Pork rinds as you have never tasted before: crisped up by a long slow bake rather than a dunk in hot oil. This is gonna be EPIC . . . literally. From those great folks in Austin who brought us one of the first actually delicious meat bars on the planet comes a crunchy Paleo snack like no other. Oven Baked Pork Rinds are the best thing to happen to snack food since, well, the original chicharrón. Enjoy them here without spices or flavorings to compete with the porky goodness. Just a shake of Himalayan Sea Salt to pair perfectly with the pork skins' umami. Which is better: baked or fried? The answer is BOTH. Yum.
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Crunch, crunch, crunch goes the pork rind! It's time to declare it: Bacon, it's time to take a backseat for a bit. We've loved you for a very long time, but way more interesting things are happening here in the Paleo world. Delicious things like ethically sourced pork rinds, slow baked to bring on the crunchy texture we adore, seasoned with the barest of flavors to let everything natural shine through. This is EPIC—literally.
EPIC has taken the most revered of animals—naturally raised, antibiotic-free pigs—and transformed them from head to tail into the most delicious and paleo-friendly snacks: pork rinds. Rather than dunking them in oil, they've slow baked each piece to give you only the best of the best: protein, natural nutrients like collagen and glycine, and just the right amount of flavorful fat.
EPIC Pork Rinds are better than pretty much any other pork rind or chicharrón out there, period. They're nearly addictive munchables that will not last long whether you are enjoying with friends or all by your happy self. Epic Pork Rinds are rich in protein, devoid of sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Make your favorite salad sing the praises of its wonderful components from egg to tomato to pure bacony goodness from these crouton-like morsels of savoriness.
Why Epic Pork Rinds are so good for you
Here's why EPIC is so excited by their innovation in baking: "EPIC’s line of baked pork rinds are developed to highlight the rich flavor of pork skins through simple seasonings and an alternative cooking technique to the industry norm of frying in pork fat. The end result is an EPIC tasting snack that contains 40% less fat per serving than the leading fried pork rinds. Enjoy this perfect lightweight snack that will melt in your mouth!"
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in Epic Pork Rinds:
When choosing your meat, pork is one animal that we can all make a difference by choosing natural, organic, and sustainably-raised. The animal has a better life and the nutrition after processing is better for humans. It's just better all around. Per Epic, "Our pigs are certified by the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards. This ensures they are raised with shelter, resting areas, and sufficient space to engage in natural behaviors!"Pork Rinds are an EPIC source of:
EPIC's story, in their own words
Oddly enough, the roots of EPIC were planted shortly after Katie and I became vegetarians. We wrongly believed that a “clean diet” was plant based and in order to replenish our bodies after hard workouts, we consumed large amounts of soy and other highly processed proteins. To compound the stress we were putting on our systems, we followed the advice of sports nutrition “experts” and prescribed to a diet that was high in carbohydrates and low in fat. As a result, we were making ourselves unintentionally sick with gastrointestinal distress and a myriad of inflammatory ailments. Not knowing what to do, we decided to go vegan and when things got worse, we decided to follow a raw food diet.
Unable to maximize our own vigor and wellness, we looked for answers in the whole foods consumed by our human ancestors. Within a week of adopting, what is now called, the "paleo diet" which emphasizes healthy animal fats, grass fed protein, and leafy vegetables, our bodies and minds radiated with exuberance. Through modifying the foods we ate, we reached exciting new levels of performance during competition as well as daily life. Within a few months Katie and I were stronger, faster, and leaner than we had ever been.
Preparing healthy meals at home was a breeze, however we quickly realized there was a lack of conveniently packaged nutrient dense animal protein when we traveled, exercised, and worked. So, we set out to create the world’s first 100% grass fed meat, fruit, and nut bar. We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Due to an ingredient label unlike anything else, EPIC epitomizes real foods and will always be humane, pasture centered, and most importantly, delicious. May you fill your life with epic adventure and epic health!
EPIC's commitment to Nourishment
EPIC products are inspired by the simple yet powerful diets of our ancestors and consistent with our unique evolutionary biology. Throughout the majority of history, our species has evolved living active lifestyles and consuming a Hunter and Gatherer diet rich in high quality meat, wholesome vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. On the contrary, modern day diets of processed foods and excessive sugar, combined with sedentary lifestyles have pushed our physiologies dangerously far from their adapted environments. By looking to the diets and lifestyles of our ancestors, we believe that evolution has much to teach us about human optimization and healthful living. EPIC products are an expression of our evolutionary biology, and allow modern day omnivores to thrive consuming a wide array of nature's bounties; just as mother nature intended.
EPIC's commitment to Animals
EPIC foods begin with a living animal. We believe that all ruminants should consume diets they were biologically intended to eat and roam freely outdoors. As a result our beef, venison, wild boar, lamb, and bison are raised on open pasture just how nature intended. We continuously strive to convert ranchers to this pasture based livestock model, and through our products, create financial incentives to help change American agriculture. Through our sourcing, we support organizations devoted to improving animal welfare standards. Our key allies are The Savory Institute, The Global Animal Partnership, The Certified Humane Project, and The Marine Stewardship Council.
EPIC's commitment to Lands
Through our partnership with The Savory Institute, EPIC is committed to global large-scale grassland restoration efforts. We believe that ranchers who operate within a holistic context are positioned to create incredibly positive impacts on their local ecosystems as well as the world at large. When managed appropriately, animals can enrich the earth by aerating the ground, fertilizing the soil, and positively shaping landscapes. Through these biodynamic ranching practices, we are learning that healthy lands create wonderful habitats for native and migratory animals, effectively hold ground water, build topsoil, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere!
EPIC's answers to all your questions
What is a Baked Pork Rind?
Start with pork skin taken from either the belly or back of a hog. This skin is softer in texture and has more subcutaneous fat when compared to the shoulder. As a result, when cooked (even baked!), these parts of the hog have a fluffy texture and are often considered “porkier” than pork “cracklings”. Additionally, pork rinds have very little meat cooked into the product. The end result is the perfect lightweight snack that has oodles of bacony flavor and a great crunch.
Are these Pork Rinds paleo?
Yes! As a matter of fact, EPIC produces the most Paleo-friendly meat stuffs available on the market, period. And pork rinds might just be the most paleo-ish of them all.