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Gameday boudin balls

Boudin links are great. We all know that. But boudin balls are better, because as we also know, what pork and rice really need is to be deep-fried.

This weekend, as LSU fans across the state prepare for the game against Auburn, many of them will stock up on Cajun charcuterie’s greatest guilty pleasure. Whether you tote your boudin balls to a tailgate party in a grease-stained paper bag, or on a behemoth disposable platter gilded with parsley, boudin balls are the pinnacle of gameday finger food.


I fell in love with boudin balls all over again after I figured out how to make them for my book, Hungry for Louisiana, An Omnivore’s Journey, which includes a chapter on boudin lore.


My boudin balls with mayhaw dipping sauce. Recipe in Hungry for Louisiana, An Omnivore’s Journey.

But I still love to pick up a sack for myself, or a tray for parties and leave the frying to someone else. There are probably few things in life that are as bad for you as boudin balls (okay, maybe hard drugs or drunk driving), but you have to admit, they’re charming. Like rakish boyfriends you know you need to get rid of.

So for your weekend satisfaction, here are four sources for boudin balls in greater Baton Rouge. These spots are also well-plied with other Cajun meat products, including cracklins, links, jerky and smoked sausage. Stock up and enjoy, and let me know your favorite spots.

Benoit’s Country Meat Block
7151 Highway 1 South
(225) 749-3869
Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 8 am to 1 pm

Pork boudin balls are 6 for $4.99 and are sold in party trays of $25 (approx. 2 dozen) and $50 (approx. 5 dozen).

Bergeron’s Cajun Meats
760 LA Highway 415
Port Allen
(225) 338-0921
Monday through Friday 7 am to 6 pm
Saturday 7 am to 2 pm

Bigger-than-a-golf-ball boudin balls come in pork, seafood or pepper Jack, and are priced at .89 to .99 each. Can be ordered in any amount on a party tray.

Ronnie’s Boudin and Cracklins
9830 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge
(225) 216-7151
Monday through Friday 7 am to 6 pm
Saturday 7 am to 5 pm

Specializes in pork boudin balls. Price is 3 for $1.99 or 50 for $30.

Tony’s Seafood
5215 Plank Road
Baton Rouge
(225) 355-2172

Monday through Thursday 8 am to 7:30 pm

Friday through Saturday 8 am to 8 pm

Sunday 8 am to 7 pm

Pork, shrimp & crab or crawfish boudin balls in a diminutive size that encourages to eat lots. And lots. Price is a dozen pork for $4.80, or a dozen shrimp & crab or for $7.80. Available in party trays.



Bergeron’s larger-than-a-golfball boudin balls.

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