Chitlins – Strange Southern Food


If you are not from the southern part of the United States, you may be wondering what are Chitlins.  Chitlins are pig intestines, which are boiled and then eaten.

I have lived in the South for 29 years, but I have never eaten Chitlins.  I also don’t plan on trying it.

I admit at times I do weird and crazy things.  However, I have my limits and chitlins do not fall within those limits.

What are some weird things people eat where you live?  Let me know in the comment section below.


35 thoughts on “Chitlins – Strange Southern Food

  1. A delicacy in the North here is Tripe and if the description alone doesn’t put you off, you’re a remarkable person.
    Beef tripe is usually made from the muscle wall (the interior mucosal lining is removed) of only the first three chambers of a cow’s stomach: the rumen (blanket/flat/smooth tripe), the reticulum (honeycomb and pocket tripe), and the omasum (book/bible/leaf tripe). Abomasum (reed) tripe is seen much less frequently, owing to its glandular tissue content.

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  2. Davy D says:

    Another great Northern dish (in the UK) is Black Pudding. A concoction of onions, pork fat, oatmeal all held together by blood (usually from a pig). Tripe and black pudding a wonderful meal.

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  3. I would totally try this! 😀 Not certain I would like it, but you never know, right? In general I am fine with organ meats and even had grilled sheep intestines in Japan once which tasted just fine, just a little chewy.

    I don’t think Estonians eat many odd things. My family eats many organ meats like liver, hearst, lungs etc… but I’d say younger kids these days would not be fine with those. Perhaps one weird thing could be blood sausage that is our traditional Christmas food.

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  4. Black-eyed peas and hog jowls – yuk – not for me. And I am pretty sure that I won’t be eating any of those “Chitlin” things either.
    Same goes with raw oysters – yuk!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I grew up in New Orleans. My family and I moved to Seattle in 1973. Ever since then, the two Southern foods I missed the most are grits, and biscuits & gravy.

    I’ve never tried chitlins – not here, not there. I’m in no hurry to try them.

    Biscuits & gravy is starting to become popular around here. In fact, there’s a biscuits & gravy restaurant down the street from my office. Very few places serve grits – and if they do, it’s instant. I’ve never seen real grits in the grocery store.

    What’s suddenly becoming popular in Seattle is poutine, the Canadian plate of French fries, cheese curd and gravy.

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  6. Although I’m vegetarian I have heard of this and it is disgusting. During my meat-eating days I was very picky about what parts I ate. Eating animals is one thing but I think it is even more disturbing to eat any part of an animal that is not considered the norm.

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  7. Soul Food!! I grew up eating Chitlins’. My Mom cleaned and cooked them really well. Delicious with Hot Sauce. My mother was from Dayton, Ohio. We also ate pig feet or trotters as Southerners call them when I was a kid. When you grow up eating certain types of foods you don’t think it is strange. As you get older you travel, meet people from other cultures and try different types of foods. When I was in the US Army stationed in Augsburg, Germany I ate wiener schnitzel, warm potato salad, schnapps, etc.. When I went to Spain on vacation many years ago I tried squid/octopus. Very tasty!

    Now I do my best to stay away from Porky Pig and his relatives. Thanks to high blood pressure I rarely eat pork except for maybe a slice of ham every once and a while.

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    • My father was in the army and I grew up in Mannheim, Germany. We lived there from 74-78 and from 80-87, so most of my childhood was in Germany.

      I grew up eating schnitzel, warm potato salad, and other such foods. I love the stuff.

      In 1987, we moved to Alabama. I was a teenager at the time, so it took me a few years to get used to the foods here.


  8. My husband and I are visiting Lyon, France, right now and the food is incredible…but you better be careful when you order at a restaurant! You might end up with some tripe sausage or veal head…and I am not nearly daring enough for that!


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