Recipe for split pea soup with smoked ham hocks

Recipe: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Hocks

When the weather turns cool, we like a hearty and nourishing slow cooker recipe that leaves us with plenty of leftovers to heat up during the week. We’ll be sending you some of our staff favorites over the coming months, and we thought we would get a start this week with Mark’s favorite Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Smoked Hocks recipe.

This particular recipe is an almost effortless act of alchemy, transforming dried peas and a few simple ingredients into an incredibly creamy, hearty meal that feeds 8-10 people. The ingredients are simple and easy to come by, and the preparation is easier still, requiring only a few minutes of prep time, and then patience… The secret ingredient, of course, is a delicious house smoked pork hock from Kettle Range (antibiotic free, of course!).

Ingredients for this recipe

  • 1lb split peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 smoked pork hock, 1lb-ish (available year-round at Kettle Range)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and black pepper

How to make this recipe

Layer the peas in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Add the chopped vegetables, garlic, parsley and the bay leaf–you don’t even need to mix it up.  Set the smoked pork hock gently on top.  Add the chicken broth, water, and salt and pepper.

That’s it… really!

Now, if you have the time, set your slow cooker on Low for 8-10 hours and enjoy your day. If you’re in a hurry, 5 hours on the High setting should do it.

After it is done cooking, it should be easy to separate the meat from the bone with a fork.  Be careful not to burn your fingers!  Remove the bone and serve–We like it with some warm corn bread or a crusty chuck of sheepherder’s bread.

Wanna spice it up?

Want a bit more spice in your Split Pea Soup? How about adding some of Jerry’s Smoked Andouille sausage? It’s precooked.  Just slice it into bite-size pieces and add to the slow cooker at the same time you add the hocks.  Delicious!


Bon appetit!


Heritage bronze turkey on platter

Local Pasture Raised Heritage Turkey

We’re excited to announce that we have beautiful pasture raised heritage turkey this year, including the gorgeous locally raised Heritage Bronze Turkeys that were such a hit last year, as well as classic Large Breasted Whites.

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And while it might seem like the holidays snuck up out of nowhere, we’ve been busy working for a couple of months in order to make sure that you and your family have a memorable centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal.

Heritage Turkey Raised On Wisconsin Pasture

Life she does every year, a close farmer friend of ours down in Burlington, WI is raising a limited number of local pasture raised turkeys, exclusively for Kettle Range. These birds are housed on Lynn’s beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin farm and are provided with unrestricted outdoor access to graze on grass, bugs, and other autumn forages. Humanely raised and antibiotic free, of course.

And if you’re watching your budget, we’ve also offering excellent quality, reasonably priced Amish-Mennonite raised Broad Breasted White turkeys from Pennsylvania.

These happy and healthy, locally raised turkeys are going to be delicious!

We’ll Help You Prepare It

Short of time? Looking to try something new? This year we’re offering you a couple of new options.  You can have your heritage turkey smoked in our professional smoker.  All you need to do is warm it up! Or, if you want to try something new, we’ll spatchcock your turkey for you.

Delicious House Made Sides

Impress your friends and family with an memorable holiday meal. Our House Chef is preparing some savory Bread and Sausage Stuffing made with our mild house made sausage, savory Turkey Gravy, and a few other surprises.

Reserve Yours Today

We have a limited number of these special birds, so CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOURS while supplies last.

May Buyer's Club shares are coming soon

Kettle Range Meat CO. Milwaukee Wisconsin April, 19, 2016. . Photo/ Darren Hauck

May Buyer's Club Shares are getting ready to ship. Sign up now.

Have you signed up?

Each month, Buyer's Club members receive a 5lb, 10lb or 16lb selection of our healthiest and most delicious grass fed beef, pork and chicken...always locally raised and free of antibiotics and hormones.


If you're already a Buyer's Club member, you don't need to do anything else... we're already packing your May share.


But if you haven't signed up for the Kettle Range Buyer's Club, please make sure to do so before the Friday, April 29th cut off date.


Choose from 5 share options


Buyer's Club is a flexible month-to-month benefit for customers. We bill you once-a-month. Skip a month, or cancel at any time.

Shares are available for pick up at convenient locations in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Madison, or have yours delivered right to your doorstep.

Doors Are Open!

Our awesome new sign is up and the doors are unofficially open. Stop in to say hello and pick up some amazing foods to take home for dinner tonight!


Just in time for Easter Dinner: Hams and Lambs – RESERVE NOW

Just in time for Easter Dinner…

The Easter ham is a Wisconsin tradition, and we’re cooking up a new recipe for our Traditionally Cured Boneless Hams, available only this week and next.

And if you would like to try something different, we’ve also brought in some exquisite pastured Shropshire lamb roasts, including shoulders and legs.

Hams and lambs are available in limited quantity and we anticipate running out of inventory, so reserve your’s now and we’ll deliver it to your home during the week of March 21st, or pick it up at one of the following locations*:

Kettle Range Meat Co., 5501 West State Street, Milwaukee – Pick up any time M-F, 8am to 5pm.
Kenosha HarborMarket, Kenosha – Piock up Saturday, March 26th, 9am, to 1pm.
*Select “Customer Pick Up” at checkout to avoid additional shipping charges.