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August 09, 2003

chitlins

Judging from what I read in the comments a few posts below, I conclude that some people don't know what "chitlins" are. Please allow me to enlighten you ignorant, citified yankees.

I've seen them packaged in a grocery store and the label always says "chitterlings." I never heard a person in my life who ever ate them pronounce the word that way. "Chitterlings," my ass. They are CHITLINS.

My family didn't eat chitlins when grandpa butchered a hog. We ate the "cracklins," which some people know as pork rinds today. That's deep-fat (lard back in those days) fried pig skin. Cracklin gravy is damn good when poured over biscuits for breakfast. Cracklins by themselves are good.

But chitlins are hog intestines, and I never ate them until later in life. The hog-guts were scooped up and taken to "nigger camp," (remember where I grew up) and they were sold for a nickel a pound, shit and all. They sold quickly, too.

Chitlins can be boiled, stewed or fried. I prefer them fried, but I've eaten them every way they can be prepared. I've heard about the different ways to "clean" chitlins. They can be hand-slung, stump-whomped or finger-squeezed. No matter how you do it, you've got to whip the shit out of them. Nobody want to eat chitlins with a stray hog-turd still lurking in there.

They taste pretty good. You oughta try some.

Comments

I've only had chitlins fried. But they were pretty good. I've seen them boiled, not too appetizing to me, at least to look at, but then there are a lot of things out there not to appetizing to look at and turn out, actually, to be pretty tasty.

Chitlins don't smell very good tho.

Posted by: Laura on August 9, 2003 06:28 AM

And Cracklin...is just, well, wonderful. You can still get cracklin served up some real BBQ places. I know of one in S.C. for sure.

My 8 yr old little darlin' loves it.

Posted by: Laura on August 9, 2003 06:31 AM

I'm speechless.

Posted by: Dawn on August 9, 2003 06:37 AM

Dawn, honey, sometimes it's best not to know what something is before you eat it.

Example, alligator is VERY good, especially fried, but our daughter would never have tried it if we had told her what it was. She doesn't know, and she loves it!

Lots of things taste like chicken...um, but NOT chitlins!

Posted by: Laura on August 9, 2003 07:49 AM

Ick!

And I thought the idea of tripe or tongue was disgusting.

Then again, the discussion of cleaning them, and selling them uncleaned, made it especially vivid.

Alligator I'd try.

Posted by: Jay Solo on August 9, 2003 07:57 AM

Hell no!

Posted by: serenity on August 9, 2003 09:27 AM

Ugh - no thanks.

Posted by: Kate on August 9, 2003 09:28 AM

Chitlins just never became mainstream. People eat boudoin and call it a delicacy, but they'd yell if they knew how it was made and/or what was in it.

Posted by: trish on August 9, 2003 10:09 AM

Yeah, what Trish said! If a food seems appetizing to me, I tend to just enjoy it without dwelling too much on the details of content and preparation.

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on August 9, 2003 10:22 AM

I tried chitlins once at a friends house. They were of the boiled variety. They were the stinkiest nastiest thing that I have ever eaten.

Posted by: Dennis P. on August 9, 2003 11:50 AM

Maybe in a casserole with okra, and covered with grits.

No, I'm not saying that's how I'd eat them, are you nuts!? That's the only way they could be more disgusting to me than what's already been described!

Posted by: McGehee on August 9, 2003 12:42 PM

Pass.

I'd rather eat ox tongue.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on August 9, 2003 02:59 PM

Skin off a turd.... and they smell like it

Posted by: oceanguy on August 9, 2003 08:52 PM

First off, if Solo hasn't had a tongue sandwich, he doesn't know what he's missing. Second, that's what you use to stuff sausage into, as casings, no? Like a good soprasaata, no?

Posted by: sama on August 9, 2003 09:27 PM

I'll be laughing over this one for days!! Here in NC, some folks call 'em hog bowels!! I've never tasted them, actually. If I'm still laughing this hard tomorrow, I may just blog about a real NC Hawg Killin'. Circa 1942.

Posted by: Indigo on August 9, 2003 11:47 PM

Chitlins are fine, as long as I don't have to be around while they are cooking.

Posted by: Kathy K on August 10, 2003 06:36 PM

I think this is something I will have to pass on!

Posted by: Jennifer on August 10, 2003 07:32 PM

Chitlins are the most delicate, tastiest part of the hog. I can eat them all day!! They are tastier than butter.

Posted by: King on October 11, 2003 03:55 PM

Chitlins are the most delicate, tastiest part of the hog. I can eat them all day!! They are tastier than butter.

Posted by: King on October 11, 2003 03:55 PM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:31 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

Sounds pretty freaky to me!! I'm gonna pass!!!

Posted by: jim on October 19, 2003 12:32 AM

if you have children in the future i pray they are all born dead. if you have children now, i hope they go blind. i hope a nigger rapes and tortures your worthless mother for giving birth to shit. have a nice day

Posted by: higger camp on December 10, 2003 11:31 PM

Chitlins or chitterlings are truly tasy!! We have them as a main dish for our family holiday gatherings.You just have to have the right person to cook them. I'm 37 years old and I've been cooking them for around 8-10 years. People underestimate me for not knowing how to cook them. However when they taste them thet are fascinated with the taste. I've seen several recipes for chitlins. However the main ingredients for mouth-watering chitlins are salt, celery, and onions.In addition, they must be cleaned thoroughly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: angie on December 31, 2003 03:39 PM

Never had them. I bought ten pounds and I am going to preboil them, clean them, and then deep-fat fry the bee jesus out of them. Then I really do not know what to do with them. If I like them, I will eat them. If not, the dog gets them.

Posted by: paul on March 18, 2004 09:01 AM

Haven't tried them yet either, but would if i were visiting someone who knew how to clean and prepare them properly.....

......otherwise, i'm sure they'd taste like SHIT! LOL

Posted by: Joejeweler on May 19, 2004 09:48 PM

Followup to previous post...........LITERALLY !

BTW.....always wondered how somone would know what "shit " tastes like? Seems to me they would have had to try some at some point.....

......and then i most certainly would not want to accept a dinner invitation !!!!

Posted by: Joejeweler on May 19, 2004 09:53 PM
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