Pork neck bones Southern style… This pork neck bones recipe is seasoned to perfection and fall-off-the-bone delicious. The rich flavor in this recipe makes it impossible to think these neck bones are such a simple recipe. Not a lot of time is needed. You will be licking your hand’s fingers and chewing the pork bone. Believe me this soul food recipe is that good!! I paired this recipe with my delicious southern fried cabbage and my good old white rice—enough of all the talking. Let me show you how to cook neck bones! This is my definition of southern-style cooking.


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  • What are neck bones?
  • Neck bones ingredients
  • How To Cook Neck Bones?
  • Variations/ Substitutions
  • How To Store
  • How To Reheat
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What are neck bones?

Pork neck bones come from the neck of a pig. In southern-style cooking, you will find that a lot of folks eat pork neck bones, which come from the pig. Neck bones are an inexpensive cut of meat so that you won’t have any regrets there.

You will also love the taste of them. The taste of the meat is somewhat like oxtails, short ribs, or shank. We all know how good those recipes are! Enough of my yapping let’s get back into this neck bones recipe. Here are a few other delicious sides to enjoy with these season neck bones. Collard Greens, brown gravy, cabbage and neck bones, and southern cornbread.

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Neck bones ingredients

  • Neck bones- What would this recipe be with the delicious pork neck bones. You will want to make sure you have a large pot for cooking them.
  • Onion-The onion is put in this recipe to give your meal a ton of flavor. You don’t want to skip out on the onions when cooking neck bones and red pepper flakes(optional).
  • Garlic powder- Enhances the flavor of the pork neck bones while at the same time complimenting the other seasonings such as seasoning salt, black pepper, and onion powder.
  • Garlic Clove- Helps lock in all the flavors.
  • Seasoning Salt-Flavor enhancer. A little bit goes a long way. This helps lock in the flavor when boiling the neck roast
  • Black pepper- Will add a little bit of spice to your meal.
  • Onion powder– Neck bone is already pretty delicious by itself but add onion powder will help enrich the taste.
  • Chicken broth- You can use chicken broth are beef broth. The broth will help bring in tons of flavor, once neck bones boil.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar-I know you are probably like wait a minute what. Yes, apple cider vinegar make these pork neck bones become tender even quicker.
  • Flour- Thickens the gravy from the pork neck bones.

That’s it. You are just a few ingredients away from licking your fingers.

How To Cook Neck Bones?

1) To begin, make sure you clean your meat thoroughly to get clean water on that final rinse. Using lemon and vinegar is a great way to do this.


2) You first want to start off by boiling ( medium-high heat) your neck bones in apple cider vinegar to the recommended cooking time. This will help remove any dirt. You will know when they are done once the soap-like bubbles start to form. Pour off the water.

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3)Turn your stove to medium-high and add chicken broth to neckbones. Season the chicken broth mixture with all of the recommended seasonings.

4) Next, add in your chopped onions and 1 chopped garlic clove and butter.

5) Once the liquid begins to boil, whisk in a dash of flour to help thicken. Place a lid onto your neck bones, then turn your stove to medium-low and allow to simmer for 2 hours or until you are able to stick a fork through meat.

***I have 2 Versions of this recipe. One is a stovetop and the other is slow cooker. Full recipes below.

Variations/ Substitutions

  • ​Neck Bone Soup- These neckbones can also make a delicious neckbone soup recipe that will blow your mind. All you need to do is simple add carrots, celery, or any other vegetable you would like to add to get the perfect neck bone stew!
  • ​Beef Neck Bones– If you are not a fan of the pork neck bones and they aren’t apart of you calorie diet, simply add the beef version of these neck bones. Beef necks are sometimes hard to find depending on the source of the traffic that comes through your local grocery store . They are sold at different individual retailers. You can even get them delivered for a delivery fee of course.
  • ​Smoked Pork Neck Bones- Again, if you don’t want the regular neck bones try using different cuts of meat such as the smoked version. These have a ton more flavor that the whole family will love.
  • Cajun– Spice up this dish by adding in a ton of spices such as Cajun creole seasoning.
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How To Store

After they are to room temperature, transfer them to an airtight containers for storage. This will help them to last for up to 4 day in the refrigerator. Alternatively you can freez them for a period of 3-4 months..

How To Reheat

If you want to reheat your neck bones add them to an oven safe dish and allow them to warm in the oven for 1 minute or until it reaches your desired temperature.​

Common Questions

​Where to buy pork neck bones?

Neck bones/ are readily accessible in the majority of grocery stores. In case they are not available there, explore butcher shops or specialty stores such as Asian markets.

Are neck bones healthy?

In moderation neckbones make for a healthy food to consume since they provide protein, vitamins, and minerals

Should you clean neck bones?

Washing neck bones with water is crucial to remove any impurities such as dirt or blood that may be present on them/.

How to cook neck bones?

Cooking neck bones has to be amongst one of the easiest southern meals it is out there. In addition, to that the majority of the meal is literally you boiling the meat as I mentioned above.I know there are other methods to cooking your pork neck bones, for example. Some people cook them in a crockpots or the pressure cooker. Here is my method to cooking a delicious plate of southern food!!

Last Updated on June 17, 2023 by Ronalyn Alston | Published: July 14, 2022