Hawg Jowls

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We really lack great charcuterie in Augusta, but some things are readily available and probably overlooked. Take the hog jowl. If you are lucky, you can find some fresh and braise…a fancy restaurant would label these “pork cheeks”. More often than not, you will find them cured and smoked. Basically, a smoked version of the Italian delicacy guanciale (classically, the cut used for carbonara).

Pictured is a crispy bit of jowl in my version of carbonara. The jowl has a wonderful porky flavor and a slight gaminess that you will love in dishes where the pork isn’t meant to star. Substitute rendered jowl for lardons in beef burgundy, or for the ham hocks in collard greens, or in bean dishes, or in…

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