From time to time, Porky LeSwine likes a diversion from blogging about North Carolina barbecue. And he likes it even more when said diversion is courtesy of a BBQJew.com reader. Thus, we thank reader Steve for the following note, which he agreed to let us share with the world.
Dear Porky, If I may let me talk about something that is not North Carolina Pork BBQ: the West Virginia Pepperoni Roll. I have family in the Clarksburg, WV area and one time while visiting, I found this snack in the local gas stations. Take a few sticks of pepperoni, encase it in bread dough, and bake. The spicy grease from the pepperoni soaks into the bread as it bakes. Deliciousness.
The only place that I have seen them here in NC is Yosties, a bakery and eatery in Faith, NC, right down the road from Wink’s King BBQ and Seafood in Salisbury.Pepperoni Rolls were invented in the Fairmont, WV area some years ago. I have heard and read a couple of different stories. One I was told by an Aunt who lived in the area related that they were invented by Italian mothers as a treat for their children. Another account is that they were invented as something to sell to the Sicilian miners in the area. There is a very large Italian community in the area.
The next time that you are near Salisbury, you might want to go a few miles down Faith Road and pick up a few pepperoni rolls at Yosties. They also have great cinnamon rolls and cheese straws.
Yosties’s website: http://www.yosties.com/
A website about Pepperoni Rolls: http://www.bobheffner.com/pepperoniroll/index.htm
Thanks for sharing, Steve. This is definitely the first I’ve ever heard of pepperoni rolls, and for all I know I may never hear of them again. But hopefully someday I will eat one. Now back to our regularly scheduled barbecue programming.