Start by soaking the 20 oz of beans overnight, or at least eight hours.
Drain and rinse the beans and place into an six or eight quart pot
Add two quarts of water, the ham cubes and Bay Leaves to the pot
Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 2.5 hours, stirring about every 15 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, lemon zest and juice, onion, garlic, chilies, paprika, and ancho powders to the pot. Stir well and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in the Bouquet Garni and Hickory smoke powder. Mix well.
Serve with crusty artisan bread and plenty of soft butter!
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