Da Bo's, Tom's Mega, and Lee's Country Style - Commercial Brands

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-- On a recent trip through Mississippi we stopped and picked up these three bags of "cracklin" at a convenience store.  I've lumped the review together here because they are all, essentially, the same level of bad. 
  • Da Bo's bills itself as both "traditional" and "tender."  While "traditional" is a more subjective term, "tender" is fairly straightforward and I can assure you that these are NOT tender. 
  • Lee's Pig Skins is touted as being "country style" and "seasoned dipper." Here I'm scratching my head.  I'll leave "country style" alone and focus on "seasoned dipper."  What does that mean?  Who dips cracklin?  Anyway, they are in strips, so, I suppose, if there was something to dip them in they'd be better for it than a nugget.
  • Tom's Mega Cracklin - Let's see, how can I put this. . . . . well, Mega is defined as "large or great" and these cracklin are neither large nor great.
A trifecta of yuck!
 If you're looking for the flavor of old greasy cardboard with salt then any one of these three would fit the bill, and you'll get a little more zing from Tom's Mega Cracklin.


Price = $2.00 for between 2-3.5 ounces (which equals about $16 per lb.)
Crunch = 3 Gratons 
Meat/Fat/Skin Ratio = .03 Gratons 
Seasoning = 2 Gratons 
Presentation = 1 Gratons 
OVERALL SCORE = 1.5 Gratons 

Sold in stores around the South


  1. Personally, I love the Tom's Mega Cracklins..The Mega refers to the size of the bag ,not the actual skin..They are also the tastiest I have tried.. I give them a 10!

  2. I love the lee's country style hard to find them in Jackson TN.
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  3. My husband and I love Tom's Mega Cracklins! Great crunch and flavor.

  4. where can I buy DaBo's seasoned strips pork cracklins near Muskegon, MI?

  5. I have had all three...and Tom's by far tastes better. Way better...I didn't think my teeth were going to break off while eating them and the flavor is great!


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  7. This is also a good crackling. I love how it taste and how cracker it is. It is also one of my favorites. www.landscapingaugustaga.net

  8. just love seasoned cracklings by DaBo's can only find them periodically i Austell Ga. Help !!