... is not as good as Hoppin John with tasso. The recipe I used comes from Terrie Thompson's outstanding Eating Southern Style and it calls for tasso, but we didn't have any. The ham hocks were easily procured at the local Albertsons and I used them along with bacon for the meat with meh results. My wife and one of our son's loved it*, but I'm non-plussed or at least only mildly-plussed.
Still, it has black eyed peas so the good luck part is still there.
Ham hocks have their place. This was not it.
* - They are both telling me that I must be crazy and are in the process of eating more of it.