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Summer Spit BBQ at Studio Square

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 07:06 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

In recent months, New York has seen an explosion of beer garden openings. From traditional German-style to sleek and modern, there are dozens of outdoor drinking destinations to choose from, but my go-to spot for slinging back suds is The Garden at Studio Square. On Sunday, Long Island City’s spacious open-air courtyard threw their first annual Summer Spit BBQ, hosted by famed chef David Burke and Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch.

This beer, bourbon and BBQ blowout featured all-day tastings of eight different Sam Adams brews on tap, five bourbons including Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, and unlimited porcine pickings. Guests noshed on passed hors d’oeuvres of angry pigs in a blanket, smoked gouda lollipops and chorizo grilled cheese, and a buffet featuring pulled pork tacos, sweet and spicy chicken wings, smoked beef fat fries, BBQ chicken dumplings, chicharones and more. The main attraction was a smoking dual rotisserie spit, where two massive 400-lb hogs had been roasting since the night before. The crowd watched in awe as Chef Burke got his hands dirty and worked those porkers for hours, carving up succulent swine for entrées of whole roasted pig and pork belly.

For some sweet after the meat, dessert offered deep fried Oreos, sugared donuts, green apple-flavored cotton candy and David Burke’s whimsical signature chocolate cheesecake lollipops. And to entertain the lively crowd, Big Mike Lynche from American Idol fame manned the mic with his East Coast band, as they covered hits spanning decades.

Salty and sweet maple mustard glazed slab bacon served on a stick

Chef David Burke served up swine to a packed house of pork lovers

A playful presentation of spiced piggies sprouting up from grass

One of the 400-lb. hogs roasting over the smoking hot rotisserie spit

Partygoers digging into the Summer Spit BBQ buffet

Talk about Sunday Funday! The inaugural Summer Spit BBQ completely rocked Studio Square and I’m already looking forward to next year’s pig out.

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