I recently got to try out something new from a company called Rudolph Foods and it was three bags of their awesome Pork Rinds. Actually, my husband got to do most of the reviewing on these except for one bag because the other two were a little on the hot side for me. With my stomach problems, I decided to let him be the tester and he couldn't have been happier!
We got to try the Hot N' Spicy Pork Rinds, Bold N' Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds and the Original Pork Rinds.
I didn't know this but Pork Rinds are very high in protein! Did you? One serving of pork rinds contains 9 grams of protein, less than what is in peanuts.
Here is some other important facts:
They also have 0 grams of carbohydrates which makes pork rinds a smart choice for people on a high protein diet. Because pork rinds have 0g carbohydrates, their glycemic response is zero, making them an alternative for some diabetics who want to enjoy a crunchy snack.
Pork rinds have also been criticized for their fat content, 5g per serving. However, over half of the fat in pork rinds is monounsaturated, the kind of “good fat” you would associate with olive oil. The expanded Nutrition Facts label for a serving of pork rinds shows that, of the 5g of total fat, 2.5g are monounsaturated, .5g is polyunsaturated, 2g are saturated, and they have 0g trans fat.
I have to tell you Mike ate the first bag in two days! Yes, he did. It was the Hot N' Spicy Pork Rinds that he loved the most. I have never seen him eat something that quick and then he started on the Bold N' Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds. He said they were very crunchy, just the way he liked them and they tasted pretty darn awesome!
If you love for your snacks to be on the spicy side, Mike says you won't be disappointed with this Pork Rind as it meets all of the snack requirements but I am just glad it is actually a healthy snack for him and not a bad one, now that I know the nutrition facts behind them.
As for me, I really loved the Original Pork Rinds because they tasted really good and was a nice alternative to other more loaded calorie snacks but I still got to enjoy a salty snack that isn't quite so bad for me. I have high cholesterol which I take medication for but because it's genetic, not much can be done about it. I have lowered it but it's still not down as low as they like but we have been trying for years to get it lower but it's stuck. So, I try hard to eat foods that have 0 cholesterol or at least the good kind.
Oh, and one more thing I almost forgot to mention, they come in a Family Sized bag! So, it will last longer or it did in our case because there is just the two of us, but if you have a bigger family, for once you might all get a good size portion before the bag is empty!
Did you know that Pork Rinds can be used in lots of different ways? I didn't until I went to their Recipe section and found all kinds of recipes! They even have one where you take chocolate chips and melt them and then dip the Pork Rinds in and then you have chocolate covered Pork Rinds! You get your sweet and salty snack for just about any occasion! I really liked this idea and decided to bring this recipe here for all of you to see:
Rudolph’s Pork Rind Encrusted CatfishNow, isn't that an interesting idea? We love Catfish and I will definitely be trying this recipe. I didn't see it until just now while I was surfing their recipes or I would have tried it already. I didn't even think about their being recipes for Pork Rinds, who would have thought?
Directions Mix eggs and milk together. In a separate bowl, combine Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds and fish breading. Dip pieces of fish in milk/egg mixture and then coat with the breading mixture. Deep fry until golden brown.
- 1 lb. Catfish filet*
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup ground or chopped Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds
- ½ cup any fish breading
- Vegetable oil for frying
*You can replace the catfish with boneless chicken breast. That’s delicious too!
By the way, Rudolph Foods has lots of other snacks too, like Louisiana Hot OnYums, and Rudolph’s Chile Limon Chicharinas.
About Rudolph Foods:
For 57 years, Rudolph Foods’ commitment to excellence has been passed from generation to generation, just like their love for flavorful, traditional pork rinds snacks.
In 1955, John Rudolph learned of an untapped market for pork rinds and the Ohio entrepreneur quickly launched his own company producing pork rinds from smoked bacon rinds.
Two years later the company would face its first big challenge, the meat industry no longer smoked the rind on the bacon. Under pressure to save their fledgling business, John’s wife, Mary, put her home economics background to work and invented a revolutionary process the company still uses today.
With Mary’s surefire recipe and John’s leadership, Rudolph Foods became a snack industry success story. Since then, John and his sons have continued to dramatically expand their business and the family tradition.
Today, the company has seven facilities in the United States and three International ventures. With more than 400 employees, Rudolph Foods has launched into new areas of the snack food industry while maintaining its presence as the nation’s leading producer of pork rinds and cracklin snacks.I also found out while digging around that they have a facility right here in Georgia! It is actually less and an hour and a half from where I live!
Connect with Rudolph Foods:
6575 Bellefontaine Road
Lima, OH 45804
Ph: 419-648-3611 ** Fax: 419-648-4087
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The awesome folks at Rudolph Foods will be giving the winner of my Under The Rainbow Giveaway Hop Event a prize package valued at $35! The event starts on March 3rd and ends on March 17th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.