Pig feet have been a thing in the South for centuries. The fun thing about them is that they can be prepared in many different ways: pickled, fried, or smothered.


What are pickled pig’s feet?

Pickled pig’s feet are usually made in a jar, and pork is associated with Southern cuisine. Pig trotter, also known as the pettitoe, is another name for pig feet, originating from Germany.

Ingredients For Pickled Pigs Feet

  • Pigs Feet- You can purchase them from your local grocery store.  
  • Red Wine Vinegar- This gives the feet a pickled vinegar-like taste.
  • White Vinegar – To make pickled pork, you will ensure that you have vinegar to add flavor, tenderize, and make the perfect pickling solution.
  • Water – This is used to boil the pork.
  • Celery and Carrots– work well in the pork feet, making them the perfect recipe. The crunchiness and tangy texture work well together.
  • Seasoning- The seasonings are kept pretty simple with black pepper and salt.

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How to cook pig’s feet?

  • Wash and clean all the hairs off of your pigs’ feet.

  • Add water, salt, pepper, and vinegar to a stock pot.

  • Bring to a boil, then add the pig’s feet. Let boil until tender. They are done if you can cut the skin of the pick feet with a knife.

  • Pour the water off the pig’s feet and add them to a mason jar.
  • To the mason jar, add in the remaining ingredients, screw the top on, then place in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.


  • Large pot- make sure you have a pot big enough to fit all your pig feet.
  • Mason Jar- This will help to store the pickled pig’s feet.


I first want to start by saying that pork feet can last in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days, but when it comes to pig’s feet in a jar, it can last in the refrigerator for months because the vinegar and salt in the dish will preserve it.


  • Ensure you clean all the hair off the pig’s feet and remove the pig’s toe.


Where can I buy pickled pigs feet?

You can find meat year-round. I have never had an issue finding pig’s feet. You can buy them already premade or make them from scratch. I almost always find them at my local store. I love to get Walmart pickled pig’s feet. That’s the first place I would encourage you to look. If you can’t find them there, then you will want to visit your local meat market.

Pigs Feet

How do you clean pig’s feet?

Cleaned by running them under cool water, then brushing and scrubbing the hair away. You could also take a cooking torch and burn the hairs away. Next, you want to boil the pig feet to get the remaining hair off the bone.

How to eat pig’s feet?

You can boil them, bake them, or even slow-cook them. You can pretty much eat all parts except the toe.

What does pigs feet taste like?

Honestly, pig’s feet have a salty/sour taste.  It has a rubber-like texture when you bite into the pickled pig’s feet. Which still does taste amazing. Pig’s feet are like no other taste, but that’s not in a bad way.


Are pig’s feet healthy to eat?

Pork is naturally rich in fiber. Source AHDB.


Pickled Pigs Feet (How To Make Southern Style)

Pickled pig’s feet southern style. A southern cuisine that is filled with many flavors. Seasoned up, then tossed in a pot of piping hot water. Then the magic happens.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled pig feet, pickled pigs feet, pigs feet
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 119kcal
Cost: $10


  • 4 Pigs Feet
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • Water enough to cover pigs feet
  • 1 Cup Celery Chopped
  • 1 Cup Carrots optional


  • Wash and clean all the hairs off of your pigs feet
    4 Pigs Feet
  • To a stock pot add in water, salt, pepper, and vinegar
    1 Tbsp Salt, 1 Tsp Black Pepper, 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • Bring to a boil then add in pigs feet, let boil until tender. If you are able to cut the skin of the pick feet with a knife, they are done.
  • Pour the water off of the pigs feet and add them to a mason jar
  • To the mason jar add in the remaining ingredients, screw the top on then place in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.
    1 Onion, 2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar, Water, 1 Cup Celery Chopped, 1 Cup Carrots


Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 3556mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10698IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m making g these for a second time …they turned out just like the kind you buy, which I can’t find anymore….I didn’t use veggies or red wine…this time I’m trying pork chops I had in the freezer…thank you for sharing! Ron Smith Stockbridge mi

  2. So you put all of the vinegar in with the cooking water and stain all the water off. What vinegar goes in the jar to pickle it?