In a greased 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients, except bacon. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours.
Remove ham hocks. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into small cubes; return to slow cooker. Stir in crumbled bacon. If desired, serve with pickled jalapeno peppers and pickled red onions.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled beans in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water or broth if necessary.
Molasses and Beans Tips
I don't have a slow cooker. How can I make this dish?If you don't have a slow cooker, you may bake this dish at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours.