Southern Style Black Eyed Peas from

Here's what you'll need:
1 pound of dried black-eyed peas
1 pound of bacon
1 red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
Soak the black-eyed peas over night.
Chop the bacon into small pieces.  Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat.  When hot add in the bacon and brown.
While the bacon is browning drain the black-eyed peas, rinse,  and sort through them discarding any debris or bad peas.  Using a paper towel dry the beans as good as possible.  After the bacon has browned add the black-eyed peas, onion, and garlic to the dutch oven. Cook stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes.

 TIP - Don't salt the black-eyed peas while cooking.  Salting while cooking slows down the cooking process and toughens the peas. Yuck.

Add enough cold water to the pot to cover the beans by 1 inch. Using cold water will release all the yummy browned bits on the bottom of the dutch oven.  Add in the black pepper and bring the mixture to a simmer.  Simmer for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, or until peas are tender, adding water as necessary.  I like my black-eyed peas to have a gravy like consistency.  Some people prefer more of a soup like consistency. It's up to you.

When done salt and pepper to taste.  Have some Hot Pepper Sauce on hand to eat with it.  Yum!