POLL: Is it Pork Roll? Or Taylor Ham?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie (of Morris County) says it’s ‘Taylor Ham.’

Most of his state’s citizens living south of Morris County (yours truly included) grew up calling the delightfully unhealthy pork product in a sack exactly what it looks like: ‘Pork Roll.’

pork roll taylor hamI suspect you’ll enjoy some of the uniquely-New Jersey delicacy over the Memorial Day Weekend holiday regardless of how your barbecuing brethren prefer label it, Save Jerseyans.

What you may not know? A similar version dates back to the Battle of Trenton, but John Taylor invented the current recipe in 1856. 

George Washington Case of Belle Mead, New Jersey began packaging it in corn husks around 1870.

The legend was born.

The naming controversy kicked into high gear a few decades later, in 1906, when what John Taylor originally named “Taylor’s Prepared Ham” was renamed to comply with the legal definition of “ham” established by the then-brand new federal Pure Food and Drug Act adopted in 1906. So yes, Taylor Hamers have a point when accuse Pork Rollers of siding with Big Government!

Taylor’s creation has been marketed as “Taylor’s Pork Roll” and “Trenton Pork Roll” ever since.

The verdict? Let’s SETTLE this like Americans, at the ballot box…

Is it Pork Roll? Or Taylor Ham?

 
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