Old Fashioned Pigs Feet Recipe A Soul Food Favorite That's Simple and Easy To Cook

boiled pigs feet


If this boiled pigs feet recipe is one of your favorites then you're truly old school like me.  Growing up down south on a tight budget pigs feet was a weekly staple, something we ate so much that I eventually I lost the taste for this delicious pork delicacy.  But now that I'm all grown up things are a little bit different.  From time-to-time I really get the urge to cook and eat pigs feet.

Pigs feet once considered a delicacy in the United States, have seen better days.  While living in Europe for five years I found out that pigs feet were still in high demand and very popular.  Slow cooking is the best way to release the awesome flavors contained in pigs feet.  Pigs feet are not as fattening as you might think.  

It's important to note that this meat provides more protein and less fat than country style pork spare ribs.  If you don't believe me, here is the data to support my statement.  About 3 ounces of pork spare ribs contains 20g of protein and 18g of fat, compared to pigs feet 21g of protein and 17g of fat.  Oay you're saying that's not much of a difference.  True.  But most people will swear you down, thinking that pork style spare ribs are healther than pigs feet.

Boiled Pigs Feet

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 pigs feet, split in half lengthwise
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • barbecue sauce (optional to pour on after cooking)
  • water

Cookware and Utensils:

  • 1 dutch oven or large boiling pot
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 measuring spoons

Recipe Instructions:

As always the key to great cooking is to be prepared and to use quality ingredients. Okay, so where do you buy some pigs feet? Often times you will have to ask the grocery store butcher for the pigs feet because they're usually frozen and sometimes stored in the back of the store.

With pigs feet and the rest of the ingredients in hand you are now ready to start cooking.

  1. Begin by giving the pigs feet a good washing. For presentation purposes remove any unsightly hair that you observe. Yes pigs grow hair on the toes and feet just like humans. A disposable razor will remove the hair.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large boiling pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot with lid and allow pigs feet to cook until tender, about 3 hours. While your meat is cooking stir constantly and skim away any foam that develops.

I included barbecue sauce as an ingredient for those of you who like to eat this delicious meat topped with bbq sauce.

This recipe provided courtesy of http://www.soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com/

I'm sure this pigs feet recipe will turn out to your liking. Serve this delectable meat with your favorite soul food sides, corn bread and southern beverage of choice. Enjoy your meal.

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