Pork rinds may be a quick, grab-and-go gas station snack, but these crackling puffs are far more complicated than their plastic packaging implies. The laborious preparation process involves boiling the pork skin until tender, drying it in a dehydrator or oven for hours, and finally deep-frying it. This makes the skins puff up and gives them that pleasant crunch.
If deep-fried pork skins aren't decadent enough, push the fat content right over the edge and try Right Proper Brewing Company’s pork rind nachos ($11). They're exactly what they sound like— pork rinds piled high with pulled pork, roasted tomato, sour cream jalapeños, scallions, and cheese sauce.
The restaurants below are also giving the king of the snack world the status it deserves. They're adding a fancy flair to create a sought-after bar bite or appetizer. Here are 10 upscale variations of pork rinds that put the bagged variety to shame.Read More