"If you say one more time - ohh, it tastes just like it would back in Germany - we'll skip right to the ice cream!!"
But for real for real; this thing was off the shizzle. We put real ham hocks into it. For taste. Beat that!
We added 1 pound of split peas, salt, and pepper. We covered it with 2 quarts of vegetable broth and turned the slow cooker on low for 8+ hours.
Before we left for bigger and better things we chopped up a few beef franks and tossed them into a scolding hot cast iron pan for a short while. (If we can get our hands on good quality Vienna sausages, we'll use those.) Discarding the greasy juices we popped them into the fridge to add them later upon our return.
Check it out! Everybody dug in and fought for the best pieces. Perfect fall fodder for the masses.
We did remove the hog's ham hocks prior to eating. We might try it sometime with big chunks of bacon instead. Just to see how it might turn out.