Originally Posted by TheBig1
So I live in northeast PA but grew up in central PA. This area has a rich Italian and Polish history and influence. Of course they both have their areas.
When I moved here I heard of a place that serves amazing pork bbq as well as other things, and I will say that when you're hungry and haven't made any it's really good.
My question comes because of what they put on top of the pork when it's portioned out into a sandwich. They top it with RELISH.
I'd never heard of such a thing and it's ok I guess. I don't think that it really adds to the experience, if anything I think that it takes away.
Has anyone else ever heard of this? Do you do it? If so why? Is it a Polish thing that I just wouldn't understand?
Hey Chad just seeing this post now. What is this BBQ place that you speak of? Is it Stookey's? I'm always looking for new places to try in our area.
Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ
Great area! Pretty much from Hazelton North and East is like a whole separate part of PA, with different foods and even the accent is different. Like you have noticed there is a Much greater Poilsh and Italian influence. These groups of Immigrants came to the area in the 1800's and early 1900's to work the Coal Mines. Farther South and heading West from the NJ border to Mid state was populated in the 16 and 1700's by a mix but primarily German immigrants. I spent the last 25 years in the Lancaster County and Harrisburg area. I was raised a NJ City Boy but loved living with the Farmer's...JJ
JJ I grew up in Hazleton with grandparents of both Polish and Italian descent....and boy oh boy are you correct about being in a different world!! I am in the process of getting all my grandparents recipes that were handed down from their parents because sadly the homemade from scratch quality is becoming less common as our lives get busier and more complicated.
I have my grandmothers treasured Easter Pie recipe that I want to try but first smoking the meats seperately before baking.