Fourth Annual Pig Island Brought the Bacon — and All Things Pork

by in Events, September 9th, 2013

Zarela MartinezPork lovers from all over New York City came out on a perfect late-summer Saturday to attend the fourth annual Pig Island, which was held on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to help support local businesses, farms and restaurants recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The event featured 25 local chefs, all cooking with whole pigs, and other businesses including local craft breweries and New York state wineries. The food was an outstanding display of all the dishes that can be made from pork. You name it, Pig Island had it: pork tacos, pulled pork, porchetta, lechon, pork kebab, sausage, dessert made with bacon and more.

Food Network fans would be excited to know that Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli’s Butter Restaurant was present, offering Butter McMuffins with Plum Jam and Lardo-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls that were out of this world. Mexican chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Zarela Martinez (pictured above), who also happens to be Chopped judge Aarón Sánchez’s mom, was serving up Oaxacan-style Puerco Relleno, a whole-stuffed pork with fruit and vegetable picadillo. FN Dish was on hand to taste the amazingly flavorful pork dishes. See photos of these and the rest of our favorites below.

Fort Reno Pulled PorkJacques Gautier (Fort Reno) — Pulled Pork Sliders with House-Made Slaw

Puerco RellenoZarela Martinez (Zarela.com) and Tyson Ho (Arrogant Swine) – Puerco Relleno Estilo Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

Mixiotes TacosJimmy Carbone with David Navarro and Dave Miss (Jimmy’s No. 43) — Mixiotes Pork Tacos with Nopalito and Pickled Red Onions

Cinnamon RollsMichael Jenkins (Butter Restaurant) — Lardo-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Bacon Bits and Golden Raisins

Ginger Soy PorkBill Fletcher and Matt Fisher (Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ) – Barbecued Ginger-Soy Pulled Pork Sliders with Bok Choy Slaw and Chickpea Salad

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Comments (2)

  1. No one bands together better than New Yorkers! So nice to see everyone out in the sunshine making the most of this post-Hurricane Sandy event. Jenkins' lardo cinnamon rolls were TO DIE FOR delicious. Think I had enough pork sliders and carnintas to see me through to the next milenium (not really). Knowledgable, fun, delicious and not-pretentious, just what any good pork fair should be about.

  2. Dana says:

    I wish food network would show things like this like they use to. They would show burger contest the wedding cake and pie contest.

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