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Like Pork Rinds … Dove Hunting
is a Family Affair

This year marks the 50th year that my dad and I have gone dove hunting. And believe me when I say it was just as special this year … as ever.

There is no way to explain just how important the opening day of dove hunting season is in Texas – and the opening day of our 50th year hunting together was no exception. For me, it’s about family more so than the actual sport of hunting.
Nostalgia hits me every time I see the sun come up over the trees. And the frost … The frost on that Texas grass really is something of an oxymoron, as it happens on just a handful of days throughout the year. At 80 years old, my dad loves reminiscing and bonding with Sarah, my youngest daughter. There aren’t too many opportunities like that anymore so I really take advantage of times like those.
It makes me feel lucky to a part of a close-knit Texan family — with such amazing girls that care so deeply about each other and our whole family. How do pork rinds fit into all of this? We are Texas. Rudolph’s and Southern Recipe are at every hunting season, table, cookout and get together. Now it’s your turn. Tell us how you spend time with your pork rind lovin’ family …
Mark Singleton
Rudolph Foods

5 Reasons Why We Love Truck Drivers

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 14-20. This is the time to slam on the brakes and acknowledge some of the hardest working men and women in America. We’re revving up our pork rind engines to holding a special Dig My Rig Contest to showcase some of these warriors of the road. By voting for your favorite truck you are automatically entered to win a bunch of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds yourself! In the meanwhile, check out some of the reasons why our heroes of the blacktop deserve honks all around.

  • Truck drivers connect us. Trucks deliver roughly 70% of all US commodities (that includes cracklins too). They are the common link between us and the food on our families’ plates.
  • Truck drivers live to work. Ask any truck driver and they will say that trucking is a lifestyle. They know their job is demanding, but even with the long hours and time away from family, they keep trucking because they love to see sights some people may never see in their lifetime.
  • They make straight A’s. These are licensed professionals who are evaluated on their driving, safety and mileage everyday. They are only allowed on the road alone when they have been certified in the mechanics, safety and systems of their rig.
  • Are we there yet? The average person drives up to 40 miles in a day. The average truck driver drives nearly 600 miles a day – that’s 15 times more. You might ask, “are we there yet?,” when a truck driver says, “we’re just getting started!”
  • Truck drivers made it to the silver screen. Truck driving is a huge part of American culture, so no wonder this career has been showcased in several Hollywood hits! Must have movies for truck drivers include Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg, Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds, Breaker! Breaker!, starring Chuck Norris, and many more.

Crunch on some good ol’ Rudolph’s Bold & Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds (if you don’t have ‘em, buy some here) and don’t forget to vote for your fav Dig My Rig truck today.

Rudolph Foods Pork Rind Snacks

Rudolph’s Sweet Over-the-Road Recipe

You’ll “sweeten” up your drive when you make this Rudolph’s Pork Rind Delight recipe! It’s an easy and delicious truck driver snack for the long haul.


Sweet Pork Rind Delight

  • 6 ounces Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter, melted



Place Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds in a large baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and powdered sugar. Drizzle melted butter over the pork rinds while shaking the dish to evenly distribute the butter on all sides of the pork rinds. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and powdered sugar, stirring to coat evenly. Place pork rinds back in their original bag, clip and take on your next road trip!

Secret to Satisfying that Mid-Day Craving.

A recent study showed that Americans snack the most between 2 and 5 PM. Some snack for an indulgent treat, others are looking for something to hold them over until dinner … whatever your reason, choose snacks with protein to help keep you from over-eating. The secret is that protein helps keep your stomach feeling fuller longer … that’s why eating Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds with 9 grams of protein per serving helps crunch your cravings. Rinds have more protein per serving than an egg or peanuts! And as an added bonus, these crunchy rinds have zero carbs and zero trans fats. So snack away, America, with Rudolph’s Pork Rinds.
Add protein and flavor to your plate by checking out rind lovin’ recipes below. Try any of Rudolph’s Pork Rind flavors – Original, Hot & Spicy and Chile & Lime – in your cooking today!

Add a Little Crunch to Your Grill

Flame up flavor on the grill this Memorial Day with a new twist to your burger! Add your favorite Rudolph’s Pork Rinds to this Beefy Pork Rind Burger recipe and savor a flavor your taste buds will always remember. And if that’s not enough to fill your man-sized taste, crush up Rudolph’s Bold & Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds and use them as a seasoning! Grill on.


Beefy Pork Rind Burgers




  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck (or other lean ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup Rudolph’s Pork Rinds—crushed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


In a large bowl, mix beef with pork rinds, egg, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Divide into 4, form into patties and grill.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

The crack of a bat and the crunch of a rind, two sounds a man never gets tired of. Baseball season is underway and no snack tastes better while watching the game than Rudolph’s Pork Rinds. Don’t strike out with high-carb snacks, score with an out-of-the-park favorite, Rudolphs Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds! Add ‘em to your wings in this recipe for a spicy kick that’s sure to be a homerun.



pork rind chicken wings

Rudolph’s Hot and Spicy Pork Rind Chicken Wings

  • • 3 bags of Rudolph’s Hot and Spicy Pork Rinds
  • • 3 lbs of fresh chicken wings
  • • 3 eggs


Crush one bag of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds at a time in your food processor until they are a fine crumb. Place the crumbs in bowl. In another bowl, beat 3 eggs. Dip the chicken wings in the eggs then coat with pork rind crumbs and fry until cooked. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain extra grease then layer them in a baking pan with your favorite hot sauce. Broil for 5 minutes to re-crisp and serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

A Healthy Taste for Nutrition Month

This month we’re serving up a snack-food alternative! In honor of National Nutrition Month we’re reminding our rind lovin’ fans that all of your favorite Rudolph’s Pork Rinds have 0g carbs and 0g trans fat … because eating healthier doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste. So for your next party, skip the potato chips with 15 grams of carbs and try the healthier choice … pork rinds of course! Try this easy Guacamole Dip – a perfect compliment to Rudolph’s Bold and Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds.


Guacamole Dip with Pork Rinds Recipe

  • 1 bag Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4–5 green onions, chopped fine
  • 1 small tomato, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce, optional


Mash avocados with a fork. Add finely chopped green onions and tomatoes. Blend with avocados. Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and hot sauce and mix well.

Serve with Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds or Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds!

Snacking Since 1955

Rudolph's Original Pork Rinds

America loves to snack. In fact, almost all Americans admit to snacking daily. What are you snacking on? We betcha it’s pork rinds!


It’s National Snack Food Month, which means we’re celebrating with our favorite and most popular snack food, Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds. This recipe has been in our family for more than five decades … we think you’ll agree nobody makes better tasting pork rinds. Looking for a perfect compliment to Rudolph’s Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds? Try this Fresh Tomato Salsa Dip … a delicious, low carb recipe that’s easy to make and sure to please your daily crunch.




Pork Rind Appreciation Day is almost here … Are you ready for a pig skin party?!



Pork Rind Appreciation Day is Big Game Sunday. While everyone is gathered around the TV watching wild horses trying to outscore some angry sea birds, make sure your guests have a spread of pork rinds, pork cracklins, and pork rind inspired appetizers to enjoy … because nothing goes better with pig skin than pig skins.


To make planning your party a snap, here are a few of our favorite gameday recipes:


Bean Beer Dip


Hot and Spicy Pork Rind Chicken Wings


Luau Pig Poppers


Chicharrones Quesadillas



Add a Little Crunch to Your Holidays!

Is your Ho, Ho, Ho turning into Ho, Ho, Hum? Then we’ve got a few tips to put a little crunch back into your Holidays.
1. Skip the string of popcorn around the tree. Beef it up (or should we say, pork it up) with a string of Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds. For added color, alternate every other rind with a Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds. Just be aware that Santa may oblige your decorations while visiting.

2. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care? Not if you stuff them with assorted OnYums, Rudolph’s Cracklins and our newest Cheesy Jalapeño Curls. Save the fuzzy socks and this year make your stockings man-sized!

3. Leaving cookies for Santa is so 1800’s. Leave a plate of Rudolph’s Chocolate Covered Pork Rinds and the old Jolly One just might give you what you have been wishing for … Rudolph’s Pork Rind Pellets! There’s nothing fresher than popping your own rinds Christmas morning!


Rudolph Foods Chocolate Covered Pork Rinds

  • 1 bag of Rudolph’s Original Pork Rinds
  • 12 oz. of your favorite premium chocolate chips


Set up a double boiler: Heat a large saucepan filled with water over high heat; once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer. Set a heat resistant bowl on top of the simmering water. Add your chocolate and stir until completely melted.

Cover two sheet pans with wax paper. Dip each Rudolph’s Pork Rind into the melted chocolate, turning if necessary to coat the rinds on all sides. Shake well to remove extra chocolate, and transfer to the lined sheet pan. Repeat with entire bag of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds.

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