Soak the beans in
water overnight (8 hours)
Drain the beans and
place them in a Crock Pot. Add the chicken broth to the Crock
Using a large skillet
or dutch oven (cast-iron if possible), add the bacon and cook
for 6-8 minutes over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet leaving the bacon grease in the skillet. Add the bacon to the crock pot.
Add the smoked sausage
and ham to the skillet and render for 4-5 minutes. Remove from skillet (leaving the grease) and add to the crock pot.
Add the celery, onion,
bell pepper and garlic to the skillet and cook until all are
wilted (5-6 minutes)
Add the vegetable
mixture from the skillet to the Crock Pot
Add the seasonings
to the Crock Pot and mix well
Let the beans cook
for 6-7 hours on high (or 10 hours on low). The beans should
be soft when finished.
Discard the bay leaves
and serve over rice