Why is it called chitlin circuit?

Asked by Jennifer Davis on September 15, 2021

Categories: Food and drink Barbecues and grilling

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The name derives from the soul food item chitterlings (stewed pig intestines); it is also a play on the term "Borscht Belt", which referred to particular resort venues (primarily in New York State's Catskill Mountains) that were popular with Jewish performers and audiences during the 1940s through the1960s.

Why did slaves eat chitterlings? African-American slaves prepared food from the meat scraps of their owner's butchered livestock. One such piece of offal was chitlins, or pig intestines. But chitlins came to represent more than sustenance. During the era of Jim Crow laws, they were a code.

Who invented chitlins? Chitlin's as well as bacon and other pig meat were given to slaves as the leftovers. However, it is important to note that eating Chitlin's and_other animals intestines were not invented by slaves or even in America at all.

When did the chitlin circuit start? 1930s

Can chitterlings make you sick? Chitterlings can be contaminated with the bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause a diarrheal illness called "yersiniosis." Other foodborne pathogens — such as-Salmonella and E. coli — can also be present, so it is important to follow safe food handling practices to prevent infection. Q.