Heat a large, heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, when hot add oil, swirl to coat.
Add the meat of your choice. If using thick smoked bacon pieces, cook until just crispy before proceeding. If using pre-cooked sausage, or smoked pork hock, add to the pot and immediately add the remaining ingredients.
Pour in the Mesa de Vida Creole healthy cooking and seasoning sauce. Stir, cooking for about 30 seconds.
Pour in the apple cider vinegar, water, and beans. If you're using uncooked, soaked beans use 6 cups of water, if using canned beans use 4 cups of water.
Add salt to taste. Mesa de Vida sauces are very low in sodium, so you add the salt to your own preference. (If using smoked meats I recommend not adding salt at this point, as the meat is likely to be fairly salty.)
Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat accordingly:
If you're making this with uncooked, soaked beans cover and cook on low, at a gentle bubble, for at least 1 hour, and up to 6 hours.
If you're making this with cooked, canned beans cook on medium low, and do not cover. Cook for 30-45 minutes. If you'd like to continue cooking at that point, cover and lower the heat to low.
Cook the Creole Red Beans to the desired consistency you like. If you would like them to get creamier and softer, you can leave this on to cook on low all day!
When the beans are at the consistency you desire, taste for seasoning, add a bit of salt at a time until you reach the desired saltiness. Serve with hot rice and hot sauce to taste.