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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Rodney Babineaux


As purveyors of red boudin, the brothers Rodney and Larry Babineaux are the last of a dying breed in Acadiana. Also known as blood boudin, red boudin is made by mixing blood from a freshly slaughtered pig into typical Cajun white boudin filling. While the Babineauxs also sell an exceptional white boudin, for which they use the freshest meat possible, it’s the red boudin that truly sets them apart. It requires extra coordination to prepare, as a Louisiana State inspector must be present for the slaughter of all pigs whose blood is intended to enrich batches of red boudin. The brothers learned their trade, and their boudin recipes, from their parents (primarily their mother), who purchased the business in 1971 and only recently retired altogether. Rodney and Larry carry on their parents’ high standards of freshness, and also their Cajun heritage. It’s common to see an empty display case in the small market, because so much of the meat is cut to order; it’s equally common to hear Cajuns of all ages conversing with the brothers in French. Rodney didn’t even learn to speak English until he started elementary school.

Date of interview:
2007-07-24 00:00

Interviewer:
Sara Roahen

Photographer:
Sara Roahen

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