Jersey Boy Pork Roll

• History of Pork Roll •

New Jersey diners are an institution known all over the country. Books have been written on the subject. One thing is for certain, you would be hard pressed to find a New Jersey diner that doesn't have pork roll on the menu. It is almost always fried and the favorite choice of bread is the "hard roll" known in other parts of the country as Kaiser Rolls. If you consult the voluminous diner menus, you will find that it is almost always referred to as "pork roll" rather then by any particular brand. Visitors to the New Jersey diner are often amazed at the length of the menu and the incredible variety of products offered. In that environment, pork roll is competing with dozens and dozens of food choices and competes very favorably.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Taylor Ham is a type of sausage-like pork product made from ham, developed by John Taylor of Trenton, New Jersey late in the 19th century. It is often called pork roll due to the "roll" or tube-like sack in which it is traditionally packaged.

Taylor is the brand name for pork roll made by Taylor Provisions, Inc., of Trenton. Taylor also manufactures pork roll under the Trenton brand.

Other companies making pork roll include crosstown rival Case Pork Roll Company, as well as Kohler Provisions.

The product is generally eaten sliced and grilled, like Canadian bacon, but is also known to be fried. A common practice is to slice four cuts from the outer edges inwards about 3/4 of an inch to an inch towards the center, evenly spaced around the circumference. These cuts prevent the pork roll from curling up in the middle, which causes it to cook unevenly. With these cuts, the cooked slices have become known by many different names such as fireman's badges (due to the similarity to the Maltese cross), pac-man meat, and notch meat."

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