1. Place all ingredients except hot sauce in a 3-quart electric slow cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaf and turkey leg. Serve peas with a slotted spoon, and sprinkle with hot sauce, if desired.
Freezer Tip: Freeze your summer bounty of black-eyed peas for fresh flavor in the fall. Fill a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag with unrinsed peas, and place in the freezer. Use within three months for best taste.