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

Thu May 17, 2018

Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

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Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

If you're anything like me, your Memorial Day prep is already underway. I actually used to not host cookouts on the big grilling holidays because, chances were, someone else was planning one. That changed in recent years though, and I've found that when you invite people over for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, everyone shows up. That translates to cooking up large smoked meats, where just a few things can feed the immense crowd. Pork shoulder is my go-to, and the recipe from Big Bob Gibson is my standard, but I do get tired of always doing pulled pork the exact same way, so I came up with something different to offer as an alternative to the usual—a chili-rubbed smoked pork shoulder served as burritos.

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Tue May 15, 2018

Sauced: 17th Street Mike's Original

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17th St Barbecue Sauce Mike's Original

Sauce Stats

Name
17th Street Barbecue Sauce: Mike's Original
Produced by
Cost
$18 for 3 18oz bottles at 17th Street Barbecue
Ingredients
Ketchup, Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Water, Natural Spices
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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Possessing a very well balanced barbecue profile, with a notable increase in mustard, 17th Street Barbecue Mike's Original delivers a real crowd pleasing flavor.

Thu May 10, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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Thu May 3, 2018

Grilled Chipotle-Lime Shrimp

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Chipotle-Lime Shrimp

Sometimes I feel like the entire world loves shrimp except me. I've been seafood averse my whole life, and while I'm more tolerant of sea creatures nowadays, shrimp has not followed suit and remains pretty firmly avoided. Knowing I'm somewhat isolated in this respect, I feel like I can't not cook shrimp, and if I'm going to cook it, I'm going to grill it up the best it can be. So with some tricks to success and a delicious chipotle-lime sauce, I ended up with a dish here that even I partook in, albeit in a smaller than normal quantity.

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Tue May 1, 2018

Sauced: Guy Fieri Sriracha Sweet & Spicy Barbeque Sauce

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Guy Fieri Sriracha Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Guy Fieri Sriracha Sweet & Spicy Barbeque Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Approximately $4.79 for 19oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Sugar, Vinegar, Ground Mustard, Brown Sugar, Salt, Sweet Sriracha Seasoning, Robust Molasses, Honey, Modified Cornstarch, Minced Onion, Granulated Roasted Garlic, Roasted Green Bell Pepper, Natural Caramel Color, Natural Hickory Smoke, Xanthan Gum
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

Sriracha gives this sauce a unique heat that plays well with all the usual barbecue components to create a flavor that demands attention.