When: Sun., Jan. 25, 12-5 p.m. 2015
If a good barbecue joint is like a house of worship for pork lovers, then a pig roast might be the religion’s holiest rite. On Sunday, Smokey J’s BBQ House (3015 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) will host its first Texas-style pig roast, taking the barbecue pit master’s “low and slow” mantra even further than the typical “Caja China” affair — a 100-pound pig slow-smoked for twelve hours over mesquite wood to maximize tenderness and smoky flavor. Once it’s ready, the pork will be pulled throughout the course of the afternoon and sold at Smokey J’s regular pulled pork prices: $10 for a sandwich and a side, $12.99 for a plate with coleslaw and two additional sides, or $18 a pound if all you want is meat. And, to help celebrate what chef Josh Kemper hopes will be the start of a monthly tradition, beer will be half-price all day.