On Monday morning, the smell of tamarind was in the air, wafting from the Pig Out Roaster parked in front of First and South in Greenport — lying in wait for the dozens of pig roast and craft beer enthusiasts who have made Monday Pig Roasts a tradition.
“We started extra early this year,” First and South owner Sarah Phillips said. “We have a new pig roaster, and we just wanted to get the vibe going early — that this is a fun, outdoor, summery cook-out style event.”
The 100-pound organic pigs from Wells Farm in Riverhead — where they are raised and humanely harvested on site, according to Phillips — can safely feed 60 on a first-come, first-serve basis, she said.
Each plate, which range from $18 to $21, includes two organic farm sides and homemade cornbread or brioche bread — “a soppy white bread so you can get up all the juices,” she said — and a half-pound to three-quarter-pound serving of pork, as well as a beer from the featured craft brewery of the week.
“We can roast a 100-pound pig in six hours at an even constant temperature without having to do anything more than baste it,” Phillips said. “We typically do a marinade and then we do a beer injection into the pig the day before with one of the beers from the paired brewery of the week, and then we do a glaze all throughout — a very Southern-style type of barbecuing — every 30 to 45 minutes. We do it right out front, and it turns into its own carving station, so our chef is out front carving in front of you and then plating your food.”
Different Long Island breweries will serve paired pints each week, with Moustache Brewing Co. on July 9, Ballast Point Brewing Company on July 16, Spider Bite Brewing Co. on July 23, and Barrage Brewing Company on July 30.
Next month’s participating breweries will include North Fork Brewing Company on August 6, Barrier Brewing on August 13, Destination Unknown Beer Company on August 20, Oskar Blues Brew on August 27, and Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. on September 3.
“The beer collaboration is a really fun part of it,” Phillips said. “It’s all small craft breweries. We do specific hard-to-find beers with each brewery — there’s usually four. And then we have either the brew master himself or one or two of the representatives from the company that come down. So for the beer geek, this event is really cool because you get to be one-on-one with the brewery.”
First and South is located at 100 South Street in Greenport, and the Monday night roasts are held from 5 to 10 p.m. For those who don’t dine on swine, the regular menu will also be served. For more information, call (631) 333-2200 or visit firstandsouth.com.