pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped into 1½ inch pieces
cloves garlic, finely chopped
cup distilled white vinegar
tablespoon black pepper
1.Place the water in a large pot, and mix in the green beans, ham hock, onion, garlic, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook 10 minutes. 2.Reduce heat to low, and simmer 4 hours. Remove the ham hock, and slice the meat into small pieces. Return meat to the beans, and serve.