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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Have you ever had grilled Salt Pork – here is a recipe from the 1900s


Sometimes it’s fun to try old-fashioned recipes for the holidays. This is one from the 1900s. I haven’t tried it but I bet it is delicious.


Take quite thin slices of the thick part of side pork, of a clear white, and thinly streaked with lean; hold one on a toasting fork before a brisk fire to grill; have at hand a dish of cold water, in which immerse it frequently while cooking, to remove the superfluous fat and render it more delicate. Put each slice as cooked in a warm covered pan; when all are done, serve hot.

salt pork

More interesting and sometimes humorous solutions and old recipes can be found in the book  VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past    Now in paperback, makes a great gift!

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. George King

    This picture is not salt pork?

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      The picture is salt pork – just a leaner version according to Wikipedia –

  2. Jimmy A Pruitt

    That ain’t streak o’ lean that’s streak o’ fat.

  3. Streak of Lean or Streak of Fat, I don’t care what you call it, it sure looks good. Reading the article sure nuff made me hungry. Thank You Mrs. Causey for all of the great work on A.P.

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