Chitlins are also known as chitterlings so you may see them labeled either way in stores. Boiled or fried, chitlins are used in cornbread, stews or just as a side dish served with greens, beans or other vegetables.
This recipe provides the complete cleaning procedure which you should follow closely.
If you prefer fried chitlins, go to our fried chitlins recipe HERE
Regardless of frying or boiling, you should clean the chitterlings as follows:
1. Soak your pork chitlins in cold water for 15 minutes.
2. Using your hands, one by one gently roll the chitterlings open in your hands. Use a knife and your fingers to remove any remaining fat or foreign matter from inside the chitterlings.
3. Place the chitterlings in a large pot of plain water, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and bring to a rolling boil. Then remove from heat immediately.
4. Pour the chitterlings into a strainer and run cold water over them.
5. Repeat the cleaning process in step two again
Boiled Chitlins Recipe
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 45 mins
Yield: 12 servings