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Can’t Dog This Bacon Wrapped Dog

Pork Rinds on a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
Are you a mustard and ketchup kind of guy? Or maybe a little onion and chili? Let’s step up your grillin’ game and wrap that naked dog in bacon and put a dusting of Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds on top. Fire up the charcoal briquettes and watch how to make this Three Little Pigs recipe now.

Hey, you know what they say, if you can’t run with the meat wrapped pork rind dogs, stay on the back porch with your little grill.

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Better Grillin’ Leads to Better Chillin’

Grilling with Southern Recipe pork rindsIt’s grilling season (truth be told, the season is 12 months long), but there’s no reason we can’t go back to school and get a refresher on a few grilling tips as you munch on your pork rinds.

Follow these seven tips for better grillin’ so you can get to better chillin’:

1. Preheat the Grill: Start with a clean grill by preheating your grill with the lid closed for 15 minutes. Yeah, we know, your friends will be over in 20 minutes, and you gotta get the food going, but first things first.

Start with glowing red coals, or all the gas burners on high, with the temperature under the lid reaching 500F. Why? The high heat loosens any remnants of past food stuck to the grate, making it easy to scrape off with that stainless-steel brush you never use.

2. Time and Temperature: By monitoring your cooking time and temperature, you’ll avoid overcooking your meat. And, because time gets away from all of us, use a timer! Remember, if you’re grilling in a colder climate or at a higher altitude, the cooking times will be longer. If the wind is blowing hard, it will lower a gas grill’s temperature and raise a charcoal grill’s heat.

3. Know When to Be Direct, Know When to be Indirect: Direct heat (when the fire is directly below the food) is best for tender pieces of food that cook in 20 minutes or less. Indirect heat (when the fire is on either side of the food) is best for larger, tougher cuts of meat, like flank steak that require more than 20 minutes of cooking.

4. Maintaining Temperatures and Tame That Flame: Having a consistent, reliable heat source and proper venting is key to maintaining low or high temperatures effectively.  Obviously, flare-ups can burn your food and get you banished from the Grilling Club. Keeping the lid on as much as possible limits the amount of oxygen inside the grill, which will help extinguish any flare-ups. Don’t walk away, or you’ll be running to the store for more food.

5. Patience is Key: One of the biggest reasons for the popularity of grilled food is its seared taste. And, to become a master at searing, you’ll need to use the right level of heat … and resist the temptation to turn food often. Your patience will allow for caramelization, which brings out the best flavors and aromas. And don’t get flip happy. As a general rule, turn food only once.

6. Let Your Meat Rest: And on the 7th day, the Pro Griller let his steak rest … for five minutes.

7. Shake, No Bake: Shake things up a bit and set your table with a few unique recipes like Pork Rind Encrusted Ribs  (using Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar Flavored Pork Rinds), Pork Rind Burger with Extra Pork (using Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Flavored Pork Rinds) and Stuffed Pork Chop Pork Rind Bombs (using Southern Recipe Original Flavored Pork Rinds). Wanna make it easy on yourself? Order your favorite rinds and get ’em delivered to your front door! Grill on!

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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 seven 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.

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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.

pork rind nachos

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

valentines day and pork rinds

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 …

pork rind day winner

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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