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In the White Trash cookbook I just got ("White Trash Gatherings - From scratch cooking for Down-home entertaining" ~ which I highly recommend by the way, and which reminds me quite a lot of my own home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) there is a recipe that calls for "a large slug of salt fatback"... My dad told me they were ham hocks, which I got years ago and actually threw up from the fact they still had hair on them (which I only realized after cooking my beans with them) ... er, right then.<br><br>
What is fatback and where can I get it?? The recipe looks delicious otherwise ~ a big pot o' beans meant to go with a large pan o' cornbread... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">:<br><br><br>
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I think it's the same as "salt pork" which you ought to be able to find in a large grocery store. If not, I'd use bacon and/or bacon grease.<br><br>
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ITA w/ VK that salt pork and/or bacon grease will work here.<br><br>
I think fatback is a different cut than salt pork. And I think salt pork may be cured where fatback isn't. But salt pork is readily available in grocery stores, and both cuts are very fatty, which is what you need for your dish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
One thought if you go w/ salt pork -- you may want to go light on the salt til you can see how much salty flavor the salt pork imparts.<br><br>
I made a big pot of white beans last week just using some bacon grease & the fat from a (very fatty) pastured pork roast, and it worked out fine. Happy cooking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think fatback is a different cut than salt pork. And I think salt pork may be cured where fatback isn't. But salt pork is readily available in grocery stores, and both cuts are very fatty, which is what you need for your dish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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You know, that is the difference (the curing). After I wrote that post I started to question myself, but figured they'd be close enough to use interchangeably.<br><br>
As Emeril always says, "pork fat rules!" and it's especially good w/beans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Phew! Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I asked at the butcher today and they all looked at me like I was crazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
Good thing bacon will work, I almost always have some on hand... I'm a freak for bacon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I think lots of grocery store "butchers" get their meats pre-butchered to the extent that they probably don't ever see the fatback, as it's not a popular cut and is used in other applications/processed foods.<br><br>
A local hog farmer or small-scale butcher/processor/abbatoir could hook you up, I bet.<br><br>
But using bacon's a good bet, too. Oh, bacon -- is there anything you <i>can't</i> do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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