Make Pork Rinds at Home in Your Microwave

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Sometimes wandering trips in the Hill Country can lead to intriguing surprises. Out Johnson City way, it’s no secret Whittington’s Jerky & General Store is the perfect spot to find delicious jerky. Amongst a myriad of other delights stocked on the shelves are J&J Critters brand Microwave Pork Rinds. Packaged in containers that look a little like bait tubs, these treats come in flavors of Barbeque, Garlic, Spicy, and Plain.

Instructions are similar to homemade microwave popcorn: place a ¼ cup or roughly 15 pieces in a brown paper bag, lay it on its side and shake to distribute, then microwave for about 90 seconds or so. Once finished, if the bag still has pieces with dark brown edges, it needs a bit more time. Simply close the bag, shake it around and return it to the microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Take a few tries in the microwave to learn the best exact time for you as all appliances are a bit different. Also note, the brown paper bag method is recommended over cooking between paper towels to get the freshest and most crunchy results, as well as best for testing out other types of seasonings and flavors.

Spicy style

Photo by Honky Tonk Foodie

Produced by J&J, Etc., which is a family owned and operated food distribution company in business for over 20 years and headed by Erick & Laura Womack out of Oklahoma, their microwave pork rinds have enjoyed success and increased popularity as a gratifying alternative to potato chips, as they are low in fat and carbs but high in protein. Each one-ounce serving has 4g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, >1g carbohydrate, 0 sugar, and 23g protein. With a shelf life of up to one year (stored dry), this is a good treat to keep handy in the cabinet. Try creating a batch with your own unique flavor combo or give as a gift to a friend who likes to try new things!