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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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“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!

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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

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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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Sweet Tips on Keeping Your Holiday Eating in Check

Pork Rind TostadasBefore you overindulge by “trying” all the holiday candy and cookies at the office (hey, you need to make sure your coworkers did a good job baking), you may want to prepare by reducing your calorie intake now. Have no fear, before you loosen your belt, we have the solution to you next cookie-fest.

1. Ditch Added Sugar – foods like candy, soda and baked goods that contain lots of added sugars tend to be low in the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Give up the candy now, so you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays nearly guilt-free.

2. Protein-Rich Pork Rind Breakfast – by eating pork rinds for breakfast, you’ll increase protein intake in the morning, which helps you avoid unhealthy snacking and improve appetite control throughout the day. May we suggest Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds as the new Breakfast of Champions?

3. Be A Smart Shopper – creating a shopping list and sticking to it is a great way to avoid buying unhealthy foods impulsively and leads to healthier eating as well as weight loss. Better yet, skip the chip impulse and pick up Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar rinds. Pork rinds have half the fat of chips and more protein (see point #2).

4. Cut Back on Carbs – well, our pork rinds have zero carbs, so that’s an easy one. See what you can make with them on our recipe page!

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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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Don’t Mock the Guac

pork rinds and guacamoleJust like the Incredible Hulk, the mighty avocado is a softy inside. This monster of fruit – that’s right we said fruit – is one superfood. When it comes to benefits: high potassium (helps in maintaining blood pressure) and Vitamin B5 (helps convert the food you eat into energy), Southern Recipe pork rinds pair well because of our high protein and low carbs. You could say we’re a couple of mean, green power snack foods.

And in honor of National Guacamole Day, we would like to make it easy to get your avocado on with this rind dippin’ guacamole recipe.

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This Recipe Is “Nacho” Bad

Pork Rind NachosInternational Day of the Nacho has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo so why are we talkin’ about it? Well, nachos are probably our single favorite snack in the world (besides pork rinds, of course).  It’s probably why there’s an International Day of the Nacho on October 21.  While you may think of nachos as having sprung from that special day in May, the truth is that nachos are a 20th-century dish. It turns out, the golden nacho cheese wasn’t even invented until the 1970’s! Looking for a special way to celebrate? We have just the right nacho recipe to share today (or any day) – especially when you use Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds in place of the 3 corner chip.

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