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Just in the Nick of Time … it’s Picnic Day!

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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:

  1. A comfortable blanket to sit on (stay away from the old blanket that you found in the trunk your of the car).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Plastic storage containers and plastic storage bags.  These items keep the spillage down while also keeping food separated and fresh.
  6. Plates, forks, knives, napkins, cups and bowls if you decide to share our Bar-B-Que rinds. Or keep clean up simple by making Walking Tacos.
  7. Sunscreen and bug spray.
  8. Magazines, books, Frisbee, baseball mitt, board games and music.
  9. A corkscrew if you bring a bottle of wine.
  10. It’s a great time to try craft beers. Check out our tips on pairing some of your favorite rinds and food with different types of beers.
  11. Trash bags and “wet ones” type towelettes for cleanup.

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Cheers to Beer Day

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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.

So, this month give a toast to the liquid gold … but remember to enjoy your rinds responsibility.

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Six April Fools’ Day Pranks You Can Play All Year Long

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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).

  1. 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!
  2. Rubber band the kitchen sink sprayer handle so that it immediately sprays out as someone turns on the faucet.
  3. 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.
  4. Change the language on your colleague’s computer – they’ll think their company is part of a corporate takeover.
  5. Hard boil all the eggs in the refrigerator and place them back in the carton.
  6. 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!

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Bunny Hop to These Skins

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.
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Macaroni and Cheese
There’s nothing quite like a southern recipe using Southern Recipe Pork Rinds. Ooey, gooey goodness. Find a great Macaroni and Cheese recipe here!
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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!
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Shrimp and Grits
So good, you’ll swear the shrimp are pork’s swimming cousin. Try our recipe for Shrimp and Grits here!
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Cheddar Biscuits
Cheddar is always better when you add pork rinds to the mix. Give this recipe a go for Cheddar Biscuits and impress the family!

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Skip the Chip, Not This Dip

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.
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5 Ingredient White Queso Dip
We like this dip because everyone has these simple ingredients in their pantry. It pairs well will Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds. Get this 5 Ingredient White Queso Dip recipe now!

Classic Cowboy Dip
Yippee-ki-yay … whether you’re on a cattle drive or commuter drive, this is the perfect salsa recipe to dip into when the day is done. Pairs well with Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds. Find the recipe for this Classic Cowboy Dip here!

Mango Bango Salsawhite-queso-pork-rind Skip the Chip, Not This Dip
Your mouth will do the tango with this fresh mango salsa recipe. Hey, mon … when you dip ’em with Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds you bring the flavor of the islands to any party. Get this easy recipe for Mango Bango Salsa here!

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Busting Brackets Since 1955

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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.

blog-march-madness Busting Brackets Since 1955Round 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.

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Snack Like You Mean It

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Raise your hand if you’re just about done with all the crazy snack trends out at the local convenience store. Hey, we know you’re all about the flavor but do you really need to crunch on “anchovy and truffle” potato chips?

For National Snack Food Month, let’s review why the “everyday” pork rind stacks up to all of the other snacks on the shelf with four original flavors!

  1. Humans have been raising pigs for 15,000 years, and we’ve been enjoying the benefits from almost day one.
  2. Pork rinds are versatile. You can substitute crushed rinds with flour in a 1:1 ratio. No need for bacon topping with all this crust flavor.
  3. Pork rinds have more protein than peanuts, with 8 grams of protein in pork rinds vs. 7 grams of protein in peanuts.
  4. Pork rinds have zero carbs. Cut your carbs without sacrificing crunch.
  5. Pork rinds say no to gluten, MSG, and artificial color.
  6. There’s less than 5g of fat and 1g of sugar per serving.
  7. The fat pork rinds do have is healthy fat, most being made of the same fat you would find in olive oil.

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It’s the Winter Olympics … Pork Rind-Style

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Watching the Olympics and getting a hankering to join in on the competition? We’ve put together a few games … but with a warm state twist. Who needs the snow when you’ve got good ‘ol southern ingenuity?

Luge
This one is a little tricky, please proceed with caution and with your safety in mind. Go down to your auto shop and borrow their mechanic’s creeper (this is the wheeled flat dolly that allows mechanics to do work underneath your vehicle). Take it to the highest hill and push off. Ride the two-man luge with only your best friend.

Curling
This is an easy one. Pull out a few round citronella Patio Torches (round is best), grab a broom, and you’re ready to go. For added excitement light the touches!

Biathlon
The Biathlon event is where you shoot at targets throughout a cross-country skiing course. This event is a little trickier because you’ll need to strap on 2 x 4’s to your work boots and maneuver through a gravel road while shooting at road signs. Come to think of it that may just be another Saturday night in the south.

Now you’ve won your gold medal, sit back, relax and watch the Winter Olympics with a bag of Southern Recipe Pork Rinds.

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I’ve Fallen Down on Valentine’s Day and I Can’t Get Up

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Ok, the most dreaded of all the holidays is fast approaching … that’s right, we dare to utter the words, Valentine’s Day! Don’t worry guys, we’ve got you covered (you’ll thank us later, ladies). So many questions, so few answers … until now.

  1. Chocolates may be trite, but not if you show your true manly self by coating Southern Recipe Original Flavor Pork Rinds with chocolate. Nobody can resist this double trouble snack.
  2. You never, ever, never-ever ask a woman, “What do you want for Valentine’s Day?” The best present is to show that you “get her,” which means you don’t have to ask. Just listen to her, she’ll throw you a few bones. Look for comments like, “I really need a _____,” “Her necklace is so beautiful,” or “We’ve never been to that restaurant!” If she says anything like this, take the clue.
  3. You’re not 15 years old, avoid any stuffed animal holding a red heart-shaped box. In fact, bypass the entire red aisle at the local drug store.
  4. This day is not all about material things. Don’t buy the first thing you see on Amazon just because you can get it delivered the next day. No girl wants an electric razor (unless she hints, see tip #2). She’ll be more likely to let her legs go prickly in protest than use it. And no win in that one.

And remember, this day is about you and her, and about celebrating your relationship together. The most important thing is to give her your attention and show her you care, but with your own personal twist.

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Super Fun For The Super Game

sr-blog-jan-3 Super Fun For The Super GameEven if your team didn’t make it to the Super Game, you’ll want to get ready for the biggest “homegate” of the season. Here are a few tips to keep the action going for every football fan:

1. Be aware that a few attending your party may be less than thrilled “fans”. Consider setting up an alternate room for their watching pleasure or set up a gaming area. There’s nothing worse than a 2 point game and a bored pacing spouse.

2. Food keeps everyone happy. Put together a spread that’s easy to replenish. Make a balanced selection of hot and cold choices. Make it easy for your guest to pick up on the run and eat with their fingers. Try our Hot and Spicy Pork Rind Chicken Wings, warm BLT Dip and Walking Pork Rind Tacos. Plus, you’ll have an easier time cleaning up.

3. Celebrate with your own touchdown dance. Think you got the moves? Show ‘em, and you could win $2,500! It’s fun … enter for your chance to win cash and pork rind prizes.

4. Game out of hand? If the score gets out of hand, don’t give into changing the channel. Remember, some of the most entertaining and creative TV all year is the +$3 million commercials. Never, ever talk while the commercials are playing. That’s a sure fire way to get designated to the kid’s TV.

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