The episode: “Riding with Death,” ep. 814
The riff: Said in a stuffy, offended tone by Tom as the hero descends from the stage in a honky tonk, ready to fight the man who said “that ain’t more than a bowl of chitlins” about his music. Note: At least I think that’s what the guy said, it’s hard to be sure.
The explanation: “Chitterlings” and “chitlins” both mean the same thing as far as cuisine is concerned: pig intestines. A traditional low-cost meat of the poor and working classes in Europe, chitterlings are also a historical component of southern soul food in America. They’re typically stewed for a long time to make them palatable–after being well-washed, of course. It makes sense that a family struggling to make ends meet during wartime would subsist on something like “chitlins.”
Novelty factor: You don’t watch as many episodes of “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern as I have without learning what chitterlings are, although in the American south it’s typically pronounced “chit-lins.” They’re even referenced during this soul food sketch by Key and Peele.