Braised Pork Neck (or Chops)

October 8, 2012 in Categories: , , by

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Neck bones?  Really?  Yes!  Not only are they extremely cheap (some butchers/meat farmers will even give them to you for free), but when cooked low and slow, they are tender and very flavorful.  What if you can’t find neck bones?  This recipe would be just as good with some bone-in pork chops (4 good size chops would be a good substitute). Serves 3-4 (depending on how meaty your bones are).


  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Cut carrots into large 2” chunks.  Cut onion in half and then cut each half into four wedges.  Peel and core apples and cut into large 1” chunks (I got a dozen pieces per apple).
  3. Grind fennel seed in a spice grinder or Magic Bullet.  Combine with nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.  Rub over pork to thoroughly coat.
  4. Heat 2 Tbsp cooking fat over medium-high heat in a small stock pot or extra-large oven-safe frying pan (if you have a Le Creucet, even better!).  Add ginger slices and cook 3-4 minutes until browned and fragrant.  Remove ginger (unless you love big ginger chunks).
  5. Add pork to oil and brown on all sides (you may have to do this in 2 or 3 batches), adding more cooking fat if needed.  Remove browned pork from pan and set aside.
  6. Add onion and carrots to pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more cooking fat if needed.  Add pork back to pot (nudging pork in between carrots and onion).  Add wine to pot.  Add apple to the top.
  7. Cover and place in the oven and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes (add an extra 15 minutes if you are using pork chops instead).
  8. Enjoy!


Hi Sarah! I was wondering if you have time to respond to emails with specific dietary questions? If you do, you can either email me your address or find me on Facebook (I subscribe to your updates). Thanks! Laurel (Klimkowicz) Klingensmith

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Dave K Napa, CA

I made this for dinner last night using bone in pork chops…delicious! I love how the recipe and cooking steps are so simple yet because of the spices it tastes like a complicated exotic dish!

i honestly wasn’t expecting this recipe to be awesome but it is!! i had a couple of lbs of pork neck bones sitting in my freezer for broth but i’m glad i was able to get a dinner out of it!! i absolutely loved the warm “sweet” flavors of this dish. the meat was so tender. i had to cook it for 1 hr 40 minutes for the meat to get softer but it came out great!

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