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So Good, You’ll Skip the Chip

We all know why there’s a Pork Rind Appreciation Day, but can anyone tell us why there’s a Chips and Dip Day?!? It just doesn’t sound right! Here are eight reasons why pork rinds are better than chips:

1. The potato chip was first invented in 1853 while pork rinds go back to the Mayan culture 3114 BC – rinds have had so much more time to perfect the smoky flavors we all love.

2. Pork rinds have 1/3 less fat than chips.

3. Pork rinds have fewer carbs – in fact, the almighty rind has 0 carbs.

4. Pork Rinds have a natural bacon flavor (well, of course!), while the Starch King has a sprayed on “bacon” flavor.

5. Pork rinds hold up better than the delicate chip – in fact, we have a built-in handle to scoop more dips and salsas.

6. By using crushed pork rinds in recipes you’ll add a bacony flavor that you’ll never get with chips.

7. Pork rinds are gluten-free – use crushed rinds in place of flour to make you pizza crust recipe … mamma mia.

8. On Pork Rind Appreciation Day,  we donated to the charity Gridiron Greats gave more than 500 prizes away to pork rind lovers, with the Grand Prize winner taking home $2500 plus a year supply of our pork rinds. What did you do, King of the Dud Spud?

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Bust Your Bracket, Not Your Waistline

Fact: Most Americans will double their daily calories while watching their favorite (or not so favorite) college basketball team play during March Madness. The average round ball watcher will consume 2,400 calories per game! And, when you add up games watched in rounds one and two, that adds up to … well, we don’t want to do the math … but you get the picture.

Hey, we know it’s hard to stop munching – especially, when you have a bag of Hot & Spicy rinds in front of you and your brackets are constantly going bust – but we have two tips to keep your waistline in check from tipoff to final buzzer.

1. It’s called “distracted eating.”  Researchers found that people who are preoccupied with something (like the 3-pointer at the half time buzzer) will eat without enjoying their food. Simple, but effective, s-l-o-w down and enjoy the food! Put smaller portions in front of you at all times.  There are plenty of commercial breaks to run to the kitchen for more.

2. Make your food choices a little harder to eat. Try this fresh Sweet Georgia Salsa recipe with the larger diced tomatoes, black beans and onions – so chunky, you’ll need to concentrate on getting a mouthful instead of a lapful. Make sure you use Southern Recipe pork rinds as your go-to scooper.

Can’t pry yourself away from the games? Order your favorite pork rinds online and get ’em delivered to your front door. March on mighty rind lover!

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It’s Time to Meeta for a ‘Rita

pork rinds and margaritas

You know what they say, one Margarita isn’t enough, two margaritas are too much, three margaritas are not enough. Whoa, clink your glasses it’s National Margarita Day! We know you’ll celebrate responsibly, so here are a few recipes that complement this lime green monster.

1. Nachos anyway but loose – it’s the bacony crunch of pork rinds you love mixed with shredded beef and pulled pork. Try these two different recipes that use our Hot & Spicy pork rinds as a base instead of boring tortilla chips … nacho bad.

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2. Bean there but haven’t done this – the secret ingredient in this Mexican BBQ Beans recipe? A handful of crushed Salt & Vinegar pork rinds mixed with the beans. This recipe will light a fire at any party!

3. It’s summer somewhere – turn down the thermostat, it’s time for a Hot Summer Salsa recipe that scoops all other salsas … especially when you scoop it up with our Original flavored pork rinds.

4. Skip the kitchen and pick up a bag of our Cheesy Jalapeño Curls – ok, you’ve tasted and loved all of the best pork rinds Southern Recipe has to offer, now let’s turn to a totally different snack. Our real cheese curls are oven baked with a burst of spicy jalapeño … there’s nothing like a little heat that tastes great with any flavor of margarita.

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Heart-to-Heart, Rind to Dine

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It’s right around the corner – the dreaded day made up of stress and anxiety. No, we’re not talking Tax Day, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s for chocolates, roses and/or dinner reservations, we spend around $149 on average for this day. In fact, each year Americans shell out about $20 billion pouring on the “love” for their beloved valentines.

chocolate covered pork rindsThe origins of this heartfelt holiday date back to ancient Rome. From February 13 to 15 (and you thought one day was pressure filled), the Romans would celebrate the feast of Lupercalia to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. A bit more elaborate than a greeting card, wouldn’t you say?

Our advice? Keep your gifts simple and from the heart. And what could be more heartfelt than a case of their favorite Southern Recipe Pork Rinds? Salt & Vinegar pork rinds tell ’em you mesh well with their ornery side. Bar-B-Que pork rinds say you like the way they stay southern. Hot & Spicy pork rinds tell them … well, you get the idea.

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And the Winner is …

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Thank you to all you Pork Rind Lovers out there who scratched, scratched and scratched again to win one of the many instant prizes in our “Get in with the Greats” Scratch to Win Game!

pork rinds and gridiron greats charityWe gave away more than 500 prizes that ranged from Pork Rind Appreciation Day t-shirts and tasty porks rinds to autographed footballs (from our Gridiron Greats charity partner) and Amazon gift cards! Whoa, our shipping department is glad this contest is over!

We would also want to give a pork rind shout out to Michelle S. from Ohio who took home the Grand Prize of $2,500 and a year’s supply of pork rinds! Congratulations to all our winners and we’ll see you next year!

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Rinds Around the World

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We know you love our pork rinds – heck everyone loves our rinds, but did you know the origins of your favorite snack food? Humans have been raising pigs for 15,000 years, so enjoying pork in different ways (including our beloved rinds) is a given. Know the differences between the many types of pork rinds with our handy field guide.

What’s in a name? Check out these different names for pork rinds around the world:

Canada – scrunchions

England – pork scratchings

Mexico – chicharrones

South USA – pig skins

South Africa – kaiings

Hungary – tepertő

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Getting a Freebie in the Mail is Believing

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“Believe it or not, I’ve never won anything … until now” commented a lucky instant game winner.

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Over the last couple of months, we’ve given away more than 500 instant prizes for our Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign! Many “Get in with the Greats Scratch to Win players have won exclusive t-shirts, Amazon gift cards, baseball hats, Southern Recipe pork rinds and autographed footballs from Hall of Famer Ken Houston, Gridiron Greats Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Reggie Kelly!

Didn’t win yet? No worries, there’s plenty of time to enter … in fact, play each day to increase your chances. And if you don’t win an instant prize, you’ll still be entered to win our grand prize of $2,500! Play on pork rind lovers … and good luck!

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New Ways to Celebrate in the New Year

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Don’t you just love food holidays? There’s no better way to celebrate each and every day than with our pork rinds. Not sure what holidays are worthy of your day off? Here’s a few to get you started for the new year.

January 9: National Bean Day – whoa, we have the perfect dipper for any bean you could think of! Refried beans with pork rind nachos, chickpea (that’s right, they’re beans) hummus, and franks and beans. Sound off for Bean Day!

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day– just what the heck is a Hot Toddy? Besides the bad nickname your friend Todd had in high school, who really wants this drink? Warm whiskey with honey, and lemon …. We say keep it simple and go for the whiskey straight up.

January 13: National Gluten-Free Day – if you’re gluten intolerant or you have a family member that is, are you in luck! Now you can offer them our pork rinds! Another tip to show ’em you care? Use pork rinds in recipes in place of flour in a 1 to 1 ratio for an easy gluten-free replacement.

southern classic recipesJanuary 22: National Southern Food Day – it’s no secret pork rinds have deep roots in the south, but believe it or not, our secret recipe was developed by a northerner!

January 29: National Corn Chip Day – anything they can do, we can do better! Besides, there’s no one out there who likes corn over the crunchy bacon taste of rinds. Celebrate with any variety of pork rinds and petition to have this holiday dissolved.

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New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Keep

Happy New Year

Now, we’re all for overachieving, but are we all a little tired of making the hopeful promise of a New Year’s Resolution only to have it come crashing down on February 1st? Here are a few tips to help you nail down your promise so you can feel accomplished throughout 2019.

1. Be Real … Really.

The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it near impossible. For instance, resolving to never eat your favorite food again is setting you up for failure. Unless it means not eating potato chip ever again, then we say, good on ya!  Pork rinds are the better-for-you way to go.

2. Plan Ahead.

Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day.

3. Stick to it.

Experts say it takes about 21 days to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your life. Remember, it won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient! Don’t forget to reward yourself throughout the process. Like with an order of pork rinds.

4. Failure Sometimes Becomes an Option.

Obsessing over the occasional slip up won’t do you any good. Take one day at a time and look over the past successes and before you know it, you’ll be back on track.

Good news, if all fails and you totally bomb, there’s always 2020 to look forward to.

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Hamburger Day for the Holidays

Celebrate Burger Day with pork rinds

Fire up the grill it’s National Hamburger Day! What’s that you say, you’re only thinking about sugar plums dancing in your head? Nonsense. It’s time to be like Santa and bring to the world (hamburger) happiness! Plus, ’tis the season for a burger with a Christmas twist.

Holiday CranburgerSouthern Recipe Original Pork Rinds, spicy cranberry sauce, baby arugula, tomato and aïoli on a sesame seed bun.

Blue Ice Burger – Blue cheese, Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds, lettuce, tomato, sweet onion and mayonnaise.

Cinnamon Apple Burger – Sautéed apples in butter and cinnamon, Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds (crushed and mixed in the meat) and Cheddar cheese.

Holiday Hawaiian Burger – Pineapple, cranberry sauce, Cheddar cheese, Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds and lettuce.

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