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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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Connecting with the Keto

It’s not a four letter word .. well, ok it is, but that’s not the point. We’re talkin’ about going Keto. And although we’re not here to sell anyone on the merits of this trending diet, we are here to make sure tasty Southern Recipe pork rinds are giving you the morale crunchy support you need.  Pork rinds are the snack that delivers 100% taste with 0% carbs (see how we did that).

pork rinds are keto

But we don’t just hang our hat on zero carbs, rinds are higher in protein than chips, beef sticks, and a deviled egg. So, move over pasty protein bars and sugary smoothies, we’ve got the best d*mn crunch that fulfills almost every diet in the land.

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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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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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New Ways to Celebrate in the New Year

southern recipe bean dip

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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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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Winning Is Everything!

Pork Rind Appreciation DayWe’re giving away so many Scratch to Win Instant Game prizes, we almost can’t keep up with shipping the winnings! Whether it’s exclusive Pork Rind Appreciation Day t-shirts, Southern Recipe hats or autographed footballs from Gridiron Greats, there are so many chances to win.

Plus, every time you play you get another chance to win the grand prize of $2,500! Rind on champions and good luck!

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Give Thanks for These Recipes

Fast approaching is one of the most overindulgent holidays of the year … no, we’re not talking about Pork Rind Appreciation Day (although, we do love winning pork rinds). We’re talkin’ about Thanksgiving Day.

Hey, we’re all for unbuckling the belt after a more-than-generous dinner, but now it’s time to bring your pork rind roots into the meal with a twist on some classics.

Breakfast Pork Rind Casserole – let’s start out with a hardy breakfast. After all, we’ll start with eggs and end with the bird.

Breakfast Casserole with pork rinds

Cornbread Pork Rind Stuffing – spice up the traditional stuffing by adding crushed pork rinds into the breading mix at a ratio of 50/50.

Macaroni and Cheese – pork rinds add a bacon flavor without all that greasy mess

Pork rinds and Mac and cheese

Collard Greens – what would Thanksgiving be without greens? So tasty your guests will be  green with envy. Collard greens

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