Pudding and Souse Recipe

Every Saturday in Barbados, you will see signs displayed island-wide advertising freshly made Pudding & Souse. It is not to everyone’s taste as it is made from various parts of a pig, but those who try it, love it.

Please find details below on how to make this much loved Barbadian dish.

You will need:

  • Two large mixing bowls
  • Two large saucepans
  • Grater
  • Pork – any part that you like, Bajans use the head, tails, and feet!
  • Sweet potato
  • Limes
  • Sweet peppers
  • 2 Onions
  • Scotch bonnet red peppers
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Cucumber
  • Chives
  • Oil
  • Sugar
  • Butter


  1. Whatever part of the pig you have decided to use, you need to clean it and boil it in saltwater as described above.
  2. To make the pudding, you grate the sweet potato into a mixing bowl, add a pinch of sugar and salt, add 2 oz of butter, 2 tsp of oil, chop the chives and thyme and add to the bowl.
  3. Grate two onions and add half to the bowl; save the other half for the pickle. Now set this bowl aside to absorb the flavor while you prepare the pickle.
  4. To make the pickle, you need to grate the cucumber and sweet peppers.
  5. Now chop up the parsley. Then taking great care, usually wearing rubber gloves, slice up half a scotch bonnet pepper into tiny pieces. Wash your hands immediately, and do not touch your eyes; scotch bonnet peppers can burn the skin.
  6. Now add your remaining onion to the bowl and then squeeze lime juice and salt into your mixing bowl with the cucumber, sweet peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, and parsley.
  7. By now, your pork should be cooked, so drain off the saltwater and now sprinkle it with lime juice.
  8. Now go back to your pudding mixture, put it in a greaseproof oven dish, and bake in the oven until cooked.
  9. Then serve with the pork and souse.

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