Killer Pork Backbone Recipe

August 26, 2020

We love our recipes that use unpopular cuts of meat. They aren’t necessarily the most sought after cuts, but they tend to be the most flavorful and the most cost-effective. Right now especially, due to covid-19, we are selling out of the popular cuts very quickly. So maybe it’s time for your family to venture out and try one of these under-appreciated nuggets of gold!

This pastured pork backbone recipe is one of our absolute favorites. The backbone consists of small pieces of bone surrounded by a large amount of flavorful, succulent meat. When cooked low and slow, the result is fall-off the bone tender goodness with the perfect fat to meat ratio. This dish is excellent served over rice.

braised pork in dutch oven

Braised Pork Backbone (serve with rice)


2 tbsp olive oil or other cooking oil

2 pieces (~1.5-2lbs) pastured pork backbone

1 onion – diced

3 gloves garlic – minced

1 – 28oz can diced tomatoes

2 cups pork, beef or lamb broth

1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

salt & pepper to taste


Pre-heat oven to 325F

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat

Season backbone pieces with salt and pepper and brown on all sides

Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant

Add vinegar, fish sauce, broth, tomatoes, and salt & pepper.

Cover and cook in oven for 3 hours.

Serve over rice

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Have you tried this recipe? What do you think?

Rachel Palma

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