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Cook your own fresh pork rinds for a real treat - pork rinds are delicious while still warm. Our pork rinds  are a "Goodness Grows in North Carolina" product.  If you have been eating cooked and bagged pork rinds from a convience or grocery store your pork rinds have probably spent 1/3 of their shelf life in the distribution system. Our microwave pork rinds have a 9 month shelf life and should not be refrigerated or frozen. In addtiion the traditional method of frying pork rinds adds significant fat to the product. Whether you microwave or bake them you are eating fresh pork rinds that have just been cooked and have 60% less fat than bagged puffed pork rinds. I personally like eating plain pork rinds and pouring a little hot sauce on each pork rind as I eat them. Microwave pork rinds also make an excellent zero carb "chip" for dips and salsa.

What folks are saying about our microwave pork rinds:

"The Best Pork Rinds I've Ever Tasted"

A healthier lower calorie snack with 65% Less Fat, 33% Less Sodium, 32 mg Less Cholesterol and 40 Less Calories per serving than traditional deep fried pork rinds.

How to Cook Pork Rinds


Our serving size is 1 ounce (about 1/4  cup or one small handful). Pour the pork rind pellets into an ordinary microwave safe paper plate.  Consider your first batch to be a test batch. This is because microwave ovens cook at different rates. Start with a time of 3 minutes and be sure to watch them puff through the glass in the front panel of the microwave appliance. When the pellets puff,  stop the microwave and note the time it took so that you can use that time for future batches.  If the pellets don't puff up all the way (it is common for 2 to 3 pellets to not cook all the way),  your microwave may not be powerful enough or it may not be producing the amount of heat you need.  We use a 1000 watt microwave in our test kitchen and have found that a 750 watt microwave will not cook pork rinds correctly.  They don't make any noise as they puff up and you want to make sure you allow about 30 seconds to cool before eating since they will be more crunchy. Store the pork rind pellets at room temperture since refrigeration may result in the pork rinds not cooking correctly. 

How to Bake Microwave Pork Rinds:

Spread as many as you want to cook at one time on a cookie sheet. Preheat over to 450 degrees F. Place in oven and cook for 5 minutes, on the first batch pay close attention since this will be the time required to cook in your over. Once tey have puffed remove the pork rinds and allow to cool.

If you have problems give us a call or send us an email and we will be glad to help you with any problems you might have.


Recommended serving size is 1/2 ounce of pork rinds or about 1 Cup when puffed. The following table compares microwave pork  rinds to several other common snack foods. For consistency 1 oz. of each product was compared.

Table is based on a 1 ounce servings of various snacks


 Nutrition  Microwave
Pork Rinds
 Potato Chips  Microwave Popcorn Tortilla Chips Dry Roasted Peanuts 
 Calories  120  153  163  134  164
 Fat Calories  30  92  107  59  116
 Total Fat  4g  10g  12g  7g  14g
 Saturated Fat  0g  3g  2g  1g  2g
 Trans Fat  0g   0g  0g  0g  0g
 Cholesterol  10mg  0mg  0mg  0mg  0mg
 Sodium 230mg  147mg  296mg  220mg  228mg
 Total Carbohydrates  0g  14g  13g  18g  8g
 Dietary Fiber  0g  1g  2g  1g  2g
 Sugars  0g  0g  0g  0g  1g
 Protein  17g  2g  2g  2g  7g
 Fullness Factor  2.8  1.1  1.2  1.6  1.7
 Glycemic Level  0  7  5  10  0

Microwave pork rind nutrition facts illustrate the value of the product as a healthier snack than many other snack products available in the market. As part of your search for a healthy snack food, compare the the microwave pork rind nutrition to your current snack foods and draw your own conclusion. One key factor that is seldom emphasized is the fullness factor of pork rinds. The impact of this factor is significant in the amount of other snack foods you will have to consume to match the fullness factor of 1 ounce of pork rinds. When you have to eat more of other snacks to reach that level of satisfaction you increase your calories, fats, carbohydrates and sodium.


COOKING WITH PORK RINDS (that's right, pork rinds aren't just for snacking anymore) 

Kickin' Garlic Dill Meatballs 

1 pound of ground chicken (or turkey)
½ pound ground pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
½ cup ground pork rinds (Chef Piggy Tail's Microwave Pork Rinds)**
1 package of Julia's Sassy Dip, Original
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper 


Combine chicken, pork, onion, pork rinds**, egg, garlic, dill, Sassy dip, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Roll into to 1 inch meatballs (will make approximately 70 meatballs).   Place meatballs on baking sheet and place in oven under broiler. Broil for approximately 8 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and add to marinara sauce. Serve over pasta or as a meatball sub.

  ** On a paper plate, cook approximately 1 ounce of Chef Piggy Tail's Microwave Pork Rinds. Cool. Put cooled pork rinds into a ziplock bag and crush with rolling pin.

Squealing Good Cookies (tastes like chocolate rice krispy treats)

8oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
5 oz microwave pork rinds, cooked and crushed


Melt together chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in crushed pork rinds.  Spread into a 9×13 pan and chill until hardened.  Cut into squares.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  No one will ever guess that it's microwave pork rinds.


Pork Rind Pizza Crust

3-4 ounces of microwave pork rinds, cooked and crushed
1/2 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese 
3 eggs, beaten

Mix ingredients together.  Spread in pan, top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Ingredients in our pork rinds are just pork and salt. Salt is used in the rendering process and acts as a natural preservative. We do not add additional salt, MSG or other preservatives to microwave pork rinds.

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