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

Thu Sep 21, 2017

Barbecue Portobello Burgers

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Barbecue Portobello Burgers

After scoring a win with barbecue tofu—which just further went to prove that most anything can be made better with barbecue—I decided to take a chance on a repeat vegetarian success, but this time using portobello mushrooms. I've always been told, but have never quite been sold on the idea that portobellos are "meaty," which really just speaks to their heartiness more than flavor or texture in my opinion. That notion though led me to treat these mushrooms as "burgers," and one of my favorite burger topping combinations is grilled onions, cheddar, and barbecue sauce, so that was exactly how I served these up.

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Tue Sep 19, 2017

Sauced: Kingsford Smoked Hickory

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Kingsford Smoked Hickory

Sauce Stats

Name
Kingsford Smoked Hickory
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Cost
Approximately $2.98 for 18oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Sugar, Molasses, Vinegar, Natural Hickory Smoked Flavor, Salt, Spices, Onion, Natural Flavor, Turmeric, Garlic, Paprika Extracts
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
510
out of 10
Middle of the Road
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Bold flavors with a strong smokiness puts this Kingsford product in the family of common supermarket barbecue sauces, which is isn't bad, but it doesn't makes it rise up among a crowded field.

Thu Sep 14, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I keep a Google Doc of recipe ideas where I can quickly jot down thoughts during moments of inspiration, which I then organize into themed Meatwaves as the list grows. For as long as that document has existed, Buffalo chicken meatballs has been on it. It's something I've had a hankering to do for a very long time, but it's also well treaded territory around other food blogs and I've let that fact influence my decision not to make them in and effort to be somewhat innovative and not another platform for repetition. I finally just said screw it though, and during a meatball-themed Meatwave, Buffalo chicken meatballs seemed too good not to make, and the only thing I regret is not doing them sooner.

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Thu Sep 7, 2017

Grilled Falafel Pitas

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Grilled Falafel

It took me a long time to get into falafel. Even when I was living in Israel and traveling around the Middle East, I rarely ate these chickpea fritters, always opting for what I saw as a far superior option—shawarma. It's only been the last ten or so years that I've partaken in moderate falafel consumption, and while I'm more favorable to it on the whole now, whenever I see the bright green, herb-loaded versions, I'm all in. This type of falafel is true magic, packing immense flavor on top of that already irresistible exterior crunch. So when I was putting together a meatball-themed Meatwave earlier this year and was considering what a proper vegetarian option may be, this style of falafel quickly popped into my mind and I went with it.

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Tue Sep 5, 2017

Sauced: Mr. Troy's Carolina Collision

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Mr. Troy's Carolina Collision

Sauce Stats

Name
Carolina Collision
Cost
$7.99 for 16oz at GrillBillies Barbecue
Ingredients
Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Apple Juice, Molasses, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Red Pepper Flakes, Spices
Color
Rusty orange-red
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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A bright, clean flavor that strikes a perfect balance between sweet, heat, and tang with a bit of extra barbecue complexity, all combine to make this sauce a real winner.