National Pork Rind Appreciation Day is celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday each year. Time to grab a bag of pork rinds and settle in for a fun day!
Pork rinds have found renewed popularity because they can be included in a Paleo and Ketogenic diet plan. This gives those following the plans another reason to celebrate this national day.
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my National Day’s Guide for more interesting days to celebrate.
What are pork rinds?
Pork rinds are crispy snack chips that have been made from deep fried pieces of pig skin.
Pork rinds are made by cutting pig skin into squares and boiling them in a pot of water for about an hour. The skins are then drained and chilled for four hours or more to solidify the fat.
Once the fat has solidified, it is scraped off the skins and they are dehydrated in an oven at a low temperature for about 10 hours.
Since the fat has been rendered during this process, the pork rinds are then deep fried to give them their crispy texture.
History of National Pork Rind Appreciation Day
Pork Rind Appreciation Day started in 2011 when Rudolph Foods (the largest manufacturer of Pork Rinds) declared the day a National Day.
As well as starting the day, Rudolph Foods agreed to make charitable donations in return for online support of the day. Thousands of consumers supported the idea of the national day and Ohio governor John Kasich also issued a letter of support in 2012.
The day is celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday each year, which is only fitting, since pork rinds are a popular game day snack.
Fun facts about pork rinds
Brush up on your knowledge of pork rinds with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!
- Nutritionally, pork rinds contain 9 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein and contain no carbohydrates.
- In Brazil, pork rinds are called torresmo.
- Thailand’s version of pork rinds are called khaep mu.
- Since pork rinds have no carbs, they make an ideal keto diet snack.
- The Mexican variety of pork rinds are known as chicharrons.
- President George Bush is known for his fondness of pork rinds.
- Westminster, Ohio, with a population 300, is known as the ”Pork Rind Capital of the World.”
- Another early version of the pork rind is pig cracklings. They have long been popular in the southern states of the USA.
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How to celebrate National Pork Rind Appreciation Day
Would you like to celebrate National Pork Rind Appreciation Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
- Tell your friends about the day by wearing a pork rind T-shirt.
- Head to your grocery store to discover what variety of pork rinds are available. They come in many flavors. Some are pizza flavored and some have sour cream and onion coatings. They come in many flavors, just like other snack chips.
- But don’t drink too much, or you might end up celebrating National Football Hangover Day, the day after Super Bowl.
- Plan a Super Bowl party and be sure to include pork rinds in your menu.
- Honor the day by wearing a pork rind apron as you prepare the big game snacks.
- Make a big batch of guacamole to use as a dipping sauce for your pork rinds.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationalporkrindappreciationday. Here is a tweet to get you started:
Recipes using pork rinds
One of the best ways to celebrate National Pork Rind Appreciation Day is to use them in low carb recipes.
Here are some creative ideas:
More national days in February
There are close to 2000 National Days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the February food holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these National Days this Month:
- Super Chicken Wing Day – also celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday each year.
- National Pistachio Day – serve a big bowl for game day.
- National Tortilla Chip Day – get some recipes using this popular chip.
- National Chili Day – another tasty treat that is served at tailgating parties.
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