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Pork Rind Recipe from Swig & Swine with Tabasco Honey & Blue Cheese

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Swig and Swine’s Chef Anthony DiBernardo recently shared their pork rind recipe, shedding light on a process that has long been a mystery to pork rind lovers everywhere.

This dish is a staple on the Swig and Swine menu and, of course, pork rinds are a common sight in BBQ restaurants across SC. However, this is the first pork rind recipe that we have run across adapted for the home cook by an SC barbecue restaurant.

Swig & Swine Pork Rinds

Most of the rinds we’ve seen cooked have been on a whole hog, over the pit, puffed quickly with direct heat at the end of the cook. Obviously, that’s not practical for those of you at home.

That said, this pork rind recipe is not exactly a quick process either.

Swig & Swine’s recipe involves several, distinct stages and requires at least two days.

Pork Rind Recipe: Day 1

In the first stage, you will prep the pork skin by submerging and boiling. After boiling, you’ll cool and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

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Once cooled, you’ll scrape away the fat from the skin, being cautious to avoid tearing the skin.

Once cleaned, you’ll need to dehydrate the skin in your oven overnight, with the temperature set at the lowest setting.

This should cause the skin to become dry, brown, and brittle. That’s not a mistake; it’s what Swig & Swine’s pork rind recipe calls for.

Dried Pork Skin Pieces
Dried Pork Skin Pieces

When you reach that stage of dryness, you’ll break the skin into pieces roughly 1-inch square. You can keep these pieces on the counter in an airtight container for up to two days.

The drying stage is a good time to make the Tabasco Honey. Simply mix the two ingredients and set aside for the freshly cooked rinds.

Day 2

To cook the pork rinds, simply heat a few inches of peanut oil (or lard) to just under 400°. Add the pork skins pieces, one piece at a time, to the heated oil.

The skin should puff and crisp in just a few seconds. It may take up to 15 seconds but use your best judgment

Fried Pork Rind
Fried Pork Rind

So, really, it’s not that complicated. Boil, cool, scrape, and dehydrate the skin. Break into pieces. Cook in hot oil. Enjoy.

That’s it really. Don’t be daunted by the idea. You can make this pork rind recipe.

If you want to try “the real thing” first, check them out at Swig & Swine. They currently have several locations in the Charleston area: West AshleyMt. Pleasant, and Summerville.

Swig and Swine’s Pork Rind Recipe with Tabasco Honey & Blue Cheese

Swig and Swine’s Pork Rind Recipe with Tabasco Honey & Blue Cheese

Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Dehydrating Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes

Chef Anthony DiBernardo's pork rinds are amazing. Crispy, salty, sweet, spicy...the perfect start to a great BBQ or just a delicious snack any time.


  • 1 pork skin, large piece, trimmed of excess fat and nipples if present
  • 4 cups lard, and/or peanut oil, for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese crumbles
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, ground, to taste


Preparing Pork Skin

  1. Place pork skin in a large pot and cover with water. Weigh down with a plate to submerge. 
  2. Bring to boil over low heat and cook until skin is soft and pliable, but not falling apart and water is white, approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Carefully remove the skin with a slotted spoon and arrange it in an even layer, with no folds, on a cooling rack placed over a sheet pan. Place in refrigerator and cool completely, approximately 2 hours.
  4. Once the skin is cold, use a spoon or bench scraper to remove all subcutaneous fat, being careful not to tear the skin.
  5. Return to the cooling rack set over a sheet pan. 
  6. Set oven to the lowest possible setting, around 200 degrees, and dehydrate skin overnight until dry, brown, and brittle.
  7. Break skin into 1-inch square pieces.

Make Honey-Tabasco Sauce

  1. Mix honey and Tabasco until combined.
  2. Set aside for later use.

Cooking the Rinds

  1. Heat deep-sided pot with 4 inches of lard or peanut oil (or a combination) to 385– 400 degrees.
  2. Fry one square at a time until puffy and crispy, about 15 seconds.
  3. Remove from oil and place on a paper-towel-lined tray.
  4. Drizzle Honey-Tabasco mixture on hot rinds. 
  5. Finish with crumbled blue cheese.


Note: Squares can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days before frying.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 12 rinds
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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