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

Thu Apr 28, 2016

Turkish Spinach and Cheese Pides

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Spinach and Cheese Pide

In my creative process of thinking of new recipes, once I hit an idea, my brain often won't stop considering all the variations that can come out of it. This was the case when I decide to try to make Turkish pides— which are pizza-like stuffed flatbreads. My original inspiration was a minced lamb pide, but instantly I wanted to also do a potato version, and a spinach and cheese version. My tendency towards excess led me to make all three, and I'm finally getting around to sharing that last one of the series.

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Tue Apr 26, 2016

Eat. Meat. Repeat.

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Eat. Meat. Repeat.

I knew there would be a number of my favorite foods I'd have to leave behind when I relocated from New York to North Carolina. I thought one of them was going to be my beloved arepas—Venezuelan stuffed corn cakes—from Arepas Cafe in Astoria, but once I got down to Durham, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually a couple areapa spots in town. Both ended up being fine, but fell short of matching the quality and combinations of Arepas Cafe and ultimately left a hole in my heart. This led me to try my hand at arepa making over the winter, and to my surprise, it wasn't difficult at all to make ones that came close to what I consider ideal. I've been so overjoyed with this discovery that I wanted to share what I consider the pinnacle of arepas with all my friends here in North Carolina, so made the first Meatwave of the 2016 season one that celebrated these Venezuelan specialities and a more.

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Thu Apr 21, 2016

Sauced: Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Big Julie's Bold & Sassy BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 16oz at Shaffer's BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Ketchup, Cider Vinegar, Robust Unsulfured Molasses, Sugar, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, Lemon Juice, Hot Sauce, Salt, Spices, Worcestershire Sauce, Water, Garlic Salt, Poultry Seasoning
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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With a well spiced tangy profile that gains extra sweetness over the fire, Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce is built to do right by you in many different applications.

Tue Apr 19, 2016

Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors

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Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors

It's hard to remember the time in which I did not like brussels sprouts. It's funny, because that sprout hater period represented more than half my life, but once I discovered how awesome these tiny cabbages can be, I made up for lost time and usually order them without haste whenever I see them on a menu. Of all the brussels sprouts I've eaten, none stand out as much as the ones from East Side King in Austin. These fried sprouts, which have thin, crackling leaves, come in salad form with cabbage, onion, basil, mint, and cilantro dressed in a sweet and slightly spicy dressing. It's not something I've been able to get outside of Texas, so when I had a hankering for them a few weeks ago, I decided to make my own version done on the grill.

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Tue Apr 12, 2016

Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber

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The spirit of warmer days and lighter eating led me to Vietnamese summer rolls last week, but it's really Greek food that I associate the most with this idyllic weather. Having spent a great deal of my life in a Greek heavy enclave of Queens, I found the bright, fresh flavors of Greek foods to be the perfect compliment to being outside on a pleasant, sunny day. Those flavors served as the influence for these eggplant spirals with yogurt, tomatoes, and cucumber that aren't a traditional Greek dish, but bring together a lot of what makes Greek food so fitting in this beautiful spring weather.

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