1/2 lb split peas, rinsed and sorted
1 med onion, chopped fine
2 medium-sized carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped.
1 quart chicken stock
1 pint guinness (yes, beer)
2 C water
1/2-1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 good-sized ham hock or a good-sized ham bone
1-2 C chopped ham

Simply put all the ingredients into a 5-6 quart crockpot and put it on low for about 10 hours.

This is great with some toasted artisan bread or some freshly baked muffins.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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