My girlfriend Jennifer, she's so good to me. Knowing I'm always searching for alternate chip snacks and fewer carbs, she bought me some pork rinds to try.
I'm a fan of pork rinds, I love them straight out of the bag, I've tried just about every flavor variety available, and I've even gotten creative with them, using original rinds as a base for nachos instead of tortilla chips. Putting a spin on the nachos angle I've got a recipe for BBQ nachos, featuring BBQ rinds, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce. I've also ground pork rinds up to use as a breading for fried chicken and fish.
But my Chicharrones experience has been limited to the off-the-shelf bagged varieties of the snack delight. In full disclosure, I had no idea there was such a thing as microwaveable pork rinds, and that's what Jennifer recommended and purchased for me to try.
Enter, Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds (Chicharrones)
Not unlike microwave popcorn in preparation concept, all you have to do is remove the plastic over-wrap, unfold and shake the bag a few times, microwave per the package instructions and in 1-2 minutes you've got a great snack!
Lowrey's touts how hot and crispy their pork rinds are on the packaging, and they are indeed hot and crispy! These are SO much better than any off-the-shelf bagged pork rind product, and I sampled the original variety! The Lowry product beats the pants off of even the flavored varieties of standard, off-the-shelf chicharrones. Hot right out of the bag, I feared they wouldn't be as crispy as the regular bagged stuff due to steam, but these things ROCK! They have a superior crunch and they're hot like they had just come out of the fryer.
At 80 calories per serving (3.5 servings per bag), 6 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of carbohydrate, and ZERO grams of sugar, the nutritional stats indicate why these are a great alternative to a traditional chip snack. They are a bit high in sodium count at 480mg per serving, so if you're watching your sodium intake, you probably don't want to eat a whole bag in one sitting.
The 1.75-ounce bag microwaves to a HUGE amount of pork rinds! That's a recommended 3.5 servings, but damn they're good! I ate the whole bag when sampling, a 240-ish calorie snack, TASTY!
Available on Amazon for $8.99 for a box of 6, 1.75-ounce bags, I'm giving Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, the per bag cost breaks down to $1.49 each, cheaper than you'll find off-the-shelf stuff at a convenience store, you get more rinds, and they're hot chicharrones, not room temp! These are definitely repeat-buy worthy and I look forward to trying Lowrey's spicy variety, which Jennifer surprised me with in an additional Amazon delivery.
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