I have a border/customs question. We have spent a week at whistler every year since moving up here to the PNW 5 years ago. Before the first trip we were warned "You can't take nearly ANY food across the border, they will nail you for a bag of potato chips!" Seemed a little harsh but we have generally stopped in Vancouver to load up on groceries (we always stay in a room with a kitchen). I just spent an hour going through the Canadian customs site, and it appears to me that you CAN take most food items in (fresh fruit and veggies MIGHT be an exception). The reason it is hard to figure out is the database is written mostly for importers, and at the bottom of the page long legalese for each item there is usually a poorly written "exemption" for personal use. It is also unclear if the regular border patrol can make the call to let it in or if you must go to the special "food police."
Specifically, I am currently working on a smoked brisket and a pork shoulder for pulled pork, would really like to take them with (esp the pulled pork, makes outstanding carnitas tacos). Anyone with any knowledge in this area?