Boudin is as meaningful to South Louisianians as gumbo. Hundreds of places sell it, and many of those who sell it also make it. A butcher-shop specialty that combines ground pork, rice, and spice inside a natural casing, it can be gently spiced or four-alarm hot. It is served on plates in some restaurants, however most locals buy it by the link or pound at the butcher or grocery store, where it comes hot from a steam box, ready to eat: at home, on a picnic table, or off the tailgate of one’s truck. An alternative to the sloppiness of boudin links, most of which demand a fork and/or lots of napkins, is the boudin ball, an egg-sized sphere scooped from the link and deep fried. A good boudin ball will crunch when bitten, the crisp surface cracking apart to offer two or three bites of moist sausage. For a taste of Louisiana’s passion for boudin, visit, a website devoted to rating boudin sausage.

Restaurants With This Dish

Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats


Rascal’s Cajun Express


Gumbo Shop


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Andre’s Cajun Cracklins | Best Roadside Boudin?




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One Response to “Boudin”

Jacqueline W

April 2nd, 2022

I love Boudin… however; I live in Reno,NV and it hard to find any Boudin at all. They is no place that sells Boudin here. Is there a place that can recommended for a home delivery 📦. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Or is there a recipe where I can make it at home?. The best Boudin that I had was in New Orleans,LA, on a trip there. I also fell. In love with Hog Head Cheese. Thank you for any information and delivery information that you can provide for me. Thank you 😊


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