A pile of sticks of dried pepperoni

West Virginia – Pepperoni Roll

While searching for recipes to share in honor of West Virginia, we learned about pepperoni rolls, or country roll dough filled with sticks or slices of pepperoni. The treat has deep roots in the coal industry as it originally was used as a coal miner’s lunch. This recipe is traditionally made in the oven. We encourage you to experiment with your outdoor pizza oven or on the grill. You can also play around with different ingredients to suit your family or guests’ tastes. This recipe comes from the Cooking Channel.

We hope you enjoy it! As always, let us know what you think. You can tag us on Twitter or Instagram, and use hashtag #BBQAcrossAmerica so we can see your delicious creations. And, while you wait for your pepperoni rolls to cook, keep reading for more facts about West Virginia.

West Virginia is called the Mountain State because it’s the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain region. Its average elevation is higher than any other state east of the Mississippi River, so we know this won’t be an easy ride for Team Thin Energy… but it will be a beautiful one!

Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia, is located in the Allegheny Mountains in the eastern part of the state. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream for discovery and adventures while disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of life. West Virginia offers the opportunity to go whitewater river rafting, fishing, hiking on rugged mountain trails, horseback riding, rock climbing, biking, and camping.

Besides the beautiful mountains and tranquility of nature, West Virginia is the site of so many historical events for history buffs to explore. Harpers Ferry, where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River, was the site of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the United States’ arsenal in 1859 which hastened the onset of the Civil War. West Virginia was home to the first land battle of the Civil War at the Battle of Philippi in 1861. Other battle sites that can be visited include Rich Mountain, Laurel Hill, and Cheat Mountain.

There are many other interesting facts you may not know about West Virginia. For example, it is home to the New River. This river is unusual because it flows south to north because it was formed before the mountains. The first brick street in the world was laid in Charleston on Summers Street. The Phil G. McDonald Bridge in Beckley is the highest truss bridge in the world at 700 feet tall. West Virginia holds the record for having the most towns named after cities in other countries, like Athens, Berlin, Cairo, Calcutta, Geneva, and Shanghai – to name a few.


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