Pork Cracklings (Torresmo)

Fried pork rinds are an essential accompaniment to certain Brazilian dishes, such as the national dish feijoada. Torresmo are also a popular bar snack.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. pork belly
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tsp. salt, divided

Directions

  • Cut the meat from the fat and reserve for another use. Cut the fat into 1" × 2" pieces. Toss the pieces with the lime juice and 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Add the pork fat to a heavy pot and cook over high heat. Stir to ensure even cooking. As the fat melts, the cracklings will cook in the rendered fat. Cook until well browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cracklings to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Season with remaining teaspoon salt.