Food & Nutrition

Pork scratchings are high in protein, low in fat, and tasty. Here are 5 that we love

Published by Finn Hayden

Pork scratchings often get a bad rap as pub food which can only be enjoyed after a few pints of beer, but we think that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, there are lots of pork scratchings out there which don't taste great, but a number of exciting brands have emerged which are taking this pub classic to the next level.

We wanted to highlight the best pork scratchings that we've found and tried, let's get into it:

OINK pork scratchings BBQ

When you find pork scratchings stocked in John Lewis, you can be pretty sure that they're going to be good quality. We really enjoyed these pork scratchings from OINK - seasoned with a delicious smoky BBS coating, you still get the lovely pork taste and a great crunch, but with a nice bit of BBQ flavouring too. These go great with a beer, learn more and buy them here -

OINK pork scratchings

The Snaffling Pig Co pork scratchings

Viewers of Dragon's Den might recognise this brand from an episode of the show back in 2016, when they successfully gained investment from the founder of Moonpig. The team at The Snaffling Pig Co makes a variety of pork scratchings, including some really interesting flavours, but we think the standard salted variety is absolutely perfect when paired with a refreshing beer. This flavour has won a star in the Great Taste Awards, and although you might like to try one of the fancier flavours from this brand such as the Maple flavour, we'd recommend the Salted variety. Learn more and buy them here -

The Snaffling Pig Co pork scratchings

Openshaws Pork Scratchings

If you like to buy pork scratchings at the pub, you may have seen the Openshaws brand before, particularly in the slightly fancier pubs. These pork scratchings are lightly salted and made using British pork. Openshaws is a family brand, and the family has been making pork scratchings for more than 40 years, so they really know what they're doing. The methods used to cook and season these scratchings have been handed down through the generations, and according to the family, very little has changed about the way they make their pork scratchings. We'd say these are very traditional pork scratchings, which also means they're very salty. For this reason, giving the bag a good shake before tucking in is recommended. Learn more and buy them here -

Openshaws pork scratchings

Mr. Porky Original Scratchings

Mr. Pork is the biggest pork scratchings brand in the UK, and we can definitely understand why - the scratchings from this brand are delicious and simple. Always triple cooked and made in small batches, both the taste and texture are delicious and very moreish. The seasoning used to give these pork scratchings their taste is deliciously salty. Learn more and buy it here -

Mr Porky

The Real Pork Co crispy crackling

If you haven't tried crackling before, it's very similar to pork scratchings and is also made from pork rind, it's just slightly crispier. This crackling from The Real Pork Co is delightfully crunchy and just has a very slightly salty taste. It's also made with no MSG and contains no artificial flavours or colours.Every piece is double cooked and always cooked in small batches which really adds to the quality of this product. If you're looking for a different type of pork scratching to enjoy, we'd highly recommend these. Learn more and buy them here -

The Real Pork Co

Midland Snacks Pork Scratchings

We love how simple the packaging of these pork scratchings from Midlands Snacks is, but don't mistake the bland packaging for a bland packaging - eagle-eyed readers may have noticed the Great Taste award logo on the front of the packaging. Made using traditional methods and always made using Shank rind, these have a very satisfying crunch and are deliciously salty and moreish. Like many of the other products we've included in this list, these pork scratchings are cooked in small batches. Learn more and buy them here -

Midland Snacks pork scratchings

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find some tasty pork scratchings to try. If you're interested in similar guides, check out our guide to the best beef jerky you can buy.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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