Many classic Southern recipes call for cured meats—or seasoning meats—to add flavor. Here are some of our favorite ways to use them.

Skillet Lima Beans and Turnip Greens with Salt Pork

Bright spring vegetables get a hearty upgrade with the addition of salt pork.


Warm Bacon and Tasso Potato Salad

The best of both worlds (boiled and fried potatoes), this warm salad is cooked all in one skillet. The potatoes become tender as the water boils of, leaving just the bacon drippings to add a crispy exterior.


Pickled Pork Tacos

We made the seasoning meat the star of this recipe. With a slightly sweet and salty flavor, pickled pork contrasts deliciously with the tangy homemade slaw.


Pinto Beans with Smoked Turkey

The addition of brewed coffee to this pot of smoky beans adds a robust flavor without a distinct coffee taste.


Smoked Sausage Cornbread 

This classic cornbread base gets flavor from pan drippings as well as chopped sausage baked right into it. Crumble some into a bowl of braised greens, and dinner is served.


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