Smoked Pork Roll, an almost failed experiment

Discussion in 'Pork' started by fire it up, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So living in jersey there are these things called pork rolls. Only once in my life have I tried them and that was on a WaWa breakfast sandwich. WaWa is one of the greatest convenience stores ever!
    Definition of a pork roll, from the wiki...
    "Pork roll is a type of sausage-like meat product commonly available in and around New Jersey. In North Jersey it is usually called Taylor Ham.[1] The product was originally developed late in the 19th century by John Taylor of Trenton, New Jersey, though several firms produce it today.

    Although the product is widely consumed and enjoyed, it resists accurate description.[1] Some people compare the taste and/or texture to SPAM, Treet, baloney, mild salami, or US-style Canadian bacon."

    I was picking up other meats to smoke and there was a pack on sale for $2.99, that's a pretty good deal.

    I split the stack in half and did one half with olive oil, salt and CbP, the other one I coated in bacon and a rub. Why? Well, because this was an experiment and I had no clue what to expect so I just went with it.

    Tossed in the smoker over hickory for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Had to use an apple because I was out of potatoes, onions and didn't want to smoke another garlic head since i have plenty.

    Pulled them off when they looked done (pre-cooked so no temping required)

    They looked pretty good though I guess I'm just not a fan of pork roll. They tasted almost like a thick slice of bologna but with a bit less flavor.
    Smoking and rubbing helped but they weren't great.
    I decided to try frying them in a pan since fried bologna is so popular and that really helped with the flavor and texture.
    Sorry this pic is so dark, wanted to get one after I fried it up and didn't realize how dark it came out...

    I probably should have dusted each slice and then put them back together and smoked, though I doubt I will make them again in the near future. Lots of people love pork roll so don't let my experience turn you off to it, I just don't personally care for it.
  2. dirtman775

    dirtman775 Smoking Fanatic

    LMFAO!!!! i gotta hand to ya fire you sure do like to experiment. points for that.

    The only and i mean the only way to have taylor ham is known as, "taylor egg and cheese s.p.k" on a roll of course.

    NOTE: i went on a bow hunt in illinois a few yeas back and i had said "man, i could go for a taylor egg and cheese" and everyone looked at me like i had 5 head'
  3. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    Great idea. At BJ's I can get a whole Taylor Ham tube probably around 2 or 3 pounds. Might try smoking that and slicing it. Nothing like a Taylor Ham, egg & cheese on a roll with S&P in the morning.
  4. mavrick813

    mavrick813 Smoke Blower

  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fire just use a cork for temp probe or drill hole threw small block of wood.I have a cork that would fit in a 5 gallon wated bottle type thing and its lasted 2 years.Nice job.Had no idea what a jersey pork roll was and thanks for pics.
  6. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hmmmm. Not sure what to say.

    Just teasing. Way to try something new.
  7. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Since we're talking about pork roll, had to add my 2 cents. Taylor pork roll on the gas grill, topped with horseradish cheddar, and placed on a toasted potato roll, it just doesn't get much better for an easy, quick grilled sandwich that's good anytime of the day.
  8. You need the real stuff by taylor.
    We like it grilled with toasted rye bread, melted swiss cheese and mustard. Great Breakfast or Brunch. When I go hunting I fry some up and let chill, then I make sandwiches of Taylor ham,mayo, on a roll with lettuce. I can eat it cold for a second breakfast or lunch. Mmmm.
  9. plj

    plj Meat Mopper

    Must be the exact mix of spices taylor uses, other brands are good, but not as good.

    mmm, taylor ham fried egg & cheese on a hard roll with catsup and a cup of coffee ... almost enough to get me to move back to jersey. WEll, ok, worth a road trip anyway.
  10. mavrick813

    mavrick813 Smoke Blower

    I love Jersey. We got the Best of everything, Casinos, Amusement Parks, Beaches, City's, and.....

    PORK ROLL.......


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