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

Thu Sep 22, 2016

Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

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Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

When I arrived in New York for college, my diet pretty much consisted of various forms of fried chicken and pizza. To say I was a picky, not adventurous eater is a bit of an understatement, and, more-or-less, I was able to keep my horizons from expanding during my tenure as a student. The one big exception was when my Vietnamese roommate wanted to head to Chinatown for some of his own comfort food. Me being who I was, I gravitated to the one thing on the menu that sounded familiar and non-threatening—barbecue beef over white rice—and that's what I ordered year after year every time we ended up at this spot. Since then I've obviously expanded my palate and other items have replaced this once mainstay for me, but I recently had a hankering for it and since I'm no longer located in New York, it was up to me to recreate it the best I could.

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Tue Sep 20, 2016

Sauced: Heinz Carolina BBQ Sauce

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Heinz Carolina BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Heinz Carolina Vinegar Style Tangy BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Approximately $2.19 at your local grocery
Ingredients
Distilled White Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Dark Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar, Water, Salt, Spices, Corn Starch, Xantham Gum, Mustard Seed, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Natural Flavors, Natural Smoke Flavor, Turmeric
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
510
out of 10
Middle of the Road
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A tomato base is given a hearty portion vinegar and pepper to give this sauce a tangy North Carolina-tilt.

Thu Sep 15, 2016

Grilled Cabbage with Chili-lime Dressing

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Grilled Cabbage with Chili-Lime Dressing

My mind almost exploded when I saw shelves begin to be lined with Halloween candy and decorations at the end of August—seriously, too soon...it was still damn hot, damn humid, and back-to-school season wasn't even over. Now that we're entering mid-September, I've finally found expectance though, but our current spat of ideal 80 degree days also doesn't have me letting go of summer quite yet. As an ode to this hybrid summer-fall time we have going on, I'm busting out this very fitting recipe for grilled cabbage with chili-lime dressing.

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Thu Sep 8, 2016

Szechuan Green Beans

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Szechuan Green Beans

I just returned home from a long weekend in Houston, and while you may think my trips down to Texas are all about barbecue—smoked beef was definitely on the agenda—it's actually veered more towards Asian cuisine. One thing I do miss after leaving New York is the ample amount of truly excellent Asian options, so that tends to top my list of must-eats whenever I'm in an region that excels in that area, Houston being one of the them. This lack of everyday availability of items I truly love has driven a bigger desire to learn how to cook my favorite dishes at home, and Szechuan green beans is no-brainer place to start—it's one of the items my wife and I also always order.

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Tue Sep 6, 2016

Sauced: Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy & Giveaway

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Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy

Sauce Stats

Name
Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy
Produced by
Cost
$6 for 12oz at Joe Joe's Hog Shack
Ingredients
Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Apple Juice, Honey, Molasses, Sugar, Hot Sauce, Spices, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Liquid Smoked
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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Quality ingredients that combine into a standard barbecue profile with a little extra tang and heat make Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy a sauce that will serve your grilled and smoked meats well.