Because "pork roll" is definitely "a Jersey thing " and as NJ natives we really know that.
Never heard of Pork Roll?
This combination of miscellaneous pork product, sugar, spices, and salt is unlike any other processed meat product in the U.S. and it's processed, smoked, packaged, and sold in NJ and almost nowhere else.
John Taylor created his secret recipe for the product in 1856 in Trenton, NJ, selling it as Taylor Ham. Competitors like George Washington Case, a farmer and butcher from Belle Mead, NJ, created a own recipe for pork roll in 1870. Other producers entered the market and subsequent food labeling regulations required Taylor to designate his product as a "pork roll" alongside its competitors. A 1910 legal case ruled that the words "pork roll" could not be trademarked.
Known as Taylor Pork Roll or Taylor Ham, this product is most commonly available in regional areas of several East Coast states: NJ, NY, DE, parts of PA and MD. Luckily, we were able to find it on the VA eastern shore — but not here in NH.
It's a favorite NJ breakfast meat eaten as part of a sandwich called a Jersey Breakfast or Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese. In these combos, pork roll is fried and served with a fried egg and cheese on a hard roll (or bagel). On a grilled burger, it's a Trenton Burger in northern NJ; a Jersey Burger in southern and central NJ.
Pork roll is almost always sliced and pan-fried or grilled with one to four cuts made along its outer edge to prevent slices from curling in the middle and cooking unevenly.
In grocery stores, it comes packed in a cotton bag in 1, 1.5, and 3 lb. unsliced rolls or packaged in boxes containing 4, 6, or 8 slices. It's also sold at delicatessens, diners, lunch stands and food trucks and it's a basic food group in many NJ public school cafeterias.
It's probably a very good thing that we can't find it locally in NH — there isn't anything nutritious or healthy in pork roll . . . but it really tastes good !
Anyone have a regional food favorite that's harder to find elsewhere?