Crispy Crackling Bites – Pork Scratchings

Crispy Crackling Bites. They are salty crispy bites of amazingness! Do you remember the pork scratching you could buy in pubs, these are a homemade version and they are sooooooo good! | Sprinkles and Sprouts

These Crispy Crackling Bites are the perfect game day snack. These are salty crispy bites of amazingness! They are essentially homemade pork scratching, so packed with porky salty flavors. Plus they are naturally gluten free and perfect for the Keto diet.

Metal tray with a beer, white napkin and a bowl of crackling bites.

The game is almost over, there are friends on every chair and sofa and the air is tight. This is the deciding game and everyone has an opinion on the team and tactics.
To say the atmosphere is tense is an understatement. At times you could hear a pin drop and at others there are deafening roars as everyone projects their opinions towards the screen.

As final time is called there are some differences of opinion flying around the room. 
You decide to calm the air, a bowl of crackling bites and bottles of beer…..a group of friends laughing. Celebrating and commiserating, all united over pork and beer! 

Real close up on a piece of pork crackling, showing the crisp bubbles.

These porky salty bites! Seriously you are going to LOVE them!!!! And they are perfect for serving to friends.

Imagine the faces of all your friends when you serve up what is really the best bit of roast pork 😉 Pour a nice glass of beer or cider and dig in to these crispy crackling bites.

They are so simple to make and being carb free, they are great for those on the Keto, paleo or Atkins diet.

How do you make Pork Scratchings at home?

The beautiful part about these is they take a cheap ingredient and turn it into something that is so moorish that you may have to monitor the bowl so no fights break out…..the last piece of crackling is a valuable thing! If you have cut the rind off a joint to put in the slow cooker, then this is a way to use that up. Or you can buy pork rind in the supermarket. It usually comes rolled up and is about $3 a kilo! It is such good value!

I take an unconventional step and poach my rind first. I find this removes some of the fat, which once they are roasted helps them to keep their crunch and makes them easier to crisp up in the oven…..Well it does as long as you dry the bites really well after poaching, then you can still get perfect crackly bites.

Close up on the bubbles on the crispy crackling bites


Enjoy x

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table view showing the wooden table, metal tray, beer and bowl of crackling
5 from 8 votes

Crispy Crackling Bites

These Crispy Crackling Bites are the perfect game day snack. These are salty crispy bites of amazingness! They are essentially homemade pork scratching, so packed with porky salty flavors. Plus they are naturally gluten free and perfect for the Keto diet.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 25
Calories 108 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


  • 2 lb pork rind
  • 3 cup boiling water (see notes)
  • sea salt


  1. Cut the pork rind into 20-25 bite sized pieces.
  2. Place the water in a saucepan and add the pork rinds. If they are not covered add more boiling water to ensure they are all covered.

  3. Bring the water back to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and cook the rind for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Drain the rind and tip it onto cooking paper. Pat it until it is super super dry.
  5. Place it to one side. At this point you can refrigerate it until you want to make your bites. Keep it uncovered in the fridge to help it to dry out.
  6. Pre-heat the 400ºF/200ºC.

  7. Line a baking sheet with some cooking paper and lay the pork rind pieces out in a single layer.
  8. Roast in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes, then flip all the pieces and roast for a further 10 minutes.
  9. Check your rind to ensure all the pieces are crispy. Often I find there are a few that still have a bit of softness to them. So I will remove the crispy ones and leave the softer ones in for a further 5-10 minutes.
  10. Remove the bites from the oven and drain on more cooking paper.
  11. Sprinkle with sea salt to serve.
  12. I usually serve these once they have cooled. But they are great straight from the oven.

Recipe Notes

If you aren't worried about the carbs you can poach these in apple juice.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Crackling Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 366mg 15%
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Reply

    This recipe looks so good! I saw a huge version of this at a Latino grocery in California. You could have made a pizza on it!

    1. Reply

      WOW!!! Pork crackling pizza…..Yum 😉

  2. Reply

    I will be dreaming of these all day today. Love this kind of stuff and I didn’t realize it was so easy to make!!

    1. Reply

      It really is so simple to make at home and soooooo yummy 😀

    • Jenn
    • June 6, 2018

    Love it Claire! Sending this to my keto friends, they’re going to flip over this crazy easy recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jenn, isn’t it just the best!!!

    • Amanda Finks
    • June 6, 2018

    Love the saltiness and crunchy texture of this snack recipe! So good!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Amanda, it is a bit of an addictive snack isn’t it!

    • Helene
    • June 5, 2018

    Where have those been all my life?! awesome idea!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, crackling is just the best isn’t it 😉

  3. Reply

    Love the texture of these cracklin’s! Salty snacks are my favorite for viewing parties. These sound fun and tasty!

    • Dad
    • December 23, 2015

    Make sure you have plenty of these in from 11 January!

    1. Reply

      Will do 🙂
      I must write stuff down!!! I thought you arrived on the 9th!

  4. Reply

    Whenever I’m in the UK I always treat myself to a packet of pork crackling from M&S. We always fight over the crackling when I do a roast – it’s the best bit isn’t it?

    1. Reply

      Good old M&S!!!!
      Definitely the best bit!

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