When John and Mary Rudolph founded our company in 1955, their vision was to make quality snacks that everyone could enjoy. And they knew it couldn’t be just any ordinary snack. It had to have the flavor that stood out from all other snacks. They also knew that to be successful, they needed to make a snack for the working man … a full-flavored pork rind snack. Today, this “everyman’s snack” has grown to be an “everyone’s snack” and true to our heritage, quality and flavor still go into each bag of our pork rinds, cracklins and wheat snacks.
We’d like to invite you to something near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs), the Pork Rind Heritage Festival on June 8th and 9th just down the road from our home Office in Lima, Ohio. Join in on the fun … It’ll be a friendly place to relax, play and of course, eat the freshest pork rinds around.
For more than 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to our country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations has grown to become one of the nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays.
Here are 4 things to do on Memorial Day to pay tribute to America’s heroes and celebrate the start of summer:
There just might not be a better place to spend the weekend than experiencing the country’s largest Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC. Arrive early with a bag of pork rinds to get a seat.
Host a barbecue
After the parade, invite your family and friends over for the season’s first cookout. There’s nothing more exciting than firing up the grill (or the smell of lighter fluid and burning charcoal).
Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for our country by visiting a local veterans’ cemetery by placing flags and flowers to place on the graves.
Thank a veteran
Organize your neighborhood kids to write thank you cards to veterans across the country — or better yet, send a care package to active troops (don’t forget the pork rinds).
At Southern Recipe, we believe Memorial Day should become something more than just the first cookout of the summer or watching the Indy 500. And although we love celebrating an extra day off, we are proud to honor all who have sacrificed so much for our country.
It’s National Salsa Month, so it’s only fitting that we move on from all those soggy-artificial-flavorless salsas you pick up at the local convenience store. Fresh is the name of the game, so we’re sharing some of our most unique salsa recipes that complement our award-winning pork rinds. Everyone knows rinds have a built-in scoop that’s perfect for dipping.
Try these salsas for your next party:
1. Cowboy Dip:
Whether you’re on a cattle drive or commuter drive, this is the perfect salsa recipe to dip Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds when the day is done. Saddle up with this easy recipe … Yippee-ki-yay!
2. Mango Bango Salsa:
Your mouth will do the tango with this fresh mango salsa recipe. Hey, mon … when you dip ’em with Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds you bring the flavor of the islands to any party.
3. Spicy Dill Salsa:
Who said you couldn’t use the great American pickle as an ingredient? Looking for a way to spice up your burger? It takes just one spoonful. So, yes this is a big dill (sorry about that). Pork rind of choice is our Salt & Vinegar flavor.
4. Bacon and Greens Salsa:
Nothing goes better with our rinds than bacon. In fact, pork rinds have long been called crunchy bacon bites. Try this unique salsa with Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds or anytime you are makin’ bacon.
What more can we say about mom? She was in labor for [insert hours] when you were born, now it’s your turn to repay her with gratitude. (Now doubt we love moms. Check out our family matriarch here.) Change up Mother’s Day with these 4 ideas that will be a joy for mom and you.
Hit Up the Dive Bar. Unconventional, but remember mom wasn’t always, well mom. She got out and enjoyed life well before you were even a thought. Tip: fill up on a high protein Southern Recipe Original pork rind snack before hitting the town.
Pull out a long lost memory. Share a fun – or funny – memory. Find that first-grade photo with the bad haircut or reminisce about the time she chauffeured you around on that awkward first date. Reliving the memory will bring joy to mom, and yes a little embarrassment to you.
Don’ts: a) don’t get her something that she hates (for example, if she hates to vacuum, don’t get her a new vacuum cleaner). b) don’t fight with your family on her day. Crunch on some Bar-B-Que rinds instead of your siblings. c) don’t forget to at least call, no matter how old you are, you still are her little baby.
Ok, all you Pork Rind Lovers let’s go old school with an outdoor activity you may not have done since you were a kid. Let’s have a picnic!
First step is to plan ahead and check the forecast. The whole point of going on a picnic is to take advantage of the great outdoors, so choose your spot on a day when the weather doesn’t “rain” on your day.
Second step is to follow the following packing list:
A comfortable blanket to sit on (stay away from the old blanket that you found in the trunk your of the car).
A cooler for items that need to be kept cold (well, you do need to ice down the libations). Freeze bottled water or lemonade and use as ice packs to keep the leakage down.
Packing your goodies – You don’t need to get an old-fashioned wicker basket (do they even make those anymore?), but use something sturdy for a carrying case.
As for food, you don’t need to go overboard. Keep it simple, premade sandwiches, boneless chicken, fruit and multiple bags of Southern Recipe Pork Rinds (you were wondering when we were going to add them).
Plastic storage containers and plastic storage bags. These items keep the spillage down while also keeping food separated and fresh.
The question is … why isn’t National Beer Day on the same day as National Pork Rind Appreciation Day, also celebrated on the same day as the “Big Game”? There’s nothing better than eating pig skins while tossing around the old pigskin, and there’s nothing like a refreshing beverage while watching the Big Game.
But really, who doesn’t like to partake in a cold one with a bag of Southern Recipe pork rinds or pork cracklins? In honor of this special day, we thought it would be a good idea to pair up some of your favorite rinds with a few different beers.
American Light Lager, Blonde (the beer not the barmaid) or Amber Lager pairs well with pizza, pretzels, shrimp and Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar rinds.
There’s no reason we can’t extend the fun we have on April Fools’ Day beyond just one day.
Here are few classic pranks that never go out of style (just be aware, you know what they say about paybacks).
Take yellow onions and dip them in melted chocolate or caramel to make them look like candied apples. Don’t forget to sprinkle chopped nuts on top. Make sure you have plenty of Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que pork rinds on hand to offer as a peace offering!
Rubber band the kitchen sink sprayer handle so that it immediately sprays out as someone turns on the faucet.
Leave a note on a friends’ car apologizing for scratching/denting their car (don’t forget to disguise your handwriting). They’ll go crazy looking for the scratch.
Change the language on your colleague’s computer – they’ll think their company is part of a corporate takeover.
Hard boil all the eggs in the refrigerator and place them back in the carton.
When finished with your favorite Southern Recipe Pork Rind favor, take the empty bag and fill it with a different pork rind brand, carefully seal the top and offer to your friends. What?!? Now, we’ve crossed the line – that’s just cruel!
Let’s get ready for the hoppiest (sorry about that) holiday around … Easter! Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or bringing a dish to the in-laws, we have the ultimate recipes to “rind” out the day.
Fried Green Tomatoes
A southern classic with a crunchy twist! Using pork rinds will give the tomatoes a crunchy texture and a savory flavor that will make any mouth water. Find a delicious recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes here!
Shrimp and Grits
So good, you’ll swear the shrimp are pork’s swimming cousin. Try our recipe for Shrimp and Grits here!
Cheddar is always better when you add pork rinds to the mix. Give this recipe a go for Cheddar Biscuits and impress the family!
National Chip and Dip Day is fast approaching and we think it’s time to skip the chip and change the name to National Rind and Dip Day. Forget about those thin potato or bland tortilla chips, when you need a hearty scoop to handle these dips, you need the almighty pork rind.
Try these big, bold, hearty dips, and you just might skip dinner.
March on rind lovers, it’s time to bust your bracket with some foolproof (with emphasis on fool) tips. Let’s have some fun and forget all about the stress of picking the final four or hoping your team gets out of the first round.
Forget about picking from the gut or using science to pick the winners in each bracket and use our tips to see how well you do this year.
Round One: My mascot is meaner than your mascot
Pick your teams by which mascot would win in a fight to the finish. No, we mean the real animal-type mascot, not the freshman stumbling around in a paper mache head. Here at Southern Recipe, we think the University of Arkansas has one tough mascot (Go Hogs).
Round Two: No brainer
This round we’re going to make it easy on you. Pick the team that has the most wins during the regular season. If both have the same number of wins, pick the team that has the higher seed in the tournament.
Round Three: Vacation spot
Find the city where the college resides then pick the location you would like to visit on vacation. Lafayette Indiana vs. Miami Florida may or may not be a tough decision for you, but we guarantee you’ll know where each college town is located.
Round Four: Spin the color wheel
Pick your teams based on the team colors that you wouldn’t be caught wearing at son or daughter’s wedding. No counting for style, you just may pick some winners when the conservative side takes over your bracket.
Final Four: With a nickname like that …
Pick your teams based on the best sounding player nicknames. Scout? Not so good. Cracklin? Much better (well, we do like the rind names).
Championship Game: I like you best
For the final game, we want you to pick the most likable coach. Ok, putting differences aside, there’s got to be something you like about one of these guys. Think of it this way, which one would you most like to sit down and have some Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds and a cold beer with? There, that wasn’t so bad.