Ray's Grocery - Opelousas

Salt seasoned cracklins at Ray's Grocery in Opelousas.
Ray's Grocery on Short Vine in Opelousas is, essentially, just a boudin & cracklin hut.  They sell two boudin recipes (Billy's and Ray's) and they sell two cracklin recipes too (one is seasoned and one only has salt).  We sampled the fully seasoned gratons and found them to be excellent in flavor and heat.  The large chunks contained plenty of skin, fat, and meat which was crunchy, but still had that soft interior we like.  Perhaps the only downside to these gratons was that they were not warm.  Although they kept them in a warmer they came out only at room temperature.  Get'em hot from the fryer and these would be hard to beat.

Large and crisp cracklin from Ray's.

Fully seasoned cracklin both in and out of their pan.
THE LOW-DOWN
Price = $12.99 per lb.
Crunch = 4.5 Gratons
Meat/Fat/Skin Ratio = 5 Gratons
Seasoning = 4.5 Gratons
Presentation = 3 Gratons

OVERALL SCORE = 4 Gratons

LOCATION 
904 Short Vine Street
Opelousas, LA 70570-7377
(337) 942-9150

3 comments:

  1. The crackling at Rays are da best.

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  2. My husband travels to Opelousas for work and he always brings some of Ray's home. We live in Michigan and wish they would ship!

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  3. J and D SF Bay AreaAugust 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Got some seasoned today....meaty and tasty but a bit dry.

    Thanks for this web site! Made our cracklin huntin a bit easier.

    Our day started with a disappointment....the King of Cracklin was on vacation....long drive from California only to find him gone. :>(. Still think he (Rocky Sonnier) makes da very best.

    Cheers!

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