38 Best New Year’s Soul Food Recipes

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Are you looking for a delicious, soulful way to bring good luck into your life this New Year? 

Then start here with this Black folks’ New Year’s soul food menu!

 

New Year’s Soul Food Recipes

 

What traditions do Black folks have on New Year’s Day?

Black folks, especially in the deep South, insist that good luck on New Year’s day starts with a man being the first visitor to come to your door. 

Not a woman. 

I dunno why? 

But my mother-in-law tells a heart-warming and nostalgic story of her neighbor, Mr. Frank, who made his annual 7 am round to ring her doorbell every New Year’s Day.

Like a good neighbor, Mr. Frank intentionally made it a point to be the first person to greet her at her door. “Happy New Year!” he’d say to usher in the Southern tradition of good luck!

Mr. Frank did this for years. Even after my mother-in-law moved out of the same neighborhood.

He continued to usher in good luck for her all the way until the year he passed away.

 

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African-American New Year’s soul food traditions

More Southern traditions include starting the New Year with a prosperous meal. For Black folks, that begins with black-eyed peascornbreadcollard greens (or mix ’em both with rice for Hoppin John), and ham or pork jowl.

 

Black Folks Southern Hoppin John Recipe
Black Folks Soul Food Hoppin John Recipe
Black folks' Hoppin John is black-eyed peas, collard greens, and rice with Southern soul food flavors. An African American New Year's tradition and comfort food recipe.
Check out this recipe!

 

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Why do African Americans eat black eyed peas?

Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s supper tradition enjoyed by many Southerners and Black folks with the idea that this meal will usher in prosperity for the New Year. 

Legend has it that the Union Army came across standing fields of black-eyed peas before Sherman’s March, winning the Civil War. After that, black-eyed peas became a symbol of abundance and emancipation for African Americans freed on New Years Day post-war. 

 

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But, unfortunately, this story is more fanciful than fact. Juneteenth history reveals many truths about our ancestors’ emancipation taking much longer.

 

Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas
Southern Black Eyed Peas
Soul food Southern black eyed peas are intensely flavored in a thick sauce with smokey & spicy seasonings. Warm, comforting, & flavorful good luck you can eat for prosperity in the New Year!
Check out this recipe!

 

Why do people eat pork jowl on New Year’s Day?

While pork jowls are used in meals and recipes throughout the year, this dish is highlighted on New Year’s as a deep South tradition, especially among Black people. 

Legend believes that pork on New Year’s will usher in good fortune and prosperity since pigs forge in a forward direction. So the wish is for the New Year to move you forward too! 

Some folks even believe that the bigger the pig (the more pork you eat on New Year’s), the fatter your purse will become – like the pig!

 

Black Folks Pork Jowl In The Air Fryer
Black Folks Pork Jowl Bacon In The Air Fryer
Pork jowl or hog jowl is a Black Folks soul food staple served on New Year's Day with black-eyed peas, cornbread & collard greens.
This recipe is a contemporary soul food recipe for pork jowl. A new twist on an old classic, cooked quicker, easier, and still to perfection in the air fryer!
Check out this recipe!

 

38 best New Year’s soul food recipes

Black Folks Pineapple Glazed Ham
Black Folks Pineapple Glazed Ham
Black folks are famous for our sweet ham glaze recipes, especially with pineapple and brown sugar. So you may know this Black folks soul food recipe by other names like pineapple ham, pineapple baked ham, or pineapple and brown sugar ham.
No matter what you call it, it's the same beautiful and delicious glazed ham recipe masterpiece!
Check out this recipe!

 

Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage
Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage
Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage is pressure-cooked & enriched with intense flavor. Tender seasoned meat with buttery rich cabbage is a Southern comfort food favorite!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Instant Pot Smoked Turkey Legs
Black Folks Instant Pot Smoked Turkey Legs
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Black folks Instant Pot turkey legs are an easy alternative to a whole turkey. A welcome addition to your Southern soul food Thanksgiving menu!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe
Black Folks Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe
What is a soul food collard greens recipe?
A Black folks collard greens recipe is the quintessential dish of any Southern soul food dinner.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Homemade Cornbread
Black Folks Southern Homemade Cornbread
Black folks homemade cornbread does not use a box mix. Instead, cornmeal is used to make this Southern skillet cornbread recipe from scratch.
Check out this recipe!

 

Coconut Rice
Jamaican Coconut Rice In The Instant Pot
Make quick & easy Jamaican coconut rice in the Instant Pot!
This fluffy Caribbean rice pressure cooker recipe cooks in only 4 mins!
Check out this recipe!

 

Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Black Folks Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Cornbread is best served the Black folks' way! With Sunday soul food dinners and Thanksgiving staples like fresh cranberry sauce, Southern-style green beans, and homemade stuffing. 
Give your next meal the Southern comfort it deserves with this warm, sweet, and flavorful recipe!
Check out this recipe!

 

Cornbread Recipe With Corn
Southern Cornbread Recipe With Corn
This cornbread recipe with corn is my go-to for a soul food Thanksgiving menu, Christmas dinner, and Sunday Southern dinners all throughout the year!
You’ll never want another dry slice of bread again!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Black Folks Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Black folks cornbread dressing recipe is a Southern dish you shouldn’t miss on the soul food Thanksgiving menu. It's easy for anyone to make!
Check out this recipe!

 

Cranberry Sauce Cornbread Recipe
Cranberry Sauce Cornbread
A sweet soul food cornbread and fresh cranberry sauce treat!
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Black Folks Southern Oyster Dressing Recipe
Black Folks Southern Oyster Dressing Recipe
This classic deep South dressing is made with homemade cornbread, herbs, vegetables, and fresh or canned chopped oysters. It has everything a seafood lover looks for, plus the savory soul food seasoning you come to expect from a Black folks dressing recipe.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Creamed Corn Pudding Casserole
Black Folks Creamed Corn Pudding Casserole
This Southern creamed corn casserole has a sweet corn flavor with onion and garlic for a rich, savory, soul food taste. Add sour cream for a creamy melt-in-your-mouth pudding and parmesan cheese for the cornbread crust.
Check out this recipe!

 

Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
This old-fashioned Southern cornbread dressing recipe is a classic deep South dish with a delectable blend of sage-infused homemade buttery-rich cornbread, onions, celery, thyme, and rosemary with savory chicken broth and egg.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
Thanksgiving means Southern soul food, made by our grandmamas, mamas, and favorite aunties. A meal we’ve waited all year to eat!
One Southern dish that you shouldn’t miss this Thanksgiving is Black folks chicken and dressing. 
Check out this recipe!

 

Southern Cornbread Dressing With Gizzards
Southern Cornbread Dressing With Gizzards
When the whole turkey or chicken wasn't available, soul food cooks made good use of all the chicken parts.
They made Southern cornbread dressing with gizzards, saving the Thanksgiving Day dinner!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe
Southern Cabbage Recipe The Soul Food Way
A Black folks' Southern cabbage recipe is a delicious way to enjoy one of the South's favorite side dishes that's warm and sweet with savory soul food flavors!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Potato Salad Recipe
Black Folks Southern Potato Salad Recipe
Black folks Southern potato salad recipe is a must-have for any African American cookout, family reunion, picnic, or potluck! It’s a creamy yet tangy dressing balanced by soul food seasonings and flavors. AKA Black cookout potato salad! 
Check out this recipe!

 

Best New Year’s soul food drinks

Black Folks Moscato Sangria Recipe
Black Folks Moscato Sangria
Black folks like sweet recipes, so it's no wonder that we've signed on for this fruity and often sparkly Italian wine. And like we always do, started creating our own Black folks' recipes - like moscato sangria!
#BlackFolksSwag
Check out this recipe!

 

Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Apple cider hot toddy - Nothing speaks holidays like the nostalgia of sweet treats in a cozy, warm setting shared with family and friends. It’s a foundation for creating the best traditions and memories. After making
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog
Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog
Creamy and sweet, Black folks' homemade eggnog has a flavor profile that resembles cinnamon, coconut, and rum. Southern comfort spice eggnog and soul food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)
Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)
A creamy, exotic, and delectable drink awaits you! 
Step up your cocktail game with this beverage that features a creamy texture and a rich flavor profile. Perfect for impressing your guests. Hennessy coquito will add soulful swag to any event or occasion!
Check out this recipe!

 

Favorite soul food recipes for New Year’s brunch

What Is Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits?
Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits Recipe
The secret ingredient to Black folks shrimp and grits is the Southern Creole sauce!
Typical to soul food and Black folks cooking, the seasonings make each recipe like none other. 
It's all about the spices and the special sauce.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe
Black Folks Southern Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe
Southern fried chicken and waffles recipe is the perfect pair for a delicious and soulful breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! 
This recipe includes a beautiful marriage of juicy and tender Southern fried chicken and fluffy, buttery waffles with a delicious twist of sweet and spicy syrup for a delicate kiss of sweet heat. 
Check out this recipe!

 

Soul Food Cornish Hens
Soul Food Cornish Hens
This soul food Cornish hens recipe is made the way Black folks season and prepare chicken, so it's moist, juicy, and full of flavor!
The only thing these little birds lack is less fat and fewer calories compared to chicken!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
What are Black folks tea cakes?
An African American Southern dessert, Black folks tea cake is a sweet little biscuit. Light, airy, and sometimes compared to soda bread or pound cake. Tea cakes are a traditional African American treat that dates back to the 1600s.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs start as hard-boiled egg yolks mashed. Then they're seasoned to perfection and stuffed into the egg whites for a delicious and flavorful appetizer! 
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Peach Cobbler Recipe

 

What are the best New Year’s soul food desserts?

Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding
Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding
Are you looking for an old-fashioned Southern bread pudding or a soul food African American bread pudding recipe?
Then look no further than this Black folks' Southern bread pudding - your easy go-to recipe!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
This soul food dessert and the darling favorite of the South is loaded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a light and airy cinnamon sugar crust. A cobbler so delicious, you may want to eat it all. All by yourself!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Southern Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is considered to be soul food of the South!
A Black folks' Southern red velvet cake is a made-from-scratch decadent red sponge cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. A cake that's just sweet enough to be irresistible!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
Black folks' Southern pecan pie recipe is an old-fashioned African American soul food classic that yields an abundance of sweet flavor with each bite.
Brown sugar is combined with a syrupy pecan filling, caramelized, and then baked.
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Southern Banana Pudding
Black Folks Southern Banana Pudding
How to make banana pudding the Black way
You'll never be able to look at other banana pudding the same way once you've tried this soul food delicious delight - Southern banana pudding prepared the Black way!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding
Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
This chocolate banana pudding recipe is as quick and easy as the original soul food banana pudding recipe.
You simply add an additional layer of chocolate pudding and crunchy buttery Nilla Wafers for pure chocolate bliss!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
A Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe is a delightful Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert packed with flavorful seasonings and spices in the tradition of Black folks’ soul food cooking. 
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
New twist on an old classic: Introducing Black folks purple sweet potato pie recipe!
Same but new - incredible soul food flavors with a regal purple hue!
Check out this recipe!

 

Southern Sweet Potato Pie With Cream Cheese
Southern Sweet Potato Pie With Cream Cheese
Similar to our original Black Folks' Sweet Potato Pie, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is made with fresh sweet potatoes and soul food spices and seasonings. 
But for this recipe, it's the Southern charm added to the pie after it bakes...
A thin layer of homemade cream cheese frosting is spread on top to savor the sweet taste of Southern hospitality!
Check out this recipe!

 

What do you think of these New Year’s soul food recipes?

Do you have different New Year’s food traditions?

Which entrées from this New Year’s soul food menu will you add to your feast?

Leave your answers in a comment below!

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Black Folks Pork Jowl Bacon In The Air Fryer

Best New Year’s Soul Food Recipes | Black Folks Pork Jowl Bacon

Pork jowl or hog jowl is a Black Folks soul food staple served on New Year's Day w/ black-eyed peas, cornbread & collard greens.
This recipe is a contemporary soul food recipe for pork jowl. A new twist on an old classic, cooked quicker, easier, and still to perfection in the air fryer!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Servings: 16 pieces of bacon
Calories: 231kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bacon thick slices
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (1 teaspoon if you like it hot!)

Instructions

  • Mix together the brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Cut the bacon strips in half for a proper pork jowl size to better fit in the air fryer.
  • Then lay the bacon out on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Generously drizzle the maple syrup over the bacon strips.
  • Next, spread a generous amount of the brown sugar seasoning on the bacon.
  • Transfer the bacon to your air fryer basket or air fryer tray.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees F for 8-9 minutes (8 minutes for soft bacon and 9 minutes for crunchy bacon).
  • Place the cooked pork jowls on a paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet to cool for about 5 minutes. The bacon will continue to get crispy as it cools.
  • Repeat the above steps until all the bacon is air-fried, as it’s not likely that it will all fit in the air fryer in one batch.
  • Serve Black folks pork jowls with cornbread, collard greens, and black-eyed peas or Hopin John, and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your air fryer basket or tray, you may need more than one round of air frying to cook all the bacon.
  • After the cooking time has finished, you can air fry in 1-minute increments until you’re satisfied with the crunchiness. 
  • You can crumble jowl bacon with crispy skin to make bacon bits!
  • Be sure to let the slices fully cool. This will allow the caramelized sugar to harden. 

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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