09 March 2010

Strange(r) Things in Life: Pork Roll

There are few things strange(r) in life than one of the foods that brings such joy into my life: Pork Roll.

Now I understand that there are probably a few of you who have never heard of pork roll. Without using the phrase "little drops of heaven," there's no accurate description of Pork Roll. I mean, Wikipedia doesn't even know how to write about it:

Although the product is widely consumed and enjoyed, it resists accurate description. Some people compare the taste and/or texture to SPAM, Treet, bologna, mild salami, smoked summer sausage, or US-style Canadian bacon. In 1910 it was described as "a food article made of pork, packed in a cylindrical cotton sack or bag in such form that it could be quickly prepared for cooking by slicing without removal from the bag."

I've personally heard more accurate descriptions of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, but that's neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is that once you take a bite into a perfectly grilled Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese on a Hard Roll (which means Kaiser Roll, people) with deli mustard, you haven't really lived. It's sort of like an initiation into true dining.

I mean, between a porker at Rice's, a Fat Knight from the Grease trucks, a large light and sweet at DD, a sausage pie from Chitch's and a sack full of burgers and rings at White Castle, there's a true New Jersey foodie lesson plan.

So today I salute you, Pork Roll. A strange(r) food, no doubt. A more delicious food, there may not be one.


  1. Damn. Now I'm hungry. And the grease trucks are too far away.

    What's really strange is that Rice's is in New Hope, yet you still consider the food new Jersey.

  2. Wonder no more why you have cholesterol problems! I hope this has gotten the need for "pork roll" out of your system for a while. A sandwich (single serving) once a month or two is fine, but that's it. Ugh! Looks like this is at home - which means more than one little serving I'm sure... Aunt Tete

  3. This was at home, but I was making sandwiches for five thanks to our houseguests. But I did probably consume more than what would constitute a "single serving".

  4. I'm a firm believer that the uglier something looks, the better it tastes. This is butt-ugly.