Add the beans to a large container and completely cover them with cold water until the water is about 4-6 inches over the top of the beans. Let sit overnight. When you’re ready to start cooking, drain the beans, rinse with water, and set aside until it’s time to add them into the recipe.
Add the bacon fat to a large pot over medium heat and sweat the onions, celery, peppers, and garlic, stirring frequently, which takes about 10 minutes.
Next, add in the beans, stock, bay leaves, seasonings, and ham, cover with a lid, and cook over low-medium heat for about 2 hours or until the beans are very tender and the liquid has thickened.
Finish the mixture with sliced cooked sausage, Tabasco, salt, and pepper, and cook for 10 more minutes over low-medium heat.
Serve with cooked white rice and garnish with sliced green onions.
Chef Notes:Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 1 day ahead of time.How to Store: Cover and keep separate from the rice in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This will freeze well covered and separate from the rice for up to 6 months. Thaw for 1 day in the refrigerator before reheating.How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of red beans and rice to a small pot and heat over low heat until warm. You can also heat in the microwave until warm.When using canned beans, drain, and add with half the amount of chicken stock and cook for ½ the amount of time.To fast track soaking the beans, cover them with boiling water, and let stand for 1 hour before using.If you do not want to use the Cajun seasoning, substitute for 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons of garlic granules, and 2 teaspoons of dry thyme.Other dry herbs you can use are oregano, sage, or basil.For the ham, you can simply use leftover ham, a smoked ham hock, or a small shoulder cottage butt.Use Camellia red beans if you can.Absolutely use water in place of chicken stock as that would be more traditional. I believe chicken stock adds another layer of flavor to the recipe.If your andouille sausage is not pre-cooked, add it to the red beans pot about 30 minutes before it’s finished cooking.