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July 28, 2010 10:51 AM   Subscribe

How can one brink the delishiousness of pork roll to Australia?

Asking for a friend:
I am travelling from NJ, US to Australia in October to visit a friend. I have been telling him about pork roll and would like to somehow let him sample some since he claims there is no Aussie equivalent. Is there any way I would be able to get pork roll to Australia? My concern is less about legality and more about refridgeration and freshness.
Failing the ability to keep pork roll fresh during a long flight, is there any way I could explain how to make some pork roll to a pig butcher in Australia? I would want pork roll, and not scrapple, so what parts of the piggy would need to go into this custom-made porkroll?
Thanks in Advance!
posted by WeekendJen to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
oh! ive also oft had this issue (albeit not getting pork roll to australia). in the past ive used these guys:

it doesnt say anything about international, but i assume you could use the dry ice and cooler technique like they do.
posted by ps_im_awesome at 10:55 AM on July 28, 2010

Revised title: How can one bring the deliciousness of pork roll to Australia? And my opinion is that it would definitely be a better idea to just import the recipe and then make it in Australia, rather than trying to import an actual pork roll. Although I don't actually have the recipe. But I believe that it would work with pork shoulder.
posted by grizzled at 10:56 AM on July 28, 2010

I think you need to be concerned about legality of importing it into Australia--it is difficult to get meat products (except canned ones) into Australia lawfully. See the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service web site. You might be able to get a permit, but as the page linked to notes, there are fees and a certain amount of paperwork involved. I'd say stick with bringing in a recipe and finding a friendly butcher.
posted by Logophiliac at 11:06 AM on July 28, 2010

Best answer: Found this recipe by a link from this forum post... but it seems from chronology that your friend might have found this resource already.

It seems like an easy enough recipe to try out, maybe your friend can try it out on this side of the world and then have the Australian friend procure the ingredients if it's successful.

Marking this thread a favorite so that if I ever venture away from the NYC area, I have a way to get pork roll...
posted by jangie at 11:36 AM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

I know you said you weren't that concerned about the legality of importing the pork roll, but I'm pretty sure you don't want to get a steep fine either. Unfortunately importing meat products that aren't canned just isn't allowed and if you try to sneak them through you'll find yourself in pretty big trouble, as per Logophiliac's link. I don't know if you've been to Australia before but we have sniffer dogs looking for things like fruit and honey, where in the US the dogs are sniffing for drugs ... Australian Customs is pretty hardcore about this stuff. You won't be able to get an import permit for a single item like one lonely pork roll for personal use.

So I would say that narrows your search down to finding the best recipe and instructions - best of luck! (And sorry to be a downer, but hopefully it helps you to focus your search better.)
posted by rubbish bin night at 12:54 PM on July 28, 2010

You can NOT import a pork roll into Australia. Do not even think of doing that. It's illegal and for a very good reason. Our quarantine laws are not to be trifled with. Don't even think that they're just a bureaucratic nuisance or the like. If you don't get that fact, seriously, don't even bother coming to Australia, you're not welcome.

I may be a bit more hardline on this than some people, but my view isn't out of line for most Australians.

Your only option is to get the recipe. I'm sure it can't be that hard.

By the way, we have fantastic (Vietnamese) pork rolls available.
posted by wilful at 5:02 PM on July 28, 2010 [3 favorites]

Seconding wilful, you can get some fantastic pork rolls in the suburban Vietnamese style bakeries all over the place... in Sydney at least. Perhaps you're talking about something entirely different to what I'm thinking of?

In any case, even if you could import a pork roll into Australia (which you totally can't), I don't know if anyone would actually want to eat it by the time it got here.
posted by Philby at 6:25 PM on July 28, 2010

Nthing wilful and others who are telling you not to even bother. As amusing as it would be to see you and your pork roll on the TV show Border Security, I'm sure there's more pleasurable things you'd rather be doing on your visit than spending time with Customs and having them explaining first hand exactly what laws you've broken and why it's illegal.
posted by goshling at 7:39 PM on July 28, 2010

Your only option is to get the recipe. I'm sure it can't be that hard.

By the way, we have fantastic (Vietnamese) pork rolls available.

Those are totally not the same kind of New Jersey pork roll that WJ is talking about.
posted by oneirodynia at 8:04 PM on July 28, 2010

Best answer: Let me tell you what happens when you land in Australia.

Before you leave the plane you fill in a customs declaration which asks if you're carrying any food, nuts, seeds or drinks. You get off the plane and you go down a long hallway, passing signs that tell you to place food items in the nearby bins or face a fine. You keep going and pass some exhibits of food items people tried to smuggle into Australia - pickled snakes, smoked monkey, various suspicious-looking sausages. Then you enter the baggage area. Quarantine officials with beagles are walking around and the dogs are sniffing people's luggage. They picked up on one of mine once - it was a carry-on that had formerly had some sliced apple in it. Then you take your luggage to get X-rayed. If they see any food items, or if the form you filled out says that you are carrying food items, you are then directed to a place much larger with more serious X-ray machines and staff to search your bags.

I'm pretty sure that the combination of the dogs, the X-ray machines, and the customs officials would manage to find your pork rolls.
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:40 AM on July 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Yeah, nthing that your pork roll will be sadly illegal and unwelcome at Australian customs. A few years ago I declared a can of Norwegian spiced ham (i.e. spam) called "BOG"* at Melbourne customs, and the highly amused customs officer only let me bring it into the country because it had been boiled in a sealed tin.

Because of its isolation, Australia takes its quarantine laws very seriously. The devastation that introduced pests and diseases could wreak on the environment and agriculture is not to be scoffed at. Please don't do this unless you can find the meat product in a sealed can—and even then, you'll still have to declare it at customs.

* Me: I have something to declare. [Plonks can of Bog on counter.] It's a can of ham called Bog.
Customs officer: Why do you want to bring this into the country?
Me: Because it's funny?
Customs officer: Well, it's not bad.
posted by hot soup girl at 12:33 PM on July 29, 2010

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