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

Thu Dec 14, 2017

Schwenkbraten Sandwiches

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Schwenkbraten

I'm no master of German cuisine, and when I decided to host an Oktoberfest cookout of sorts, my first, and only, recipes I thought of were all of the wurst variety. I felt like I both wanted to cook and offer more than sausages to my guest, so did some research on other ubiquitous German grilled meats and came across schwenkbraten—marinated and grilled pork neck steaks. It seemed like schwenkbraten consisted of three things, all dubbed schwenker—the unique suspended swinging grill over a live fire for cooking, the person actually doing the grilling (or most correctly, the swinging), and the meat itself. Seeing as I had two out of three and, having never had schwenkbraten before, I was freed a bit of the confines of authenticity, it seemed like a decent choice to help fill out the menu with at least one thing that fit the theme was not an encased meat.

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Tue Dec 12, 2017

Sauced: 17th Street Apple City Red

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17th St Barbecue Sauce: Apple City Red

Sauce Stats

Name
17th Street Barbecue Sauce: Apple City Red
Produced by
Cost
$18 for 3 18oz bottles at 17th Street Barbecue
Ingredients
Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar, and Natural Spices
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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A truly excellent balance of bright and sweet tomato with tangy vinegar and a complex, yet harmonious mix of spices that worked both on and off the grill, makes Apple City Red a go-to choice for just about any application.

Thu Dec 7, 2017

Veggie Burger Patty Melts

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Veggie Burger Patty Melts

I have to admit, my old thought process on vegetarians attending the Meatwave was that knew what they were coming to, so why cook anything specifically catered to them. Sometimes non-meat items where on the menu, sometimes not, and I always had veggie burgers and buns on hand to at least offer something. That was literally the least I could do, and it was non-empathic and not fair. Nowadays, I try to balance my menus between meaty and non-meaty items so there's something for everyone, and in scenarios where meat-free is a challenge—like at a German-themed cookout from this past summer—I still can't bring myself to default solely to frozen veggie burgers alone anymore. Everyone deserves more than that, even if it's a small, incremental step, like these veggie burger patty melts.

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Thu Nov 30, 2017

Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

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Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

I've never been too keen on Chinese eggplant dishes where the thick, syrupy sauce fuses with the overly softened eggplant to create a kind of overall mushy experience that isn't quite for my personal palate. I tried to make this type of eggplant a couple times in my early days of recipe development to see if I could do anything more appetizing to me, but never got results I was all that happy with. Then, while researching ideas for a Chinese-influenced Meatwave, I came across a few recipes for eggplant with yu xiang sauce and the looks of that tangy and spicy Sichuan sauce seemed like something I could really get behind. So I took another stab at an eggplant-plus-sauce type of recipe, and this time I was left absolutely smitten.

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Tue Nov 28, 2017

Sauced: Foster's Market Memphis Style BBQ Sauce

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Foster's Market Memphis-style BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Foster's Market Memphis Style BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$7.00 for 16oz at Foster's Market
Ingredients
Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Apple Cider Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Molasses, Kosher Salt, Mustard Powder, Black Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper
Color
Rusty Orange-Red
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
More Sauce Reviews

A chunky tomato base brings a unique and fresh stamp to this sauce's otherwise highly tangy character.