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Southern Style Pig Tails Recipe
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Southern Style Pig Tails

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"A lot of ethnic recipes use pig tails. They are great as a meat dish with turnip greens, black-eyed peas, or boiled cabbage. My recipe cooks the tails, twice and the result is a crispy crackling covering the tail, that you can eat or save for crackling in cornbread. The crushed red pepper can be used liberally for a spicy taste. Be sure to buy pig tails that have a lot of meat around the upper part."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Place the pig tails in a large stock pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, and clean the pot of any debris, then return the tails to the pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil again, and season with onion, red pepper flakes and salt. Boil for about 2 hours, or until the tails are almost falling apart.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  3. Drain the pig tails, and place them on the roasting pan. The stock from the tails may be used to cook turnip greens, cabbage or black-eye peas.
  4. Roast the tails for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tails pop and sizzle and the skin browns. Take care when opening the oven door. Allow the tails to cool, and serve with your favorite side dishes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 12, 2008

Thank you, I always cook pig tails. Only after the boiling point, let cool and remove all bones. I add a package of baby lima's, a large chopped onion,one tsp. garlic and black pepper. Cornbread goes great. I usually freeze a couple containers and serve as a side for another day.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 03, 2008

I wasn't sure what to do with the garlic so I boiled it along with the pig tails. The pig tails came out exactly the way they did in picture, however the meat had no taste. I am not sure how to improve the taste.


12 Ratings

Nov 25, 2005

Great idea, I'm from the Caribbean and we stop at the boiling part, this is an awesome recipe there should be more recipes like this.

Oct 01, 2007

Great Recipe, I served it with turnip Greens and Cornbread. I submitted a pic so look for it to be up sooon

Nov 28, 2008

Very good!! High in fat so dont make it a regular habit but they are awesome. I sprinkled a little cajun seasoning on them before i put them in the oven and i couldnt stop eating them although i knew i should!

Jul 28, 2014

I've been cooking pig tails, for close to forty years, in a similar fashion; though I usually add a bit more seasoning, and as soon as they are fork tender, transfer them to a roasting pan with my favorite bbq sauce. I then let them cook for an additional hour, in the oven, to get completely tender, with a nice bbq glaze. I also usually add some fresh ham hocks to the mix, to be served up with my favorite soulfood sides: cole slaw, mac and cheese, collard greens and skillet cornbread. If you really want a treat, and can find them, try using smoked pig tails to season a pot of blackeyed peas, or pinto beans.

Nov 15, 2007

I've never had pig tails before.I see them in the store and a friend makes Stone Stew and includes them along with some other "stuff". I think I'll have these along with my blackeyes and collards for New Year's Day. Keryne, you're a true Nubian Soul with your recipes. Keep them coming!

Apr 12, 2013

I even added EXTRA seasoning but it was still flavorless;despite that it was strangely ok


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  • Calories
  • 408 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 126 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 35.3 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 608 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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