1 pound dried red kidney beans
8 ounces bacon, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 pounds ham hocks or 1 large ham bone
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups chicken stock or water, plus more if needed
1 to 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
Chopped scallions, for garnish
Cooked white rice, for serving
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