Compiled by Ace Reporter Joan Weisblatt

All New Jerseyans know that pork roll and cheese is the Garden State’s quintessential meal.  At a time when New Jerseyans are counting calories and eating more edamame and than meat, many people are thinking, “What is pork roll anyway?”

We asked folks shopping at the Bridgewater Mall to tell us:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 5.13.00 PM“Pork roll is all of the parts of the pig that everyone knows are there but no one wants to talk about like fingernails, eyeballs, genitals and lost dreams.”

-Richard Loincloth, 52, Belle Mead


Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 10.13.11 PM“I would never eaten pork roll because it’s not kosher and it’s disgusting, but a tongue sandwich on rye with mustard? Now you’re talking!”

-Marilyn Mocher, 63, Livingston


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“My mother used to make her own pork roll. I don’t know what she put in it, but she said the recipe came from the Meadowlands and mentioned something about Jimmy Hoffa.

-Tony “Pigface” Marconi, 36, Belleville

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“I don’t know what’s in pork roll and I don’t tell me.”

– Tina Treif, 18,  Hillsborough



Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 8.57.05 PM“Pork roll is a mixture of pork, pork biproducts, spices and other flavors.  My great grandfather invented pork roll and if I told you what’s in it, I’d have to kill you.”

-Arnold Ziffel Taylor, 52,  Englishtown