Sweet & Sour Pork Buttons

Pork button bones are something we buy every time we see them. We actually like them better than ribs. Nice part about them is they are really hard to screw up. Even just cooking them on a bbq works. The way we like them best is sweet & sour. I think a lot of people see them in the supermarket and have no idea how to cook them, so they don’t buy them. It is a shame because they are a super tender piece of meat. The way I do them is super simple, you can even use bbq sauce if you want. All you need is a sauce you like and you can change the recipe in multiple ways.

2 pounds pork buttons

3/4 cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

In a large bowl mix flour, salt, and pepper, place pork buttons in bowl and mix to coat with flour. In a preheated frying pan on medium heat brown pork buttons about 8 minutes on each side. Place browned pork buttons in a large casserole dish and set aside.

Sweet & Sour Sauce

1 and 1/2 cups vinegar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Place everything in a sauce pan and on medium heat bring to a boil whisking constantly. Pour the sauce over the pork buttons, cover and place in a preheated 325 oven, cook for 2 hours. Remove from oven and let rest uncovered for 10 minutes before serving.


About Graham Stewart

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3 Responses to Sweet & Sour Pork Buttons

  1. I have never heard of pork buttons. I don’t know what they are. What are they please?

    • When they trim back ribs for sale the end pieces they cut off are the buttons. The reason they call them pork buttons is because they are strips of pork about a half inch thick and about 3 inches wide at the widest and the bone when you take it out looks like a button. A lot of butcher throw them out, if you ask they will keep them for you.

      • Thanks. Good to know. I will ask the butcher to keep them for me so I can cook them for my husband. I myself have never eaten meat, but I cook meat for my hubby. I think he would like these. Also I love making good use of food that would otherwise be thrown out.

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