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Eat This Not That: The Great Summer Swap Out

pork rinds half the calories and fat of chips

When it comes to your mind and body, summer is the perfect time to take stock where you are and where you want to go. Here are a few tips to get a jumpstart on the great summer swap out:

  1. Skip the chip. Pork rinds have half the calories and fat than potato chips. And an added bonus? Rinds are an easier scoop for your favorite dip.
  2. Swap out flour in pizza crust recipe with crushed pork rinds at a 1:1 ratio.
  3. Swap the greasy bacon on your burger with crushed pork rinds mixed inside the meat before grilling. You’ll still get a bacon flavor without the fat or calories.
  4. Swap out the riding lawnmower with a walk behind mower. In 30 minutes you’ll burn 150 calories (enough for a rewarding beer).
  5. Swap out the baseball game on TV with a game up close and personal at the local ballpark. You’ll get a dose of vitamin D from the sun, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones.

Hey, when it comes to versatility, flavor and crunch, pork rinds are champions of the great snack swap out.

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These Dogs Love Pork Rinds


What’s your favorite dog? Wait, let’s rephrase that … what is your favorite hot dog? Whether it’s Cincinnati-style, Italian or even just a plain dog with brown mustard – there are just as many hot dog recipes out there as there are states in the Union.

And in light of National Hot Dog Month, we’ve looked for the most unique and appealing city dog recipes across the land to share … along with their perfect Southern Recipe pork rind pairings (of course).

Baltimore – soft bun with fried bologna wrapped around a fried hot dog and mustard.

Cleveland – kielbasa in a bun (it’s technically not a hot dog, but we’re giving Cleveland a pass), french fries, hot sauce and cole slaw. Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds hit the mark … and then some.

Detroit – skin on hot dog in a soft bun, meat sauce, mustard and chopped onions. We know Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds will give a tang to this coney dog.

Chicago – poppy seed bun, pickle spear, celery salt, tomatoes, pickled peppers, chopped onions, relish, and mustard. There’s a lot going on here, stay with a complementing flavor like Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds.

Kansas City – sesame seed bun, sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese. We recommend a little heat, try Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy to take it up a notch.

Denver – hot dog in a bun, chopped red onion, green chile sauce, sour cream and chopped jalapenos.

Memphis – bacon-wrapped hot dog in a bun, BBQ sauce, chopped scallions and shredded cheddar cheese. Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds – they do love their “Que” down there.

Montreal – a steamed hot dog in a New England-style bun, mustard, chopped onion and cabbage. Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds play well with the cabbage.

New York – a hot dog in a bun, all-dressed with mustard, sauerkraut and onion sauce. Take your pick of any Southern Recipe Pork Rind flavors – hey, it’s New York after all.

Seattle – bratwurst, cream cheese, sliced raw jalapenos, chopped cabbage, and Sriracha. Pair with Southern Recipe Original pork rinds, no need for additional spice.

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‘Holidays’ Go Better with Pork Rinds

pork rinds on holidays

After celebrating Independence Day, you probably think your holiday fun is done for the month. Ha, think again! We’ve scoured event calendars from around the world (ok, we actually just Googled “holidays in July”). But just like all of the pork rind lovers out there, we think quirky is much better than boring. Enjoy … and start celebrating today!

July 2: I Forgot Day – By definition, this day is not a day to remember. So, just what are you forgetting? Can you even remember?

July 5th: National Bikini Day – On July 5, 1946, the first Bikini was worn and modeled. Men, before you get your hopes up on seeing the latest and skimpiest Bikini, remember, the hairy guy down the street just may celebrate as well. And no one wants that.

July 14th: National Nude Day – see Bikini Day above, and just say no.

July 15th: Cow Appreciation Day – ok, now we’re talking. Try this Beefy Pork Rind Burger recipe with crushed Southern Recipe Pork Rinds mixed in. Mooove over boring!

July 20: Ugly Truck Day – if “ugly” means beautiful, then we’re all about it.

fried green tomatoes with pork rindsJuly 25th: Culinarians Day – heck that’s just a fancy way to say Cooks Day. Whip up these pork rind inspired recipes and you’ll be a culinarian pro. Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac & Three Cheeses with Pork Rind Crust and Fried Pork Chops with pork rind breading. Do we hear CHOPPED calling?

July 30th: Father-in-Law Day – yes, we know it may be hard, but it’s only one day. Break out the Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds and watch a ball game together, it’ll be over before you know it.

 

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Back to the Backwoods … Let’s Camp!

campfire recipes pork rinds

It’s time to celebrate National Camping Month and take a hike with the more than 40 million people that go out in the wilderness each year. We love everything about camping … the smell of the campfire, the musty smell of the tent and even when it rains it’s a perfect time to relax.

Campfires are great for ambiance and burning marshmallows for late night s’mores, but there’s nothing better than a meal cooked over an open fire. Be sure to bring a cast iron frying pan because we’ve got a few easy one-skillet recipes to make your outdoor experience an adventure.

  1. Campfire Tip: your recipes should be made with ingredients in easy-to-pack cans. Fully cooked meats, potatoes, and vegetables make it easy prep and cook over an open fire. You’re basically heating to warm your meal, not fully cooking your recipes.
  2. Skittle Enchiladas – Skip the tortillas and add Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds in its place.
  3. Loaded Skillet Cracklin Cornbread – So hearty you just may skip the main meal. Use Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Curley Cracklins for a touch of heat.
  4. Three Cheese Mac & Cheese with Pork Rind Crust – When you crush pork rinds on top, it’ll give a bacon flavor without cooking greasy (and messy) bacon.
  5. Campfire Skillet Chili Mac – Macaroni. Chili. Cheese. Water. That’s it! Don’t forget the Southern Recipe Orginal Pork Rinds for a side of crunch.

The most important tip? In case of rain, you’ll need to pull out multiple bags of Southern Recipe Pork Rinds to stop your family from grumbling and stomachs from rumbling. Don’t worry; pork rinds have 8 grams of protein to help stave off “starvation.”

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A Healthy Helping of Pork Rinds

healthy

Doesn’t it seem that every month we read about a new health trend?  Don’t get us wrong, we think that healthy eating starts with moderation (even though we also know it’s really hard not to plow through a big bag of Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds during lunch). Pork rinds do offer some very positive health attributes

  • zero carbs,
  • 9 grams of protein (50 % more protein than peanuts)
  • only 4.5 grams of total fat (half the fat of potato chips)
  • Rinds are also a good alternative snack for those with diabetes
  • only 2 points for Weight Watchers

Whoa, all that “healthy talk” has gotten us hungry for some Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds. But really,  in honor of Men’s Health Month, we suggest cutting out all your empty snacks … and committing to eating pork rinds. Hey, we’re not crazy after all.

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Pork Rinds … Our Heritage

Pork Rind Heritage Festival Harrod Ohio

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. John and Mary Rudolph - FoundersThey 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.

 

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Make Your Memorial Day Memorable

memorial dayFor 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:

  1. Proud Parade

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.

  1. 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).

Looking to add something new to your grilling menu? Try one of our classic barbecue recipes that uses Southern Recipe Pork Rinds as the secret ingredient. Check out this Rind Covered Rib RecipeBeefy Pork Rind Burger Recipe or Moonshine Burger Recipe.

  1. Pay tribute

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.

  1. 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.

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Salsa Your Way to Taste Bud Heaven

dill pickle salsa and pork rinds

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.

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I’m Comin’ Home Mama!

pork rinds for mother's day

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.

  1. 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.
  2. BBQ Time. Forget about that stuffy (and expensive) Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, when was the last time you got your belly’s worth? Did they serve up your favorite Hot & Spicy pork rinds? We bet not.Instead, fire up the grill (clean the grates, it is of course for mom) and try this Grilled Pork Stuffed with Pork Rinds recipe.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

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

pork rinds on a picnic

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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