I’ve never had pork rinds and I wanted to try pork rinds. So I bought El Sabroso brand Pork Cracklins. It’s Fried Out Pork Fat With Attached Skin, Salsa Packet Included. Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it. When you open the bag and take a whiff you can smell salt and meat. Each pork cracklin is salty, crunchy, and crispy. I tried a few without the salsa first and they were quite delightful. The taste and texture reminds me of a corn nut combined with popcorn and the blackest part of burnt bacon. It took me about five minutes to think of a good enough analogy to describe the flavor, so you better appreciate that. I wasn’t sure how to use the salsa. Should I pour it in the bag with the pork cracklins or should I use a little ramekin or dipping bowl? I ended up dumping some cracklins on a plate and pouring the salsa over some and leaving a pool for dipping. The salsa doesn’t make them better per se, but it does soften them up a little and makes them more spicy. They are good with or without the salsa, and the salsa seems to be kind of messy and unnecessary. It doesn’t seem like a convenient snack to eat on the go. They are good though. I know that I like pork rinds now. You should try them if you are unsure of your pork rind status. Just remember that they aren’t kosher.
Critically Rated at 13/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young