How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones

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Just like Chicken Cracklings, Pork Cracklings (aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones) are incredibly easy to make, delicious and are virtually zero-carb. The main advantage of making your own pork rinds is that you will avoid preservatives, MSG and other junk.

Pork rinds are great for snacking and I love using them to make all sorts of keto-friendly recipes. They work great for "breading" (see Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad) and even instead of flour to make savoury pies (see Savory Keto Pie Crust, Easter Keto Quiche and Chicken Pot Pie). Pork rinds are also great with dips such as Guacamole or Marinara sauce, as topping in salads and soups. As a bonus, if you leave them unseasoned, you can use them in sweet recipes like these pancakes!

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Nutritional values (per 1 oz / 30 g cracklings)

0 grams 0 grams 18.4 grams 3 grams 1.1 grams 137 calories
Total Carbs0grams
Fiber0grams
Net Carbs0grams
Protein18.4grams
Fat3grams
of which Saturated1.1grams
Calories137kcal
Potassium & Magnesiumtrace

Nutrition values are estimated, the fat & protein content may vary depending on how much fat you trim off the skin. Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (0%), protein (73%), fat (27%)

Ingredients

  • pork skins, about 2 pounds OR use pork back fat and use instructions here to cut the fat off
  • lard for frying, you can use leftover lard if using whole pork back fat
  • Optional: seasoning of choice: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic / onion powder, chili powder, dried herbs, etc.
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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to low, about 100 °C/ 210 °F. I get about 4 pounds of ready-to-be-used pork skin from my farmer every month. If you buy pork skin with fat and meat on it, you'll need to cut it off. To do that, cut the meat into strips and score every 2-3 inches. Be careful not to cut through the skin. Then, insert the knife between the skin and the fat and carefully cut it off. You will end up with some fat still attached to the skin - that's fine and will add flavour to the pork rinds. Cut the pork skins into 1-2 inch pieces.
    The more fat you cut off, the fluffier they will get when deep fried! How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  2. Lay the pork skins over a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the oven. I usually make pork rinds in batches and end up using 3-4 trays. Bake for about 4-6 hours or until dehydrated. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  3. When done, pour the excess lard into a pan. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  4. You can use the rendered lard to fry the cracklings. Use a small deep pan and add more lard if needed. Heat the lard up until hot enough for deep frying. Use a slotted spoon and add your cracklings in small batches. They will significantly increase in volume as they puff up. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  5. If the skins are properly dehydrated, it should take just about 30-60 seconds for the batch to puff up. Then, use a slotted spoon to remove the cracklings onto a tray lined with kitchen towel. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  6. Repeat for the remaining pork skins... How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  7. ... and leave to cool down. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
  8. Optionally, season with salt, pepper, dried herbs, chili powder or your favourite spices. I'd usually season half and have them for snacking and then I'd leave the other half of the batch unseasoned so I can use it in recipes for breading or even instead of flour to make pies (tips included at the top of this post). Try with Guacamole, Marinara sauce, soured cream or your favourite cheese dip. How To Make Pork Cracklings aka Pork Rinds aka Chicharrones
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Have you ever attempted to store excess pork rinds once you've fried them? I made a lot of them today, and I won't be able to consume or use them all in 48 hours.  I have a commercial grade dehydrator and wondered about using that to remove more of the fat before storing. I'd love to know if you've tried it, or if you know a successful way to keep them for longer term storage!

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Hi Lori, I keep the uncooked skins in my freezer but once I make them they are usually gone in less a few days. For longer storage I'd freeze them - whole or powdered - in sealed containers or freezer bags (they might get soggy though so you may need to "redehydrate" them in the oven). You could use your dehydrator to remove any remaining moisture and they will last for longer.

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you can try the AirFryer。 put the pork skin on a plate at room temperature about 7 days until dehydrated. use the air fryer, 200° C  ,5 minutes。is ok

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What a great idea! I haven't tried using it yet but I'm intrigued 😊

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FYI, cracklings and pork rinds/chicharones are different. Cracklings still have some fat attached, while rinds are just the skin.

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Thank you David, I think you're right, although I've seen both (in store-bought products). I assume this term is used interchangeably.

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I eat these all the time and I love them. I didn't know that a pig's skin could taste like this.

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The fastest way to strip off the fat is to put them in the oven to dehydrate, then strip off the fat with a knife after a couple of hours - the fat literally separates from the rest of the skin in one easy layer.
Also I'm curious how you arrived at the nutritional info for these - I couldn't find any information on skin anywhere

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Thanks for the tips, I use the USDA database to calculate all nutrition facts.

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I am picking up pigs tomorrow can I refridgerate the skin amd make them in a day or two or how soon from butchering does it need to be done

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Hi Heather, I would refrigerate it for up to 3 days - or freeze for up to 3 months and defrost when ready to be used.

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I have had the pork skin in my freezer, I didn't have a clue, so now I will cook them, Thank you

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Hi Martina!  Happy New Year to you!  Can you give any idea on the macronutrient front of how these would differ to pork crackling obtained by simply salting and dry roasting the skin?  We always buy extra skin to be able to have plenty of crackling to go round everyone, so I just cook it at the same time as the joint, but don't dehydrate or fry it, simply dry roast.  I'd be very grateful for a reply.  Thank you in advance. 😊

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Hi Caryn and happy new year to you too 😊 I'd think that the nutrition facts should be quite similar. When I deep-fry the pork skins, the fat doesn't really soak in and they are quite dry.

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How do you store these...? Does anyone know if it is ok store in the fridge or should I store left overs in dry, room temp space?

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I store them at room temperature - they never last for more than 2-3 weeks in my house 😊 If they are properly dehydrated, you won't need to store them in the fridge. You may want to do that only if you plan to store them for longer.

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I wonder if I use a dehydrator (70 degrees max) will they come out right?

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Yes, you can try that for dehydrating them - just make sure that they are dried properly. Then you'll have to fry them in hot oil so they puff up.

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Hi Martina, what other oil can I use? I don't have lard
Thanks!!!

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Hi Melissa, I think you can use tallow or other animal fat or red palm oil (sustainable from West Africa). All these are heat-stable fats. Coconut oil is also an option but would be way to expensive if you use it for deep frying.

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I did this recipe yesterday, only with chicken skins instead of pork skins.  Works like a charm!  Hubby says we had "chick"arrones yesterday.

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Oh I love chicken cracklings! 😊

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I often use store bought chicharrones in some really tasty recipes. I've often wondered if I could duplicate them. I have yet to find pork skins. I'll redouble my efforts and ask butchers now that I know how simple it is. I like the variety that has a little fat on the skin; sometimes meat. I'm looking forward to a fresher Chicharrone. Thanks    

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Great! Just make sure you dehydrate the skins well so they puff up. I get all the pork skins every month from my farmer but the local butcher sometimes has it too.

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Hi Martina, I just found your site and it looks great - i cant wait to get stuck in. I particularly like the idea of using the prok scratchings in place of flour. Quick question which i am sure is covered elsewhere but can you explain the macronutrient ration?
I was working on the basis that 1g of fat = 9 calories and 1 gram of protein = 4 calories. That would make the ration here carbs (0%), protein (72%), fat (27%)... where am i going wrong? Thanks, Mark

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Thanks for spotting that Mark, yes you are right, it's the other way round! I'll correct it now.

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WOW that recipe for pancakes you link to, looks AWESOME. I'll have to make the pork rinds just to make *that* lol
Great ideas here!

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They do look delicious! Let me know when you try them, Hélène 😊

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