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RadiantPup27709 #1 Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:02 PM

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I tried this popular American snack for the first time today.

Saw Homer Simpson eating them as a kid and just recently watched a Youtube video on the process of making them and they looked good. So I grabbed a bag that I saw at the store, surprised we even had them here. I opened it up when I got home and the smell I can only relate to dry dog food, haha! I wasn't sure if I could even try to taste one, but I did and the taste was pretty bad, like burnt bacon. I could eat them if I had to, but my dog liked them more than I did and he's fussy... haha! Brings me back to those nasty Little Debbie snacks. I don't know how people like their stuff. We have Canadian versions of those snacks that actually taste good.

 

Perhaps it was a bad bag, or brand? Baken-ets was the brand name and traditional was the flavour.



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Pork Rinds are good for one thing, and one thing only. Put them in a blender, and in your favorite spices, makes a great breading for baked fish/chicken. 

 

We like to use hot/spicy flavored Rinds. Works great. :)


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As a Canadian, I would always look forward to a bag every year during our travels through the US--that and our yearly lobster and muscle fest down in Maine. I just had a bag the other day, and although I couldn't eat them often, they still are a treat. 

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View PostRarefication, on 10 October 2018 - 09:14 AM, said:

As a Canadian, I would always look forward to a bag every year during our travels through the US--that and our yearly lobster and muscle fest down in Maine. I just had a bag the other day, and although I couldn't eat them often, they still are a treat. 

 

Maybe the bag I had was over cooked. The only defining flavour I could taste was burnt bacon. 


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View Postkiller etzi0, on 10 October 2018 - 09:04 AM, said:

Pork Rinds are good for one thing, and one thing only. Put them in a blender, and in your favorite spices, makes a great breading for baked fish/chicken. 

 

We like to use hot/spicy flavored Rinds. Works great. :)

 

I'll give that a try. I've got some fresh striped bass fillets in the fridge.


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View PostRadiantPup27709, on 10 October 2018 - 09:17 AM, said:

 

Maybe the bag I had was over cooked. The only defining flavour I could taste was burnt bacon. 

 

Yeah, there are usually a few that taste burnt. But for the entire bag to taste that way is disappointing. 

LadyTanker #7 Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:59 PM

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I like them best made fresh. It's been quite awhile since I've had any, but I don't remember a particular store brand that was great. I'd recommend looking up a recipe and trying it that way. I'm not sure if that would change anything for you though.

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View PostRadiantPup27709, on 10 October 2018 - 07:02 AM, said:

I tried this popular American snack for the first time today.

Saw Homer Simpson eating them as a kid and just recently watched a Youtube video on the process of making them and they looked good. So I grabbed a bag that I saw at the store, surprised we even had them here. I opened it up when I got home and the smell I can only relate to dry dog food, haha! I wasn't sure if I could even try to taste one, but I did and the taste was pretty bad, like burnt bacon. I could eat them if I had to, but my dog liked them more than I did and he's fussy... haha! Brings me back to those nasty Little Debbie snacks. I don't know how people like their stuff. We have Canadian versions of those snacks that actually taste good.

 

Perhaps it was a bad bag, or brand? Baken-ets was the brand name and traditional was the flavour.

 

Hmmmm I wonder what brand of pork rinds you bought because they are TAAAAAASTY!  They are supposed to taste like bacon chips.. given they are from pork.  The legit mexican pork rinds (chicharron) are full of beefy salty crunchy flavor.  Do try the mexican pork rings instead :) 

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Baken-ets are a great brand. You definitely want the hot spicy flavored, or the chicharron as Raibot mentioned. 

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Love them. Grew up eating them a lot in Mississippi. Boiled peanuts too.

Very popular in Texas and Louisiana too. Especially among Latinos i know personally. They usually always have a bag or two at work. 
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don't feed that trash to your dog. too much sodium. could give it kidney stones or a heart attack, or even kill it.

 



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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones......grind em up and make food with 'em.

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the more dense ones are better, pork cracklins!

Nothing better and artery clogging than that!  



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Any of you ever heard of 'grillades' its a French thing you find up here in Canada (mainly Quebec).

  Basically pork belly sliced like thick bacon, they deep fry it, season it while still greasy, then throw it on a BBQ to burn the grease and give it a bit of crisp on the edges. Comes double bagged in little paper bags you can practically see through from the fat lol! 

  Its a tradition whenever were at the hydroplane races in valleyfield quebec, and my wife reminds me every year that if I don't bring a bag home for her I may as well just not come home!!!

   Never been a fan of pork rinds, but Ill give the brand you guys mentioned above a shot if I ever find em!



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As a French Canuck, they remind me a bit of a drier version of "oreilles de crisse" , which are traditional during the maple syrup season.  I suppose they're the "freshly made" version LadyTanker was talking about, but with maple syrup.

 

I can absolutely relate to the weird smell comment - although they do taste good, whenever I open a bag it smells like my dog's breath :p  Since a lot of people nowadays are cutting sugar out of their diet, there's a lot of enthusiastic dieters who can snack on this salty crunchy snack without breaking keto/low-carb etc.



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you had me at maple syrup! nice to see a fellow canuck from la belle province! GO HABS GO!!!

  



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Pork rinds are one of those snacks where a lot depends on what kind you get. I love the good ones, hate the bad ones. Here in South Carolina my local grocery store has some good ones, yum!

 

They may be high in cholesterol but they are also zero carb so it kinda balances out LoL



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Theres actually 2 common types. But many different flavors. One is big, light and fluffy, Kind of like a Cheese puff or Cornie. (To me these aren't Pork rinds) The more traditional is a smaller and hard rind. Abit larger than a piece of fried, Jowl bacon, But very dense and hard, Somewhat greasy. Its the best variety. Pour 5 or 6 drops of tabasco, In the bag and shake it up, Grab your favorite drink and your set, For whatever your doing. 


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View PostRaiBOT01, on 10 October 2018 - 09:44 AM, said:

 

Hmmmm I wonder what brand of pork rinds you bought because they are TAAAAAASTY!  They are supposed to taste like bacon chips.. given they are from pork.  The legit mexican pork rinds (chicharron) are full of beefy salty crunchy flavor.  Do try the mexican pork rings instead :) 

 

Damn skippy and the home made kind are the best! oh lawdy yes! :great:

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View PostRaiBOT01, on 10 October 2018 - 08:44 AM, said:

 

Hmmmm I wonder what brand of pork rinds you bought because they are TAAAAAASTY!  They are supposed to taste like bacon chips.. given they are from pork.  The legit mexican pork rinds (chicharron) are full of beefy salty crunchy flavor.  Do try the mexican pork rings instead :) 

GG community admin. Wonder what brand it was after they just told you. 


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