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

Tue Oct 16, 2018

Sauced: Traeger Apricot

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Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Traeger Apricot
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Cost
$9.99 for 16oz at Traeger Grills
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Water, Apricot Puree, Tomato Paste, Modified Corn Starch, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Salt, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavoring, Mustard Seed Powder, Black Pepper
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A strong apricot flavor gives this barbecue sauce a unique taste that, along with its quality ingredients, sets it apart from other sweet tomato barbecue sauces.

Thu Oct 11, 2018

Chicago Char Dogs

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Chicago Char Dogs

This past Meatwave season has been a challenging one. It took a couple months longer than I was expecting to get it off the ground thanks to poor weather, then I had been traveling so much over the summer than I always felt like I was rushing to cram in a cookout with never enough time to prepare. In one of these instances, I only gave myself two days to get everything ready—usually shopping and prep spans twice as long—and decided that a purely hot dog affair would help ease the pressure of trying to do too much it too little time. I knew I really wanted to do Chicago Dogs, which is a favorite of mine, and these turned out being the most stress-free item on the menu because I literally just bought a kit off of the Vienna Beef website, which was the best way for me to procure all the hyper-regional ingredients, ensuring these would be as legit as possible coming off a grill in North Carolina.

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Thu Oct 4, 2018

Grilled Vegetables and Israeli Couscous Salad

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Israeli Couscous & Grilled Vegetables Salad

Well, it felt like the heat would never relent, but finally, the seasons are starting to change here in Durham. It's not quite feeling like fall yet though, but more how a pleasant summer should be—warm and comfortable, just generally good times to be outside. So I have not yet transitioned into my orange veggie, fall extravaganza mode, but instead am enjoying the last hurrays of the summer season, and this grilled vegetable and Israeli couscous salad is good note to go out on.

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Tue Oct 2, 2018

Sauced: Rich's Sweet Heat

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Rich's Sweet Head

Sauce Stats

Name
Rich's Sweet Heat
Produced by
Cost
$6.95 for 16.25oz at Rich's Sweet Heat
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Molasses, Honey, Garlic Salt, Teriyaki Sauce, Soy Sauce, Chili Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Cayenne Pepper, Spices
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

A base of teriyaki, soy sauce, and Worcestershire gives this sweet and tangy sauce a huge savory quality that's paired with a nice hit of heat at the end.

Thu Sep 27, 2018

Bockwurst

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Bockwurst

To be totally honest, I've never been a huge bratwurst guy. I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm attracted to more heavily flavored things and, while I can appreciate bratwurst's light seasoning, there are so many other sausages out there I would pick over a brat. So when deciding to do an Oktoberfest themed cookout last year, bratwurst was on the menu for good measure, but it wasn't the sausage I was most excited about trying to make at home, that designation went to bockwurst.

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