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

Thu Jul 23, 2015

Parting is Such Meat Sorrow

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Parting is Such Meat Sorrow

If you've been paying attention, you probably noticed that for the first time in a long time, I haven't been keeping up with my blogging duties. It's a bit shameful for that to happen during prime grilling season, but I have good reason—I recently left my longtime home of Astoria, NY and moved down south to Durham, NC. I kind of underestimated how much time and energy moving would take, so had to let some things fall to the sidelines, and writing was one of those things. I couldn't, however, stop grilling, and before I left the city, I had one last Meatwave blowout with all of my awesome friends.

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Tue Jul 21, 2015

Mini Gyro Burgers

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Mini-gyro Burgers

I have to start out this post giving credit where credit is due—these mini-gyro burgers are a direct inspiration from MP Taverna in Astoria, Queens mixed with a Greek-America gyro loaf recipe devised by my editor at Serious Eats, Kenji. Although the translation of trying to make a really good gyro-inspired burger ended up being pretty direct, the road to it came with some learnings on building a small-scale burger for the grill, and striking just the right balance between this being able to be considered a burger, but still taste distinctly like a gyro.

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Wed Jul 15, 2015

Grilled Pasta Primavera

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Grilled Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera was once my answer to an almost weekly problem—what to do with loads of veggies from our CSA. For me, roasting whatever bounty we received that week and then tossing them with pasta was an easy, and consistently delicious, solution. The repetitiveness of the CSA ultimately led me to jump ship, but pasta primavera has remained in my life as a fairly healthy meal that's quick enough to put together on a weeknight and makes for good leftovers. I'm not sure why, but I've always roasted my veggies in the over for this and never thought of utilizing my grill until recently, which is a shame, because the results were decidedly even more awesome.

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Tue Jun 30, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a T-Bone Steak

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Porterhouse

When it comes to steak, I'm an economy cuts man. Well, I say with a bit of grumble that I was an economy man before my choice cuts of skirt, hanger, or flank became so desirable that their market value shot up beyond "bargain" territory. Still, they're easier on the wallet than the high-end cuts like ribeyes and T-bones, which I certainly love, but can hardly justify buying, knowing that I'll be just as happy with a steak a quarter of the cost.

But I'm also a man who would never pass up a porterhouse under the right circumstances, so when Serious Eats asked me to develop a recipe for perfectly cooked T-bone steaks last year (courtesy of Pat LaFrieda Meat) I jumped at the opportunity. The well-marbled, dry-aged prime steaks that were delivered were so beautiful that I affectionately dubbed them "my babies," and promised myself that no harm would come to them.

I've grilled enough steaks to know how to treat them right, but I did pit a few winning T-bone techniques against each other to see if one would ultimately earn me the title of "#1 Steak Dad."

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Tue Jun 23, 2015

Santa Maria Tri-tip

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Santa Maria Tritip

One thing I'll miss about about New York is you can get just about anything here, although not always without effort. Case in point, tri-tip. I've been aware of this staple of central coastal California "barbecue" for a long time, but it's not a cut the common butcher or supermarket will carry in New York. Due to the inconvenience of searching for, and then traveling to get tri-tip in this city, I never tried making it myself, but last summer I decided it was high time I get off my lazy ass and took on this complex cut with a couple different recipes, the first being done in the vein of traditional Santa Maria-style.

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