Food Fun: BLT Sandwich Or BLT Lettuce Cups With Chicharrones

[1] BLT Chicharrónes Lettuce Cups. What look like croutons are crumbled chicharrónes (photos #1 and #2 © 4505 Meats).

[2] Chicharrónes. Crumble them for the lettuce cups or sandwich.

[3] BLT Pancakes. Here’s the recipe (photo © Tiegen Gerard | Wisconsin Cheese).

[4] BLT Polenta. Here’s the recipe (photo © Melissa’s Produce).


April is National BLT Sandwich Month. While we have quite a collection of BLT recipes, here’s something new: a BLT sandwich or BLT lettuce cups with chicharrónes, otherwise known as fried pork rinds. 4505 Meats, which created the recipe, calls it a BLCT: bacon, chicharrónes, lettuce, and tomato.

We love both the chicharrónes and the snack sticks from 4505 Meats.

We also like the fun of this sandwich, which adds chicharrón crunch to the lettuce in a BLT sandwich. Or, skip the carbs and make BLT lettuce cups.

National BLT Day is July 22nd, and National Pork Rinds Day is Super Bowl Sunday.

> There are more unusual BLT recipes below.

> Homemade pork rinds recipe.


This recipe uses 4505 Jalapeño Cheddar Chicharrónes. IOther 4505 flavors include Classic Chili & Salt, En Fuego, Sea Salt, and Smokehouse BBQ.

To turn the lettuce cups into sandwiches, simply toast your bread of choice.


  • 5 strips bacon, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 romaine spears
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes cubed
  • 2 tbsp. your favorite mayonnaise
  • 2 cups of 4505 Jalapeño Cheddar Chicharrónes broken into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. ARRANGE the romaine spears on a plate and spread each spear with a little mayo.

2. PLACE a strip of bacon into each romaine spear.

3. SEASON the cubed tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste and spoon into each lettuce spear, over the bacon. Top with bite-sized pieces of jalapeno cheddar chicharrónes.

4. SERVE as cups, or spread the toasted bread with more mayo and sandwich the romaine spears between two slices.



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