Rinse and clean beans thoroughly. Place the beans in a large stockpot and cover the beans with cold water. Bring to a boil and add all remaining ingredients. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and cook for about 2 hours or until beans are fork tender. Add hot water as needed to keep beans completely covered. Remove ham hock before serving.
More About PinquitosA specialty bean from Santa Maria, California. Pinquitos are a cross between a pink bean and a small white bean and are a standard in Santa Maria style BBQ. Use to make side-dish beans, chili beans or substitute for in any recipe where pintos are called for. In Santa Maria the classic combination is pinquitos with BBQ tri-tip. Available in specialty stores as well as a few online retailers.