A BBQ Break: Pepperoni Rolls

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.  

PepperoniRollDear 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

Take care,


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.


True ‘Cue Update

Loyal readers may have noticed that my posts to this website have once again slowed to a crawl.  Rest assured I have been busy working on my new project, alongside my barbecue brother John Shelton Reed of Holy Smoke fame, which is called True ‘Cue.  More details soon, as we prepare to launch.  Until then, stay low and slow.

Micro Pigs: Coming Soon to a Very Small BBQ Pit Near You?

According to recent media reports, the “micro pig” is the latest pet craze in Great Britain.  These pigs should consider themselves lucky that the Brits are amateurs when it comes to barbecue, as these little porkers would make the perfect individual-sized BBQ meal.  It’d be like Pizza Hut’s personal pan pizza but probably a similarly lousy deal when you consider the per ounce purchase price of the little pigs, which sometimes fetch over $1,000 (that’d buy a lot of regular pork shoulders).  Still, if you’d like to cook whole hog barbecue on your backyard Weber kettle or camping stove then the price may be worth it.  Order the main ingredient for your next micro pig pickin’ right here.

Slow Train Coming

At long last, I’m taking the time to better organize my reviews of North Carolina barbecue restaurants.  Step one was updating the list of Joints to include all the places I’ve visited to date.  As of moments ago, that task is (mostly) complete.  Next up is a Google Map listing all the places I’ve visited, which will make finding joints near you/your travels much easier.  I’m about five years behind the times–too cheap and lazy to build the Swine Finder BBQ App I really want to produce–but it’s a start.  I should have the map up and running, with a link from the Joints page, any day/week/month now.  Stay tuned, fellow barbecue hogs.

Royal Baby Barbecue Names

In order to ensure that this blog continues to stay at the cutting edge of current events, I offer the following list of potential royal baby names (in an alternate universe where Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are barbecue enthusiasts):

Or maybe Bald Willie and his lady friend Kate will just give the baby a normal name… like Blue Ivy or Moon Unit.  Stay tuned world…

BBQ Crime Spree

I’m not sure what the exact definition of a hate crime is, but this sure seems like one.  According to an email from the Durham Police Department, someone has been stealing pig cookers.  C’mon people, have some respect for your fellow citizens!  No word on whether the missing cookers are gassers or use charcoal.  If the former, good riddance. If the latter, shame!

—–Original Message—–
From: Michael, Kammie 
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2013 8:12 PM
Subject: Durham Police Asking for Assistance in Smoker/Pig Cooker Thefts

For Immediate Release: July 5, 2013

Durham Police Asking for Assistance in Smoker/Pig Cooker Thefts

Durham police are asking for assistance in identifying a suspect in the theft of a large $4,000 pig cooker that was stolen on May 23 from the driveway of a home off Mineral Springs Road. 

The suspect was described as a black male in his mid-30s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and a bald head. He was wearing a green T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts. He was driving what appeared to be a black 1995-2005 Chevrolet Silverado truck.

Police are investigating two other thefts of large pig cookers/smokers. 

Two pig cookers were stolen from the 3900 block of South Alston Avenue in April. The cookers were chained to the back of a building.

Two large smokers on a trailer were stolen from Mount Bethel Presbyterian Church in late April. The trailer was stolen along with the smokers. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J. Barr at (919) 560-4281, ext. 29119 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Happy Cuatro de Julio

Happy 4th of July, friends and strangers.  Whether you are making barbecue today or just plain grilling, may your day be full of equal parts meat and joy!


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