Follow step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to fry up some good old Southern Hog Jowl. Often referred to as Pork Jowl Bacon, it’s not just for New Years Day. We’ll show you how easy it is to slice it for frying, or to use it as seasoning in lots of your favorite beans and greens side dishes.
- 1 lb. Hog Jowl, smoked and cured
- Using a sharp knife, slice the jowl into desired thickness strips, like bacon.
- Part of the jowl can be cut into hunks for seasoning of beans and greens.
- Wrap any sections for freezing in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil.
- Place wrapped sections in a Ziplock type bag and place in freezer for use later.
- Heat a skillet to just below Medium heat on your stove top.
- Place the slices of jowl in the warm skillet.
- Turn jowl slices as needed, to prevent burning, and cook until fat is translucent and browned.
- Remove from pan, place on paper towels and drain.
- Save remaining grease from skillet by placing in a container and storing in refrigerator.
- Use leftover grease just as you would any type of bacon grease for seasoning and cooking.
- Serve the cooked hog jowl slices while warm.
Store sections of hog jowl in the freezer to add to your next pot of beans or greens. Jowl may be frozen then thawed prior to adding to Pinto Beans, Butterbeans, Black Eye Peas, Collard Greens and more. It makes a great seasoning meat for most any type of beans and greens. Leftover grease, after cooking the hog jowl, may be used like any other bacon grease for added flavor.
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