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The Crunchiest Homemade Pork Rinds

The Crunchiest Homemade Pork Rinds

July 15, 2022 3 min read

By now, we all know that pork rinds (AKA Chicharrones) are crunchy little keto nuggets bequeathed to us by the gods. A chip that has collagen, protein, healthy fat, and no carbs? There has to be a catch, except there isn’t.

Traditionally, pork rinds are made by heating the rendered skin of a pig until it expands into a hot and crunchy meat cloud. However, the method for preparing this delicacy varies widely depending on culture, cuisine, and the available cooking appliances.

This article will walk through our techniques for preparing America’s favorite all-natural puff.

But first, we need to talk about preparation methods!

THE SHORT-CUT METHOD

Getting the pork rind ready for frying can be accomplished multiple ways. Our recommendation is to acquire ready-to-cook pork rinds from PorkRinds.com. This allows you to avoid a number of painstaking steps and can yield fresh pork rinds in as little as 5 minutes!

Even better, our pop-at-home pork rinds undergo a proprietary smoking, curing, and rendering process that produces a much better taste than other options.

The secret preparation is said to give our pork rinds an extra crunchy, smoky bite that is missing from other pork skins.

We didn’t cut any corners with these chicharrones, which means you can! They're antibiotic free, keto-friendly, paleo, carnivore, and dang good! Take a look at how easy our pop-at-home pork rinds are to cook in an air fryer.

Southern Recipe Small Batch Pop-At-Home Pork Rinds: What's popping? 32 servings per bag. Antibiotic Free. Cooks in Air Fryers.

INGREDIENTS

AIR FRYER DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add ⅛ cup of uncooked pork rinds to air fryer bin & arrange in a single layer.
  3. Cook 4-5 minutes until pork rinds are fully expanded and golden.
  4. Lightly season with sea salt or your favorite seasoning!
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to batch as needed!
  6. Need some seasoning inspiration? We got you!

PREP TIME

5 minutes

SERVINGS

1 serving per batch

DEEP FRYER/PAN FRY DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat frying oil to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add ⅛ cup of uncooked pork rinds to the oil (you may be able to fit more, depending on your pan size).
  3. Use metal spoon to keep the pork rinds submerged in the oil.
  4. Cook for 60 seconds until fully expanded and golden.
  5. Looking for a seasoning to take this to another level? We have a few ideas.

PREP TIME

30 minutes

SERVINGS

1 serving per batch

Deep frying pork rinds

 

LAST THOUGHTS

When it comes to making keto-friendly pork rinds, there is no wrong answer. Both methods will produce a delicious, crunchy paleo snack with around 7g of collagen protein, monounsaturated fat, and low carbohydrates.

 

Most keto enthusiasts are strapped for time and want fresh-cooked pork rinds fast. That’s why our ready-to-cook pork rinds are air-fryer compatible, shelf stable, and cook a single serving within minutes inside of your trusty air fryer.

Don’t have an air fryer or a bunch of frying oil? Our cook-at-home pork rinds can also be made in the oven. Just drop ‘em on a tray and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes. Keep a close eye on you delicious keto snack and remove once the pork rinds are fully expanded and golden brown!

Lastly, don't skimp on the seasoning. Original pork rinds are just fine, but why stop there? We've come up with a bunch of seasoning ideas that you need to try. Our favorite? PorkRinds.com's "Ranch Adjacent" seasoning recipe.