Homemade Cracklings for Crackling Bread

by Alice Owens
(Fluvanna County, VA)

I grew up in rural Virginia, where we often had crackling bread. We did not have our own hogs but neighbors who did always shared.

Does anyone know how to create a similar "crackling" at home from pork fat/skin that would make this ole time bread?

From time to time I have purchased "cracklings" in a local grocery store, but they don't work. They are just hard and tasteless. the cracklings I remember seemed to melt in the cornbread...

Thanks in advance

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Feb 04, 2014
Homemade Cracklings
by: Theodora

Here is my recipe for Homemade Cracklings

1 1/2 lbs. of whole rind from a pork shoulder or pork belly
1/3 cup sea salt
Cayenne pepper (optional)
brown sugar (optional)


Cut the pork rind into (1/4-inch) thick strips. Bring a pot filled half with salted-water to a rolling-boil. Add in the pork-strips, and boil for 1-minute. Remove from heat. Rinse well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange pork-strips on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle on top with sea salt, and cayenne (if spicy cracklings), and a little brown sugar (for a sweet, salty, bacony taste).

Bake homemade cracklings for about 25 to 30-minutes, or until golden-crisp, flip them a few times to make sure they cook evenly.

Remove crackling pieces from the oven. Drain cracklings on paper-towels, or on clean newspapers, and cool.

Store your homemade cracklings in an airtight container.

Give my recipe a try and let me know what you think by posting your comments here.


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