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

Tue Sep 18, 2018

Sauced: Bootsie's Hot as Funk BBQ Sauce

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Bootsie's Hot as Funk BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Hot as Funk BBQ Sauce
Cost
$6.99 for oz at Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ
Ingredients
Honey, Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Hot Sauce, Vinegar, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Coriander, Liquid Smoke, Cumin, Crushed Red Pepper, Allspice, Ginger
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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If you can stand the heat, this sauce is for you with an incredible spiciness backed-up with a solid and robust barbecue flavor.

Thu Sep 13, 2018

Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

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Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

One of our favorite hang out spots in Durham is Namu, a Korean joint with great indoor and outdoor spaces to eat and drink with friends, which I recommend checking out if you're ever in town. Korean barbecue serves as the backbone of their menu, and there doesn't seems to be much they don't turn it into. Their menu covers everything from the traditional, like bibimbap and mandu, to the creative, like tacos, quesadillas, and loaded fries. This got me thinking, if Korean barbecue is so versatile, what else can it do well?

It wasn't a great leap to get from tacos to walking tacos, but I realized I had never seen Korean barbecue topped Fritos ever before and it suddenly became my mission to make it. I made both spicy pork bulgogi, which I've already reported out on, and this beef bulgogi as toppings, and I'm happy to say both worked great in the walking taco format.

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Thu Sep 6, 2018

Sabich

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Sabich

I have fond food memories from the semester I spent abroad in Israel, but back then I wasn't the eater I am today and didn't take full advantage of all of the incredible cuisine around me. While I was left with shawarmas, falafels, schnitzels, bourekas, and so much more to reminisce on, if I were to return today, I would certainly have a totally different eating experience. For one thing, I wasn't much of a consumer of vegetables then, and I would have steered cleared of something like sabich, which is a fried eggplant pita of Iraqi origin that's overstuffed with a myriad of toppings that I could have easily acquired in Tel Aviv. So today I'm left with hopes to one day try all that I failed to experience before, and doing my best in creating things at home based on other people's recipes and how I imagine they would taste.

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Tue Sep 4, 2018

Sauced: Ferrell's BBQ Awesome Sauce Hot

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Ferrell's BBQ Awesome Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Ferrell's BBQ Awesome Sauce Hot
Cost
Approximately $5.00 at select North Carolina grocery stores
Ingredients
Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar, Texas Pete, Mustard, Garlic Pepper, Nature's Season, Black Pepper, Red Crushed Pepper, Lemon Pepper
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A standard North Carolina vinegar forward flavor is given a lot of great layers of flavors by way of mustard, Worcestershire, and peppers to create a sauce well prepared to dress piles of smoked hog.

Thu Aug 30, 2018

Perros Calientes Colombianos

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Perro Caliente

Until last month, it had been nearly 20 years since I took a solo vacation. Ever since meeting my (now) wife, I've never really thought about, or wanted to, travel alone again, but a large and growing differential in vacation days I had versus what she had left me pondering how to make use of them on my own. I considered staying home to take care of a long backlog of projects (like editing photos from past vacations and also redesigning this blog), but I'm not one to find allure in sitting around the house when there's an entire world out there for exploring. I finally settled on getting away and Colombia ended being the right mixture of distance, value, and sites my wife could live with me seeing on my own. I ha forgotten some of the perils of traveling alone though, the main one among them being dining by myself. I did get out to some nice restaurants and outstanding meals, but I was definitely most in my comfort zone with quick street food bites, and among the many I ate, one that sat the fondest with me was an overloaded hot dog I enjoyed in small corner joint in Medellin that was overflowing with locals all chomping down on the same messy, junky, delicious creation that is the perro caliente Colombiano.

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