Snack Review: Lowrey’s Microwavable Pork Rinds

When it comes to foods people feel passionate about, bacon tops the list.

Nevermind its traditional role as a breakfast side, burger topper, or fat of choice for millions of chefs and chef wannabes, but bacon has – pardon the pun – absolutely saturated the foodie world. Think about it: we have bacon salt. Baconnaise. Heck, Bacon cupcakes are even all the rage these days.

Frankly, I’ve never gotten it, and have long found bacon to be overrated.

That is until now.

Lowrey's Microwavable Pork Rinds

Let me explain. A while back, the fine folks at Oberto Sausage and Meat sent me some jerky to try. Longtime readers will remember my impressions of their BBQ Pork Jerky, but among the other products they sent me was a sample from another company owned by Oberto, Lowry’s Meat Snacks. The product, you ask? Microwavable Pork Rinds. That’s right friends, bacon meets popcorn.

Lowrey's Pork Rinds

I was skeptical. I am, as many of you know, something of a health freak. Before the other night I had never even tried a regular pork rind (also known as a ‘crackling’), much less one that came from a microwavable bag. Yet struck by a youthful spirit of sodium content be damned, I finally decided to break open my microwavable bag and give these bad boys a try.

All I can say is giddyup.

Pork Rinds

The bacon/pork aroma was not only pronounced but intense, giving off the unmistakable aroma of sizzling pork fat as the bag expanded in the microwave. I say ‘expanded’ because these things don’t pop, so watching the bag carefully and following the instructions are key. I actually think I undercooked the bag, as half of my cracklings did not expand to the full size.

Microwavable Pork Rinds

Still, those which did (and those which did not) were incredibly flavorful. As someone who has never really appreciated the flavor of pork fat/bacon/whatever you wanna call it, I found the experience new and eye-opening. Yes, the preeminent flavor was salt, but I didn’t feel that it detracted from the actual taste, which was both meaty and fatty without being oily or chewy. Texture wise, these were superb. They are super airy and light, and amazingly they lack the grease which I have previously associated with and hated about bacon. The fully expanded pieces have a cheetoes-like crispiness, while the smaller pieces had a crunch almost like a kettle potato chip. In all seriousness, I could have devoured a kiddie-sized pool of these things. They were just that good.

Pork Rind

While the ingredient list on these is likely to give the whole “BlogHer” crowd nightmares (see: Pork Rinds, Salt, Maxtrin, Monosodium Glutamate, Flags, Dextrin), you could still do much worse from a nutritional angle. Heck, after all, each bag is only 210 calories and 7 grams of fat, which for my money buys you the single best salty snack experience I have ever had, like, ever. And if you feel bad about the ridiculously high sodium content? Just do like I did and eat a kiwi fruit afterwards.

Pork Rinds

Pros: Bacon flavored goodness in the microwave. No grease. 60% less fat than regular pork rinds. A truly ridiculous amount of PROTEIN. Only 3.5 carbs per bag. Great balance of crispness and crunch. I seriously have no idea why I like these so much, but they made a bacon believer out of me.

Cons: Likely just elevated me to pre-hypertension status. Hard to find in stores. Excuse me while I’m bouncing off the walls.

Price: $15.19 for Pack of 18 Bags at Amazon.com

Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10

More Info: ObertoSausageCompany.com
Nutrition Facts:
Servings Per Bag: 3.5
Calories: 60
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium 350mg
Total Carbs: Less than 1g
Protein: 9g

14 comments on “Snack Review: Lowrey’s Microwavable Pork Rinds

  1. rob says:

    With less than 1 gram of carb per serving it’s a pretty healthy snack.

  2. Sorry Adam but… EWWWW!

  3. Yum Yucky says:

    Oh my gawsh. I’m holding back the barf just from viewing the pics…..pure nastiness!

  4. Adam says:

    More like pure awsomeness! Try to have an open mind, they’re good!

  5. Kain says:

    man I wish we had these in the UK.

    We have Pork Crunch but they dont look half as nice as these!

  6. I’m in the camp of “yes please.”

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    My brother tried these a few years ago. If I remember right, he gave them the “thumbs up”.

  8. rob says:

    Unfortunately Publix doesn’t carry them … maybe the SuperTarget will have them.

    I was looking forward to getting my rind on …

  9. IBeAnonymous says:

    Ran across this article about foods Taco Bell is testing, thought you might like to see it: http://fastfood.freedomblogging.com/2009/10/07/taco-bell-testing-cupcakes-smoothies/35977/

  10. Costigan says:

    Personally I hate these “regular” pork rinds but I tried the Lowreys Spicy chicarrones and they were freaking great. But I do love spicy pork rinds in the first place.

  11. Jesse says:

    Wow, food engineers will never fail to astound me. Microwavable pork rinds? Really?

    I’m getting a bit sick of pop corn, so I may have to give these a try. I hope they make their way to movie theaters.

  12. Jake says:

    I have been a fan since i tasted my first chicharrones. The ones I like are homemade, no preservatives. The closest ones to this that i know of were when I got the ones from a 70 years old family store near my place in LA at http://www.gaytanfoods.com

  13. germain says:

    were can i buy microwave pork rinds in canada