Cooking Chitlins in Your Crock Pot

published by Guy Hogan on Apr 21, 2011

Chitlins were always a special treat.

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My father, may he rest in peace, came from the deep South in the US, not always a friendly place for a black man in the early part of the 20th century.  He was born in Florida.  Mom and the rest of us were born up North.  He would tell the rest of us about eating hog mogs and gator tails. 

Chitlins was something else that he ate.  Chitlins are often associated with black culture, although they are also very much a white Southern meal, too.  Chitlins, also known as chitterlings, are the small intestines of pigs.  As a kid I loved eating chitlins.  I loved eating chitlins so much as a kid that it always seemed like a special occasion when Mom served them.

The meal would usually consist of greens, potato salad, chitlins, hot corn bread and butter milk.  Oh, and there was plenty of hot sauce for the cut up chitlins.  You can’t eat chitlins without hot sauce.

There were plenty of cut up onions and tomatoes for the greens and butter for the hot corn bread, too.  Dad would also put asparagus on his greens.  I hated asparagus.  Aspargus is slimmy.

The chitlins would come in ten pound buckets.  The most important part of preparing the chitlins was cleaning them.  Chitlins have a lot of fat and grit in them and they have to be cleaned well.  The fat had to be pulled off and the chitlins had to be thoroughly cleaned two or three times to get all the grit and whatever else was in them out of them.  And wow did they stink up the whole house.  A ten pound bucket would yield five pounds of clean chitlins.  Mom taught me how to clean the chitlins, and I was often assigned to clean the chitlins.  I didn’t mind.  I was the oldest son and it obviously meant Mom thought I was the most responsible.  Yes, I was a Mama’s Boy and I’m proud of it: mother’s little helper.

In those days there were no crock pots, or, at least I didn’t know anything about a crock pot; but today, once your chitlins are clean just throw them in the crock pot, cover them with water and let them boil until they are tender and throw eating healthy out the window for at least one day.

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18 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by dloriginal
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    That sounds so interesting. Thank you

  2. # 2 by Roe2115
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    The last time I had chitlins I was fifteen. My mom used to make them with collard greens, blackeyed peas and hot water bread.

  3. # 3 by CHIPMUNK
    April 21st, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    This sounds good

  4. # 4 by Cyni1106
    April 21st, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    always wanted to try chitlin\’s I will now thank you

  5. # 5 by prasul
    April 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Good one :)

  6. # 6 by ashan1614
    April 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I could never get past the smell – the rest of my family eats them though. :)

  7. # 7 by webseowriters
    April 21st, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    nice idea

  8. # 8 by Jimmy Shilaho
    April 21st, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I had never heard of chitlins nor did I know that some people eat pig intestines, a very enlightening share.

  9. # 9 by quiet voice
    April 21st, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    …Takes me back to my early days with my grandmas on the farms in Georgia. Add a little onion, pepper, vinegar and we’re good to go. Perfect meal you laid out there. Thank you for the memory.

  10. # 10 by LoveDoctor
    April 21st, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Although I have to say that chitlins looks awesome in the picture, I don’t think I can eat it after you mentioned that they are the small intestines of pigs. As far as gator tails, no way either. you should start your own restaurant business.

  11. # 11 by Val Mills
    April 21st, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow, what a wonderful story about your younger days. I’d never heard of chitlins, so that was really interesting.

  12. # 12 by Ruby Hawk
    April 21st, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I live in the south and have heard of chittlins but have never eaten or seen them, not even in a grocery store. Sounds like your mom was a good cook. I love the greens and corn bread.

  13. # 13 by lapasan
    April 21st, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    This chitlins seem delicious.

  14. # 14 by SharifaMcFarlane
    April 21st, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    The idsh is associated with good memories.

  15. # 15 by Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx
    April 21st, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Dude, can you fed ex me some?

    If you like chitterlings, try tripas tacos if you have a authentic mexican food place in PA.


  16. # 16 by Jerry Bradford aka Jerry Atrixx
    April 21st, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    buche or pig stomach is good too. Aka hog mawgs in soulfood speak :-)

  17. # 17 by PR Mace
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I’m a white Southern girl and my Mom use to make chitlins but I never liked them. Maybe I could eat them if cooked in a Crock Pot but I don’t think I want to try them again. Too many bad taste memories.

  18. # 18 by yes me
    April 24th, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    New one on me Guy cheers

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