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Back Bones and Rice


Tags: comfort food, Country Cooking, southern

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 75 minutes
  • Servings: 8


  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 lbs sometimes called country-style ribs pork back bones
  • 3 cups raw white rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon or to taste salt

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In a stockpot, combine the backbones, onion, butter and seasonings. Add the water, bring to a boil, cover, and cook at a low boil for 40 minutes. Add the rice to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring well. Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat, add green onions, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until rice is done. Remove the bay leaves.