Chitterlings are part of my childhood memories my mom and sister both taught me their recipe, my version is a combination of both. The smell reminds me of getting ready to go to my Auntie or my Momo house.
My little sister, Dionne Miller, has taken over making my family’s annual Christmas Chitterling cooking and has twerked my Mama’s original recipe some, but they are still delicious. Nowadays, people from up from either hearing the word “Chitterling” complain of the smell, and lots of people have turned away from pork entirely.
But there are still some of us who love this delicacy, and we continue to cook Chitterlings to remind ourselves that our ancestors made the worst pieces of the meat thrown to them taste delicious, and now 5-star restaurants serve them.
When slavery was legal in America, slave owners commonly fed their slaves as cheaply as possible. At hog butchering time, the best cuts of meat were kept for the master’s household, and the remainder, such as fatback, snouts, ears, neck bones, feet, and intestines, were given to the slaves.
Many Black Americans have discarded Chitlins because of its tie to slavery.
“We can now eat what we want.” Are our thoughts. While eating Chitlin’s was very popular in the early 1900’s they have been reduced to a ritual that some adhere to for family traditions but have been slowly taken out of our regular meals. Source:http://portlandobserver.com/news/2014/jan/08/chitlins-slave-food-delicacy-black-american-kitche/
We cook chitterlings every year, but we eat them once a year unless someone requests them. Plus, it’s a tedious job to properly clean Chitterlings, and I’ve been doing it since I was 5 years old. I think it’s fun sitting at the table with a family member with a towel under your elbows catching all the drippings while we talk and have cocktails. Whoever would be able to clean, peel the bad part off a long piece would have bragging rights, and it was typically me.
So, don’t frown up or say Chitterlings are nasty. At one point in life, our ancestors had no choice but to turn scraps into a delicious meal after the slave owners had them butcher the aminals, keeping the best cuts of meats for them and giving the slaves remainder which was the pig snouts, ears, neck bones, feet, and intestines.
Chitterlings are now hashtagged as soulfood.
Grab a bucket and have some fun with the kids pulling the intestines apart just to get a feel and taste of how our ancestors experienced. I say don’t knock it till ya try it, and honestly, chitterlings do not smell bad as people claim. I have smelled much worse cooking in my years.