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Backbone and Rice recipe, printable recipe, as seen on Taste of

Pork Backbone and Rice

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Pork
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making this old Southern favorite of Pork Backbone and Rice. Just a few simple ingredients are all you’ll need to complete our super easy recipe. It’s a great way to take advantage of the low price of pork backbone, and stretch it out into a great family meal.



  • 3lb Pork Backbone, sliced
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Bacon Grease
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of Sage
  • 1 cup Rice, uncooked
  • 6 cups Water


  1. Dice the onion.
  2. Place a 6 quart pot on Medium-heat on your stove top.
  3. Add the bacon grease.
  4. Add the onions, sauté until onions are slightly translucent.
  5. Add the backbones. Brown slightly on all sides, about one minute.
  6. Add water.
  7. Add salt.
  8. Add black pepper.
  9. Add apple cider vinegar.
  10. Add sage.
  11. Bring mixture to a slight boil. Cover. Reduce to Medium-low heat.
  12. Simmer on low heat for about 45-60 minutes, or until meat can be easily removed from the bone.
  13. Add the rice.
  14. Cover pot and simmer another 15 minutes.
  15. Remove from heat. Leave covered and let rest for 5 minutes.
  16. Serve warm.
  17. Enjoy!

Keywords: Pork Backbone and Rice Recipe, backbone, rice, southern recipes, made from scratch, soul food