How To Clean And Prepare Pork Neck Bones Before Cooking

Pork neck bone (cervical vertebra) is the part of the hogs bone structure
that goes from the top of the neck bone to the shoulder.

It is known as the muscular and sinewy part in the neck of pigs.

Although neck bones have a small amount of meat on them, when being simmered
for a considerable amount of time, they can add rich flavor to broth and sauce
due to the minerals pulled out of nutrient-dense bones.

Also, many people find joy in eating the meat on these bones.

That meat is not only good for you, but also tastes really exceptional!

 In this article, we will show you how to clean the pork neck bones,
how to clean them thoroughly and things about neck bones that you need to take
note of.

Should You Clean Pork Neck Bones Before Cooking?

Every ingredient needs to be cleaned before we proceed with cooking, either
by washing under the running water or boiling it.

Cleaning the pork neck bones not only reduces the bacteria that might exist
on the surface of the piece of bone.

But also makes sure the bacterial harmful bacteria on any cutting utensils are washed away.

How to Clean Pork Neck Bones?

Tools You’ll Need for Cleaning Pork Neck Bones

  • Colander
  • A knife
  • Dutch or large boiling pot
  • Ginger, onion and other kinds of herbs and spices


Time needed: 25 minutes.

There are only some simple steps to follow in order to have a clean pork neck bone:

  1. Step 1: Cleaning & Washing

    Place the neck bones in a colander or a big bowl and pour the cold running water on it to remove any dirt, cartilage, fat or blood on it.
    You can also use a knife for removing the tough part of fat or cartilage.

  2. Step 2: Rinsing the neck bone

    After that, rinse the neck bones quite well with water and drain it.

  3. Step 3: Different cooking methods require different cleaning steps.

    – If you want to make broth, then adding ginger and onion during the simmering process to increase the rich flavor as well as help to reduce any excess left (skim the foam on the surface of water).
    – If you want to season and cook it with the slower-cook, then boil it for 10 minutes to remove scum, discard cooking water and rinse the pork again.

Other Things to Know About Neck Bones

  • Bake: season the neck bone and bake it for 2 hours
  • Tonkotsu broth: simmer the neck bones for many hours to create creamy broth for your ramen
  • Southern style: cooking it with rice and beans
  • Kamjatang: cooking it with potatoes and cabbage


Pork neck bones come with 2 states: raw neck bones can be found in the local butcher or markets, smoked neck bones can be sold online or in the supermarkets.

Pork neck bones are not only inexpensive but also easy to work into a number of dishes, and full of flavor and nutritious, due to a list of vitamins and minerals it provides: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, B vitamins, etc.

We hope that the tips above will probably give you good advice in cleaning and cooking whole dishes!

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