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XTRA: Red Boudin

Red boudin, also known as boudin rouge or blood boudin, is a fading tradition in Acadiana. Only specially-licensed slaughterhouses are allowed to produce this generations-old delicacy. Babineaux’s in Breax Bridge, Louisiana, is one of the last commercial makers of red boudin in the area. Here, we offer a short photo essay to illustrate their process.

FAIR WARNING: You are about to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the workings of a slaughterhouse. If the sight of blood isn’t on your list of things to see today, maybe you’d like to listen to Rodney Babineaux talk about his family’s tradition of making red boudin.

All photos are by Sara Roahen.

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Pigs at Babineaux’s Slaughter House.
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Readying for the slaughter.
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The pig that gave its blood for Babineaux’s red boudin.
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Fresh pig’s blood mixed with salt (to prevent coagulation).
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Singeing the hair from a dead pig.
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Boiling the butchered pig.
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Rice for the red boudin.
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The rice cooks beside the pork, over a gas flame.
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Separating the meat from the bones.
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Passing the pork through a meat grinder.
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Peelings onions that will also pass through the meat grinder and be mixed with the ground pork.
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Mixing the ground pork with the cooked rice.
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Straining the pork stock, which will be mixed into the pork-rice mixture.
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Adding dried seasonings to the boudin mix.
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Mixing the pig’s blood.
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Natural pork casings.
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Filling the casings with the red boudin mixture using a pump driven by water pressure.
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Uncooked red boudin.
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Cooked red boudin (L) with regular boudin (R) from Babineaux’s Slaughter House.

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