Why Pork Roll Is Amazing and Nothing Else Matters
Bacon has nothing on this N.J.-famous breakfast meat.
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Lynn T. October 16, 2018
Have been eating Taylor Pork Roll since I was a kid in Norfolk, VA. Now, whenever I go back for a visit, I have to go to Doumar's for a pork roll sandwich and a limeade. Otherwise, it's a little hard to find in Charlotte, NC.
Emma L. October 16, 2018
I actually found the pre-sliced version at a Harris Teeter near me in Raleigh! That was a *very* exciting day.
Maxwell P. May 1, 2020
My roommate in college from PA introduced me to this! I live in Bend Oregon and was able to find some at our local market. Although it’s just the one pound sack, it’s nice to know you get some at anytime!
Linda October 13, 2018
Emma, I just read your article out loud to my husband. We were both laughing. We both were born and grew up up in South Jersey where "pork roll" is understood to be Taylor's. Although it has been a few decades since I have eaten meat, I remember well glorious Easter Sundays on the Atlantic City boardwalk having a pork roll sandwich. Though the years I always cooked pork roll for my kids; breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. I still cook it for my husband and anyone who might stop by. Once my husband brought home a local food market's pork roll. Boy was he in trouble! If it's not Taylor's, it's not "pork roll". I buy it now sliced, since I don't have an army to feed like I did in past years. But I still remember the roll wrapped in the white cotton, like a very special gift. Again, thanks Emma, for a fun filled article, walking me down memory lane.
Thank you so much for sharing this, Linda! And I totally agree—if it's not Taylor's, it's *not* pork roll!
aargersi October 13, 2018
We once flew an whole Taylor Ham to my NJ native aunt who was living in the British Virgin Islands. She was beyond thrilled ... better than showing up with gold coins or dom perignon!
You are a very kind niece! Taylor is def better than gold coins or Dom Perignon :)
Mockhuman October 12, 2018
Had pork roll for the first time at a diner in Delaware about a week ago. It reminded me of a really good beef bologna in texture...that tasted like Spam. Kinda sorry we can't get it here in Ohio...
Yeah, it's a lot like those two! Which is sort of ironic, because I almost never eat either.
Christine October 12, 2018
I've been eating Taylor ham since I was a little kid in NJ-- on a hard roll with Gulden's mustard, of course! When my sis and I both moved to California, we had to bring it back with us on the plane, where it's bulky, torpedo-like shape made the TSA people nervous and got us lots of attention. Now I live in Vermont and luckily the COOP in Hanover, NH carries it. I limit myself to a pound of the stuff and eat it every day for breakfast until it's gone. Sigh! Not like anything else on the planet.
Ha! Laughed out loud reading this because several of my relatives are from NJ, but now live in CA, and they've been known to sneak Taylor ham onto many plane rides. Glad to hear you live near some now!
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