When I was growing up, a pot of beans on the stove meant my mother was having to be as frugal as possible - probably because payday was a few days away and she was single mom to three kids.
And she never used a crockpot. But I have discovered over the years that my peeps LOVE a big pot of whatever kind of beans seasoned with whatever leftover meat we may have. They could care less that it is frugal. Last week I plopped the leftover ham bone from Christmas into the crockpot with a pound of dried butter beans and enough water to cover the beans a couple of inches. I added a tablespoon of the seasoning blend I make, and then I just walked away. (I never soak the beans, but I sort for rocks and rinse them)
Hours later, perfection. The only thing my peeps requested as a side was cornbread and chopped onion. I'm glad they like beans so much - Christmas bills are arriving...a crockpot of beans is a win all around!