Black Pudding and Hops

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Black Pudding and Hops is a long awaited post for many and it hasn’t come any sooner. For this post I’ll have to regress a bit and explain how black pudding was made long time.

Our Tradition of Trinidad Black Pudding

For almost a year, piglets would be kept in pens until they are big enough for slaughter around Christmas time. That was a joyous occasion to have a little pork on the table. Fed scraps from the table along with feed, the pigs matured quickly in time for Christmas.

When the pig was killed nothing was wasted. The feet were used for souse, the head was roasted and skinned even the tongue was cut up and cooked. As for the other parts, they were cut up and shared among the neighbours in the village; with the pork belly especially prized by women to make pastelle.  Then, of course among other things made from pigs, we come to pudding…

Making A Tasty Black Pudding

As soon as the pig was slaughtered and the blood started spewing out, it would be caught in a basin with salt added to prevent clotting. The pig’s intestines would be washed out with a hose, turned inside out and prepared for the blood, which would be further seasoned with fresh herbs such as chadon beni and of course the main ingredients for this, chive.

Yes, chive is the main man in this recipe because of the taste it imparts on the pig’s blood. Other ingredients include bread crumbs, onions, celery, parsley, cinnamon and perhaps a little pepper to taste. I remember once eating some black pudding from down Madras (in Trinidad) made with massala in it. Tasted very nice! Actually salivating thinking about it lol!

After the intestines were filled with the blood they would be tied into sections and boiled. Special care were taken during this process since the gut had a tendency to burst if it came into contact with the pot. To solve this problem a bit of straw was placed at the bottom of the pot.

When the pudding was ready it would be stored away until needed. For its preparation it would be fried and served by itself or with our popular hops bread. And, here is where we come to what I was doing one morning for breakfast

Black Pudding And Hops Recipe

No need to wait until Christmas morning to have some black pudding and hops anymore.  As you would see from the pictures below.  I really had a ball… the pudding was already spicy, but I still added some more pepper and dressed my hops bread with lettuce and tomatoes – not too much because I just wanted to taste that spicy black pudding above everything else.


Black Pudding


1 pk black pudding
Hops bread
Lettuce washed and separated
Tomato sliced
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Pepper to taste
Toothpicks, optional
Olives, optional

Black Pudding
Black Pudding
Wash the black pudding. Set aside.
 Wash the lettuce and slice the tomato. Set aside.
Cut up the blacking pudding into bite size pieces (about 1 1/2″)
 Heat the oil in a pot
 Then add the pudding to fry.
 Add more pepper if desired.
Make sure the black pudding is thoroughly cooked on both sides.
Add to hops bread. Dress with lettuce and sliced tomato of whatever you may desire.
Stick olive on top of bread using a toothpick.

Note: When the black pudding is cooked it turns to a dark red to black colour as seen in the picks.

So, how did it taste? What? You don’t eat black pudding? OK! Well, just send me your plate of black pudding and hops bread and I’ll show you what to do with it lol!! 😀

Coming up next …..something with vigour and vitality to wash all that black pudding down…and is not Sea Moss. I wonder what it is hmmm!

Keep on guessing for a while hahaha :-)

Ah gone. :-)

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  1. says

    Waaaaay, look my childhood on a plate, lol! Felix my dear, I tip my hat to you. I haven’t eaten black pudding in years, and I do miss it. This brings back memories of my Granny and me waking to Tocopeak Bakery on the Western Main Road on a Saturday evening where a little fellow used to sit in front of the bakery and sell it for $5. We would get some, plus our hops bread and Granny would fry it up for our tea that very evening. Thanks so much for posting this! *huge, happy grin*

  2. says

    You’re welcome Halcie. For me this also brings up a lot of memories ….Curepe..Friday night on the Southern Main Road…right where Digicel is by the corner now. Two women used to set up shop there with their pitch oil stove on full blast while they fry never ending coils of pudding. It was line fuh so but I didn’t mind waiting because I wanted ah $10.00 pudding, slight pepper with some of the scrapings from the middle of the pot.Then it was off to St Mary’s Bakery to buy a quart of hops…Those were the days :-)

  3. says

    I love black pudding, in Guyana it is stuffed with cooked rice and blood. Felix, I would wish that you stop reading my mind on things. I have been drafting an article that I am writing on my memories of eating black pudding. Damn you for always beating me to the punch (lol)

    Have to definitely try some Trini black pudding the next time I am in your neck of the woods.

  4. Quint says

    Well Felix,

    Thanks for torturing me with the article! Can you really post this without giving those of us who live in the States a clue as to where to get black pudding? You are not a nice guy! 😉

      • FREDERICK PEDRO says

        I like your style of cooking and recipes, however, when I was about 16, that was about 60 years ago, I knew a gentle butcher in San Fernando market, who made and supplied “black pudding” to some of the top hotels home. (my brother was his apprentice). Why was his black pudding real classy???

        I would like you to try this easy incorporation to your method, then tell me :

        (1) use beef blood. or a mixture of beef and pork bloods.

        (2) (I know it is sometimes the habit of adding ‘chopped up’ pork fat), however, try adding the ‘fat’ as a rendered liquid. no lumps needed.

        (3) together with the herbs you use, add a heaped tablespoon full per gallon of the ‘raw liquid blood/bread’ —- and this is what made Mr Sonny Thomas’s masterpiece—- ground SPANISH THYME.
        the rest is as per your thing
        I realize that it was more than 60 years ago but I have tasted black pudding from many countries. some of them has been rely great.
        I am still, Sincerely Honest when I tell you they are all a poor substitute, even for Charlie’s Pudding, which was made by his wife in Broadway, near where the cemetery is situated. —- and in my ‘humble estimation’, Sonny’s was the best.
        before all of the doubters ‘put a curse’ on me, do your self a favor and make it
        for yourself!!!
        Please, comment on your trial, effort and results.
        Now, was i right or what???
        Incidentally, we get black pudding at Wegman and Pricerite in Rochester, NY.
        It is not as seasoned as trini’ style, but I add my regular and spanish thyme together with any thing missing.
        wherever you are in Canada or US, try google: “where can I buy black pudding locally” will usually bring up an address.

        looking forward to more beautiful foods from the west indies.
        Freddy Pedro (originally from St Clements, Trinidad.

  5. joanne says

    You can call Charlie’s Pudding in La Romaine, San Fernando, they have family members who provide the pudding with the same Charlie’s recipe in both Toronto and New York.

    Charlie’s is is the Trinidad Yellow Pages. They will definitely hook you up.

  6. dc says

    Greetings Felix, its amazing the process you described from salting the blood, to seasoning the blood to placing it in the washed intestine….I wonder if you would ever recreate the actual process, giving the exact measurments of blood, salt and seasonings and method and posting it for us? :)

  7. Henry says

    From S.Kitts living in the U.S. this post was a sight to behold that takes me waaaaay back to my childhood growing up and eating Black Pudding and Goat Water. I’d never thought I’d ever see an actual recipe. But I remember my Granny used to make both Black Pudding and White Pudding (Without the Blood). I don’t think I can find this around where I live here in U.S.

    But as a kid I used to have to help kill some of our family Pigs and Cows as other animals. Used to have to hold the pan or basin to collect the blood when we killed the bigger animals so we could eventually use it to make the pudding. Used to be real spicy too as I watched my grandmother make everything. But I was a kid and didn’t pay all that much attention to the actual recipe of the Black Pudding. For variety she would also make some White Pudding since we had lots of stuff to use.

    Much Respect for having found an actual recipe to this as I never though I’d ever know the actual recipe. But I surely remember the process to some degree,

  8. Sam Feldman says

    I grew up. in Trinidad in the 1960’ parents were European World War 2 refugees and I was born in Venezuela.

    I remember, I was a little boy, going to the Savannah during the horse races betting 1 or 2 dollars on horses trying to pretend to be a big boy like my brother and cousins.

    my cousin talking to eat black pudding without knowing what it was. And I came to love it’s so much that I didn’t care that it was I live in the United States. I have no access to Trinidad black pudding. But, the Argentinian community here have brought us their version, Morcilla.

    I really avoid reading the labels because I don’t much care to read about blood. But I suspect that the Argentinian blood pudding is made with beef blood.

    And I still enjoy it as much as brings back beautiful memories of a beautiful island beautiful people and wonderful food.even today I still think of Trinidadians as being the nicest people in the world.

    • says

      Thank you Sam for sharing your food experience with us. I really like when people stop by and share their experiences to show how food memories can bring out deep experiences that we treasure for the rest of our lives. Thank you. :)

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