The Meatwave: Barbecue & Grilling Recipes, Reviews, Tips, and Tricks

Thu May 25, 2017

Grilled Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter and Cilantro Pesto

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Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter

You may have noticed an influx of beef on the Meatwave recently and this is by no accident. See, I have a new greatest fear in life—a tick the leaves you allergic to red meat. This has my love for the outdoors and eating meat at odds with each other, and I refuse to cease either activity. So now I live by a mantra to always have the beef so, if I ever do get bitten by that tick, I can never say I regretted not having that burger, steak, or hot dog. The reality is that I likely will never get that meat allergy and I'm likely just bringing myself closer to a more drawn out and painful demise brought on by an onslaught of additional red meat consumption, but at least I'm enjoying the moment and here's a great way to make a good thing better—grilled hanger steak with a double dose of sauces, harissa butter and cilantro pesto.

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Thu May 18, 2017

Smoked Beef Barbacoa

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Smoked Beef Barbacoa

I don't really repeat recipes here unless I have a new technique or method that's worth replacing outdated content with. So its with a little hesitancy that I share this recipe for smoked beef barbacoa because in reality, it's the exact same recipe as a lamb barbacoa I made a few years back, just swapping out one protein for another. Still, the results were so good and different enough in flavor that I felt it deserved this second helping.

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Tue May 16, 2017

Sauced: Cowboy Prairie Fire & Giveaway

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Cowby Prairie Fire

Sauce Stats

Name
Cowboy Brand Prairie Fire Hot and Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$15 for 3 18oz bottles from Duraflame
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Molasses, Apple Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Natural Flavor.
Color
Dark maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A familiar bold sweet, tangy, and spicy barbecue flavor profile sets itself out from the pack with its clean, unprocessed flavors.

Thu May 11, 2017

Seared Scallops with Yuzu Vinaigrette

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Grilled Scallops with Yuzu Vinaigrette

One of my friends here in Durham is a cookbook author and he was inquiring recently why I haven't made the jump into the printed word. The answer would be primarily that seems like a lot of work I don't have time for, but I have had chances through the years to author a book, but most of the time publishers were looking for someone to write a book they had a concept for, not one that was true to my own passions. Only one publisher ever enticed me, enough so that I was even considering taking a sabbatical to develop recipes and write a book, and that pitch was to create a book aimed at the more experienced griller—recipes that involved preparations the novice might find daunting, but accessible for those who have already tested the waters and were ready to dive into the deep end. I feel like a lot of my recipes straddle that line, and in thinking of what might be one the best representations of that topic, these seared scallops with a yuzu vinaigrette and parsnip purée are exemplary.

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Tue May 9, 2017

Meatball Mania!

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Meatball Mania!

After 14 years, I didn't think there would be a lot of firsts for the Meatwave, but this past cookout represented the second one in 2017—earlier this year we celebrated the first ever Meatwave in February, and in April we had our first one held despite a definite forecast for cold and rain. Under normal circumstances, this would have called for postponing the event to hold out for better weather conditions, but this was no normal Meatwave as we had four guests from New York in town who were looking forward to reliving the good times we deprived them of by moving south. So with some ingenuity and help from friends, we pulled off a stellar meatball-filled event in the face of some unfavorable obstacles.

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