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

Thu Feb 22, 2018

Char Siu Tofu Buns

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Char Siu Tofu Buns

I was pretty excited for the char siu pork belly buns I decided to make at a Meatwave this past season, but felt a little bad that the item I was looking forward to the most couldn't be enjoyed by about a third of my guests since they were vegetarians. Not wanting to leave anyone out of a centerpiece dish for the day, I decided to make the exact same buns, expect sub out the slow smoked char siu pork belly in exchange for marinated and grilled char siu tofu, and while on the surface the recipes are fairly similar, the final outcome of the vegetarian option was pretty different and unique.

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Tue Feb 20, 2018

Sauced: Slap's BBQ Slap Sauce

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Slap's BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Slap Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 16.5oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Cane Sugar, Water, Molasses, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Chili Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Caramel Coloring, Tamarind Concentrate
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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This KC and competition style sauce does sweet right—with layers of sugars balanced by vinegar, tomato, and a simple, yet effective, mix of spices.

Thu Feb 15, 2018

Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

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Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

Pork belly buns have become a theme for me over the past few years. The first ones I did used a sous vide and grilling double cooking method, then I started going for straight up smoked pork belly and had some pretty fantastic results doing them both in Texas- and burnt ends-style. Since you can never have too much of a good thing, I just kept rolling with my belly buns and have now a fourth incarnation to share, this time doing them up with a char siu sauce.

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Thu Feb 8, 2018

Herbed-crusted Grilled Mushrooms

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Herb Crusted Grilled Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such a great side for steak—they're heartiness stands up well against filling steak and their woodsy and earthy quality is a great compliment to intense beefiness. The only problem is that one too many times (once is really too often here), my wife and I have ordered the mushroom in steakhouses only be disappointed with sour, mushy canned mushrooms swimming in a pool of butter and not much else. So when cooking a couple steaks at home recently, I wondered if I were to make some shrooms worthy to sit alongside grilled beef, what would they be? The answer were these herb-crusted grilled mushrooms.

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Tue Feb 6, 2018

Sauced: Dr Smoke's BBQ Butter

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Dr. Smoke's BBQ Butter

Sauce Stats

Name
Dr Smoke's BBQ Butter
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 18.5oz from The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Water, Cane Sugar, Molasses, Tomato Paste, Vinger, Garlic, Salt, Spices, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Tamarind Concentrate, Onion Powder, Chipotle Pepper Mash, Tapioca Starch, Garlic Powder
Color
Dark Brown
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

A mix of tomato, tamarind, and vinegar create a unique acidic stamp to this sweet and spicy sauce that delivers an excellent robust barbecue flavor.