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

Thu Apr 23, 2015

Sauced: Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful

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Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful

Sauce Stats

Name
Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful
Cost
$5.95 for 19.5oz at Bluff City BBQ Supply
Ingredients
Tomato Concentrate Made From Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Brown Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Spices (Less than 2% of Onion Powder and Garlic Powder), Salt, and Natural Flavors
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful strikes a great balance between tangy and sweet with a bright and fresh tomato flavor that gets an earthy and spicy depth from a plethora of spices.

Tue Apr 21, 2015

Grilled Queso Panela with Roasted Tomatillo and Poblano Salsa

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Queso Panela

Yes, you can grill cheese. I'm not talking about cheese between two slices of bread—also grillable—but bare slices of cheese thrown directly over the flames. Longtime readers of this blog probably already know this thanks to my obsession by one of the greatest cheeses of all time—halloumi. Halloumi is a very firm, salty goat and sheep's milk cheese from Cyprus that's a bit too hard when it's cold, but turns wonderfully creamy and squeaky when grilled or pan-fried. While I'll probably always advocate for halloumi as the best grilling cheese, it doesn't have a monopoly on the genre, and I tried out a whole host of others last summer including this queso panela that I served with a roasted tomato and poblano salsa.

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Tue Apr 14, 2015

Carne Enchilada Torta

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Carne Enchilada Torta

A while back, my buddy James invited me to help him eat through almost every torta at Tortas Neza in Corona, Queens for a video he was making. I had read odes to the overstuffed tortas made by Galdino Molinero out of his truck that resides under the elevated 7 train at the corner of Roosevelt and 111th, but never tried them, so was only too happy to oblige. There wasn't a low point in the 10 or so sandwiches we ate that day, but a few really haunted my dreams like Tortas Monarcas (carnitas) and Tortas Regias (carne enchilada). The later stuck with me due its profoundly spicy meat that was at the same time crisp and tender, having a saucy, caramelized, and charred exterior that coated slices of pork that were nice and juicy. It was something I wished I could have in my life more often, so attempted a version of it at my grill.

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Thu Apr 9, 2015

Sauced: Soldier Sauce

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Soldier Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Soldier Sauce
Cost
$7.00 for 19oz from Soldier Sauce Foods
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, Red Hot, Olive Oil, Steak Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, Spicy Brown Mustard, Dark Brown Sugar, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A sauce for a cause, Soldier Sauce gives by donating a percentage of each sale to a non-profit that helps military families adjust back into the community after service. Luckily, you get a pretty great sauce to go along with doing good.

Tue Apr 7, 2015

Foil-Wrapped Potatoes With Shallots, Lemon, and Thyme

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Campfire Potatoes

I've prepared potatoes in more ways than I can count, but no matter how deep down the recipe hole I go, it seems like there's always something new to explore. Lucky for me, I can't think of many main courses that wouldn't be made just a bit happier with a pile of spuds sitting alongside.

On the grill alone, I've done potatoes as wedges, salads, hasselbacks, twice-baked, skins, slices, and more. This time, I'm trying out a technique I spotted in Bon Appetit's The Grilling Book. They go by many names—hobo packets, campfire potatoes, foiled potatoes—but the method is all the same: wrap the potatoes in foil, and place them on the grill until steamed and tender. Simple as that.

Of course, nothing is ever quite as simple as that, so I decided to test out a few of my options, starting with the potatoes.

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