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Pork Neck Bones Recipe

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Our Pork Neck Bones recipe is a budget-friendly, hearty Southern soul food meal served over rice with cornbread. Prepared in a slow cooker, it’s an easy “set it and forget it” dish that’s full of flavor and rooted in down-home Sunday dinner traditions.

We are throwing it back to the good ol’ days with this Southern soul food recipe that’s close to Marrekus’ heart – slow cooker Pork Neck Bones Recipe.

Growing up, this dish was a Sunday dinner staple in his household. They’d make a big ol’ pot and serve it with creamy, butter rice, and a side of golden cornbread. It’s comfort food at its finest – simple, delicious, and always shared with loved ones.

Although his family traditionally cooked them on the stove, he decided to switch it up with this Crockpot version. This easy recipe isn’t about fancy ingredients or complex techniques; it’s about enjoying a hearty, flavorful meal without breaking the bank.

So, grab your slow cooker and embrace Southern soul food cooking with these Pork Neck Bones!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • TENDER – These pork neck bones are so flavorful and tender, they fall off the bone.
  • SIMPLE – It’s an easy recipe that you can set and forget for Sunday dinner. Pair it with your favorite sides for a complete meal.
  • FLAVOR – Delicious, soulful flavor from the meaty neckbones, onion, bell pepper, and seasonings.

What are neck bones?

Neck bones typically refer to the bones from the neck area of a pig, used in cooking for their rich flavor and the gelatin they release during cooking, which adds body to dishes. They are commonly used in Southern cuisine, especially in soul food recipes.

Pork neck bones are known for being flavorful and become tender and succulent when slow-cooked. The meat around the bones is well-marbled, adding to the overall richness of the dish. The connective tissues break down during the slow-cooking process, creating a flavorful broth and tender meat that easily falls off the bone.

We also have a smoked neck bones recipe that is often used in dishes like black-eyed peas, pinto beans, and red beans and rice to make a flavored broth for simmering the beans.

Where to buy

You can find raw pork neck bones at various places, including:

  • Local Butcher Shops: Visit your local butcher shop or meat market.
  • Grocery Store Meat Department: Many grocery stores sell them. Make sure you buy them raw.
  • Online Butcher Shops: Several online butcher shops now offer the convenience of ordering meat online. Look for reputable sources that provide high-quality cuts, and they can deliver to your doorstep.


  • Raw pork neck bones
  • Green bell pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Soul Food seasoning
  • Chicken bouillon powder (or bouillon cubes, Better than Bouillon, etc.)
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Water

Note: For an extra layer of flavor and juiciness, you can opt to brine the pork chops in a mixture of kosher salt, sugar, water, and ice before cooking. However, if you’re short on time or prefer a different texture, feel free to skip this step – the recipe remains delicious either way!

How to Cook Neck Bones

  1. Place raw neck bones in the slow cooker.
  2. Add sliced bell pepper and onion.
  3. Season with Soul Food Seasoning, chicken bouillon, smoked paprika, and Cajun seasoning.
  4. Pour enough water to cover the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until meat is tender.
  6. Serve with your favorite sides.

What to Serve

This pork neck bones recipe goes with a variety of simple side dishes:

  • Rice: Fluffy white rice is perfect for soaking up the flavorful juices.
  • Cornbread: Serve up some golden cornbread on the side.
  • Collard Greens: Sauteed collard greens provide a burst of freshness and balance out the richness of the dish.
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Creamy mac and cheese adds a comforting, cheesy element to the meal.

Commonly Asked Questions

How much water should I add to cover the ingredients?

The goal is to cover the neckbones and vegetables, but it’s recommended to start with a moderate amount and add more if needed during cooking.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftover slow cooker neck bones. Just be sure to cool it down before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.


Simple, budget-friendly, and full of flavor – this slow cooker Pork Neck Bones recipe is perfect for Sunday dinner. Serve them over rice with a side of cornbread for a complete meal.

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Pork Neck Bones Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main course
  • Method: slow cook, crockpot
  • Cuisine: southern, soul food


Our slow cooker Pork Neck Bones recipe is a budget-friendly, hearty Southern soul food meal served over rice with cornbread. 


  • 34 pounds pork neck bones (about 7 pieces), but it can vary based on how they’re cut
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Soul Food Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Water, just enough to cover


  1. Place neck bones in slow cooker.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion.
  3. Season with Soul Food Seasoning, chicken bouillon, smoked paprika, and Cajun seasoning.
  4. Cover with water and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until meat is tender.

Keywords: neck bones, neckbones, slow cooker neck bones, crockpot neck bones

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