Distinction’s Recipe of the Day

Photography by Russell Stafford (RWStaffordJr.com)
Southern Distinction presents a new recipe every day from one of our sponsored restaurants of the week! This week we present Chops & Hops from Watkinsville, Ga. along with other sponsors including Striplings General Store,  Tom Homann Pottery, Fire to Flavor, Southern Brewing Company, Hillside Orchards,  The Veggie Patch, and The Olive Basket.

Crispy Pig Ears

By Chops & Hops and Tom Homann Pottery

Ingredients: Pig Ears

.2 pig ears (Striplings General Store)
1 quart of pork stock
1 Tbsp. Asian rub (Fire & Flavor)
¼ cup buttermilk
1 egg
½ cup Chops and Hops seasoned flour


  1. Bring pork stock to a boil.
  2. Add pig ears and boil for about 20 minutes.
  3. Simmer on low for 2 hours.
  4. Remove and cool down.
  5. Thinly Julienne pig ears.
  6. Whisk egg, buttermilk and Asian rub together (and toss pig ears in).
  7. Dredge in seasoned flour and fry in canola oil at 350 degrees for about 2 minutes until golden brown and crispy

Bumpin (Southern Brewing Company)
pairs well with this dish.

Ingredients: Sriracha Honey

.2 Tbsp. Raw Wildflower Honey (Blue Haven Bee Company)
2 tsp. Sriracha
Pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until well combined.

Ingredients: Buttermilk Ranch

.¼ cup of mayo
1 tsp. of fresh diced thyme and rosemary (The Veggie Patch)
½ tsp. of fresh lemon zest
1 tsp. of fresh diced parsley (The Veggie Patch)
2 Tbsp. of buttermilk
½ tsp. of fresh lime zest
1 tsp. of fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until fully incorporated.


Owners Patrick & Mychell Lang and Andrew & Jessica Wallace have created the perfect combination of upscale and casual putting a southern twist on menu items such as the Southern Charm and the Fried Green Tomato Tower. Also, because of their southern hospitality, when you dine at Chops & Hops, you immediately become part of their family. The owners are there on a daily basis and make a point to build relationships with their patrons. “Our guests often compare us to the sitcom Cheers – where locals meet to eat, drink, relax, and socialize.”