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

Tue Jul 17, 2018

Meatle Eastern

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Meatle Eastern

Since moving to Durham, I've adjusted the Meatwave schedule to mostly happen in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, because let's face it, it's just too damn hot and humid for it to be pleasant to sit outside for hours on end in the dead of summer here. This year I got tripped up though by some unusually cold and wet early spring months that made me fall behind in my ambitious meat-related plans, so to make up for lost time, I decided I needed to continue hosting no matter what the weather was. This led me to implementing some new Meatwave features to beat the heat, along with devising a menu of Middle Eastern-influenced food that would be fitting for the scorching weather.

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Thu Jul 12, 2018

Grilled Skirt Steak Ssam

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Skirt Steak Ssam

Skirt, flank, and hanger are my personal trifecta of favorite steaks. While I eat skirt and flank fairly regularly due to their easy procurement, hanger tends to be a special occasion type of thing. It's actually been a couple years since I last cooked a hanger, leaving me with an ever increasing desire to grill one up and decided that using Momofuku's hanger steak ssam recipe at my Korean-themed Meatwave would be the perfect occasion to get some of this delicious, beefy steak back into my life. That proved easier said than done as no local shop had any hangers in stock, and I was too late to place a special order. So a bit disappointed, but not defeated, I kept chugging along with the idea, but just swapped the fairly similar skirt steak in place, and really, at the end of the day, when the beef was made into lettuce wraps with a variety of toppings, the difference between skirt and hanger probably would have been pretty indistinguishable.

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Tue Jul 10, 2018

Sauced: Traeger Sweet & Heat

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Traeger Sweet & Heat

Sauce Stats

Name
Traeger Sweet & Heat
Produced by
Cost
$9.99 for 16oz at Traeger Grills
Ingredients
Water, Brown Sugar, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Apricot Puree, Molasses, Distilled Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Spices, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Onion, Mustard Seed Powder, Black Pepper, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavoring
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A well balanced sweet and spicy sauce, with enough layers of complexity to make each bite interesting, makes this an excellent all-purpose selection.

Thu Jul 5, 2018

Grilled Za'atar Bread

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Za'atar Bread

There's nothing quite like fresh bread. I was at the end of a long and hot Meatwave this past weekend, having worked through about five hearty recipes that left all my all guests throughly stuffed when I finally got around the grilling this za'atar bread. I worried everyone would be too full to eat much of it, but it only took mere minutes after I put out the six whole pieces bread for them to disappear—the draw of hot, fresh bread is something I feel like you can always make room for, kind of like dessert. There were so many reasons why this bread was extremely pleasing, but being the cook, one of the best parts was how simple it was to make.

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Thu Jun 28, 2018

Pastrami Tempeh Reubens

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Tempeh Reubens

Fourth of July is almost here and a lot of us are likely getting prepped for some big celebration. For me, that would normally mean stocking up on tons of meat for a blowout cookout, and while my central focus is around a carnivorous diet, I'm in the habit now into ensuring my vegetarian friends are equally cared for. That has meant ditching the usual veggie burgers and dogs and taking up more unique and thoughtful dishes. Back at my Memorial Day event, I was smoking up some pastrami for reubens, which gave me the idea to both utilize the existing ingredients I had on hand and also make something pretty special for the non-meat eaters with these tempeh reubens.

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