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Pork Backbone and Rice

Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork backbones
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked rice

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.

  2. Stir in rice; cover and cook over low heat 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is done. (Do not stir.) Fluff rice with a fork, and serve.

  3. Note: Pork backbones are also sold as "country-style ribs."