Last Updated: Apr 27, 2023 @ 10:56 am.

What are the best pork rinds? To find out, we did a blind taste test with nine major brands. Which had the best crunch? Most spicy zing? What about those microwave pork rinds? Here are the ones we recommend.

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Finding the best pork rinds!

It was a tough job. But someone had to do it.

When we decided to set out to find the best pork rinds, we decided a blind taste test is always best. We gathered up the pork rind enthusiasts here at the home office and munched down on several major brands.

Before we get to the winners, first a bit of pork rind 101. How are these tasty snacks made? 

Pork rinds, (also known as chicharrones) are made of pig skin. I know, sounds weird, but true. The skin is first cooked in boiling water, then the fat is removed. They are dried out in a low-temperature oven for a day, then finally fried in hot oil (although one of our recommendations is actually baked). Pork rinds then puff up into delightful, airy snacks to which salt and other flavorings are added.

For keto and paleo aficionados, pork rinds are a great snack. Of course, they’re yummy even if you aren’t on a special diet!

Here are the pork rinds that won our taste tests!

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Best Hot and Fresh Pork Rinds

Like microwave popcorn
What's better than pork rinds? Fresh and warm pork rinds! We loved these rinds, which are perfect for movie night! Be sure to shake them up and watch them carefully so they don't burn.
$15.63 ($1.49 / Ounce)

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Best Name Brand Pork Rinds

Not too spicy
Wow! Just enough chile and salt flavor and made from humanely-raised pork, these crispy, crunchy bites make for a great snack.
$21.00 ($3.00 / Ounce)

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Best Baked Pork Rinds

40% less fat
Baked instead of fried, these pork rinds are crunchy but not oily. Great for folks trying to limit fat intake. Caveat: a few of our testers thought they were too dry.
$17.99 ($1.80 / Ounce)

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Best Lunch Box Pork Rinds

Perfect size for travel
At just over 1/2 oz., these single serving bags are perfect for your lunch box. Of the two flavors, our testers liked the spicy version best.
$17.69 ($1.19 / Ounce)

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