July 14th, 2009 15:53 EST
BBQ Pork Cracklin`s = Scrumptious Southern Style Satisfaction!
Boss Hog`s "BBQ Pork Cracklin`s", it simply HAD to be! We`re talking one of the most delicious snack treats on earth. These, my good friends are no mere "mass produced pork rinds," this is a sweet and salty, savory sample of Southern Style Satisfaction!
While driving along, on a wonderful trip down below the "Mason Dixon Line," I stopped at a local, road-side food stand for something to go along with my snack of Bacon Freak Bacon Jerky!
The enthusiastically friendly lady working the stand recognized the package of my Bacon Jerky and told me that the same company makes her favorite bacon and that I actually look a lot like the guy on the package.
As you can imagine, that led to a pretty interesting conversation, when out of nowhere she said, "Hey Rocco, I gotta show you something!" Out from under the counter came a Tupperware bowl and when opened the lid, it was like the gates of Heaven had just swung open.
They were what the locals called "Cracklin`s" made from award winning pork with the most awesome barbecue aroma and flavor. Now I have had "store bought" pork rinds before and I must confess, I`ve never been much of a fan, but these "Cracklin`s" were absolutely delicious.
She said her husband was getting on in years and with the preparation process being so meticulous and involved, that soon these delightfully delicious taste treats would soon be a thing of the past, unless someone with access to premium pork and a penchant for top quality gourmet snacks would be willing to make them. ... Hmmmmmm?
Introducing Boss Hog`s BBQ Pork Cracklin`s; made from the skins of our finest, award winning country hams. We meticulously prepare these fresh pork skins by first cooking them to a golden brown crispness in a pressurized vat, then a second time in a convection oven in order to dry them to perfection and seal in their flavor and crispness.
Then we carefully add our special blend of herbs and spices to give this premium pork the most impressive barbecue flavoring. Our "Cracklin`s" are so totally delicious, they can be thoroughly enjoyed simply eating them straight out of the package, but if you really want to experience the "tried and true taste" of the "Deep South," cook them up in this awesomely authentic, farm fresh cornbread recipe!
Country Cracklin` Corn Bread
1 3/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup Boss Hog`s BBQ Pork Cracklin`s
Mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and soda thoroughly in a mixing bowl.
Toss in the eggs, buttermilk and Boss Hog`s BBQ Pork Cracklin`s
Pre-heat a well greased cast iron skillet in an oven at 400 degrees for 3 minutes.
Pour batter into the hot skillet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock
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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club