Recipe for Great Tasting Neck Bones - Cook This Cheap Inexpensive Soul Food Meal

Pork Neck BonesNeck Bones By R. Hurst

Neck bones are inexpensive and easy to cook. But don't be mistaken, this meat is packed with flavor and taste great. Growing up down south, this inexpensive meat and rice meal was a family favorite, both worked well on a tight budget. I ate this meat so much that I lost the taste for this dish for a while.  

But guess what?  I got my taste for neckbones back again.

Nowadays, most grocery stores and supermarket are making available smoked neckbones just like those delicious smoked ham hocks. I'll give you my ham hocks recipe later on, that is if you behave yourself.

Over the years my mother adapted the basic neckbone and rice recipe. This recipe calls for green beans and white potatoes to be cooked up with the meat and served on a bed of rice. I definitely prefer the adaptation over the basic recipe. Here is the recipe for your enjoyment.

Neck Bones Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 pounds pork or beef neckbones, small to medium sized with meat
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black Pepper
  • 1 can italian green beans
  • 1 can white potatoes

Cookware and Utensils:

  • 1 Dutch Oven or large boiling pot

Recipe Instructions:

Remember, the key to great cooking is being prepared and to use quality ingredients.

  1. You can typically find neckbones at your local grocery store in neighborhoods where blue collar workers shop. Don't expect to find them in upscale and well-established stores. Pick out neck bones that are small to medium sized with plenty of meat on the bones.

  2. Start off by rinsing your meat under running water. Add meat to a large pot or Dutch Oven. Cover Meat with about three inches of water. Bring water to a boil. Skim the foam from the meat once foam forms. If necessary remove meat, clean pot and add fresh water.

  3. Add cover to pot and reduce heat to simmer for about 1-1/2 hours. After simmering for 1-1/2 hours the meat should be tender. At this point add your canned green beans, white potatoes, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes, until beans and potatoes are tender.

  4. Cook your rice according to the package instructions.

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Serve your neckbones, green beans and potatoes on a bed of rice with corn bread. Again, this recipe will work well with pork neckbones, as well as beef neck bones.

Enjoy your NeckBones, Green Beans, Potatoes and Rice.

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