Pork Roll – New Jersey

New Jersey must be looked at for its pork roll sandwich goodness. Ubiquitous from the shore to Trenton.

What do yous want? Oh, Pauk Rowl?

I will have to school you on the famous pork roll. It is a Jersey breakfast staple that is a cross between a smoky, salty bacon flavor with the consistency of a fine-ground sausage. It comes in a firm, cloth shaped torpedo and you just heat 1/4 1/2 inch slices slowly to render the fat. It is best if it has a slight browning to it, as it turns a bit off if burned too much — just like bacon does. The places that slice it too thin should be sent to Siberia.

The traditional ways of serving it are as part of a breakfast sandwich in place of bacon or sausage. The english muffin, american cheese, fried egg and PR is really just something else — ONCE a YEAR. There are lots of places that serve it on the lunch/dinner menu as a regular sandwich — poppy seed hard roll/kaiser roll, american cheese melted over a big stack of sliced PR. Most of your hung over people would enjoy this.

The PR started in Trenton, and there are two companies that make it. There’s Taylor Ham and there’s Trenton Pork Roll. TPR is better, although both are pretty good. There is a variety called “sharp” which is an acquired taste.

Wow! Am I Jersey or what?

Let’s get some!

Jim S

5 responses to “Pork Roll – New Jersey

  1. Pretty good stuff……for a heart attack on a plate.

    Use 4-6 slices of pork roll (fried or micro waved), 2 slices of yellow or white American cheese and fried onions. Place pork roll inside a sub or hoagie roll, with chees on top (microwave briefly, to melt cheese). Smother with fried onions (ketchup or bbq sauce optional). Corn chips or doritos might be a tasty side treat.

  2. Only the uncivilized call it “Taylor Ham”. Here this from a Trenton girl, born and raised, the proper name is “Pork Roll”. The Taylor Provisions Company in Trenton, NJ sells Taylor Pork Roll, The other company Case, Inc sells it’s brand Case’s Trenton Pork Roll. Debates have raged for years over which brand is better. It’s a matter of taste, but it is the best for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When camping, my mom used to serve us spaghettios and pork roll around the campfire. A slice of pork roll on a hard roll with ketchup! Heaven!

  3. Martha from Trenton

    Martha From Trenton, actually

  4. That information is erroneous. Taylor Provisions makes both their “regular” pork roll (originally called Taylor’s Prepared Ham, until the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 forced them to change the name, since the product did not meet the new legal definition of “ham”. The new name was “Pork Roll” and it was marketed as both “Taylor’s Pork Roll” and “Trenton Pork Roll.” Case are another Trenton based company that produces pork roll, as does Hatfield in PA.

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