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

Thu Nov 16, 2017

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Thanksgiving time is upon us, and I'm in the process of plotting out my menu, making recipe swaps and adjustments to ensure this year is an improvement over the last. As I was working through this, I realized one recipe that has held strong and seen no changes over the years was my cranberry sauce—if you're not making your own, your missing out on how just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of effort is a huge improvement over store bought. This got me thinking about what I could do different with cranberry sauce, and while I'll likely always opt for my tried and true recipe, the slight off topic thought of a cranberry barbecue sauce entered my mind and I just had to act on it.

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Tue Nov 14, 2017

Sauced: Skylight Inn BBQ

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Skylight Inn BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Skylight Inn BBQ Eastern NC Style Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$7.00 for 17.25oz at Skylight Inn BBQ
Ingredients
Water, Distilled Vinegar, Hot Sauce, Tomato Paste, Spices, Corny Syrup, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Spices, Artificial Color
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

Skylight Inn BBQ delivers the spicy tang you'd expect from an Eastern NC sauce, but adds in a few extra layers and complexity of spices that makes it really stand out.

Thu Nov 9, 2017

Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

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Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

There was a time, not that far in the past, that I would have never thought I would be exalting the virtues of grilled cabbage, but here we are today. Not only is grilling cabbage one of the best ways to cook this vegetable, it's endlessly versatile, making it an easy choice to fit into just about any menu, and it's saved me on numerous occasions when I either couldn't think of an appropriate side or didn't have time to make something more elaborate. My last German-themed Meatwave is one such example—I had my prep time filled making sausages and other mains as well as was having a difficult time coming up with a fitting vegetarian side dish. I thought I was going to have to pull a cop out and just buy some bags of chips or pretzels, but then grilled cabbage creeped into my brain and saved the day. Quick to put together and dressed with a mustard vinaigrette, it fit seamlessly into the day.

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Thu Nov 2, 2017

Currywurst

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Currywurst

While I'm starting to move into the mindset that the process of making sausages is not so arduous that it can't be done on a regular basis, the fact of the matter is it's still more time consuming than the majority of other recipes I do. So, when it does come time to work on some links, I usually make it count and do at least five pound batches, which both leaves me in a position to not have go back and remake the sausages anytime soon, but I also usually end up with more than I know what to do with. Luckily, I had a perfect use for some excess bratwurst I had on hand at the last Meatwave—serve them as currywurst!

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Tue Oct 31, 2017

Sauced: Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce

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Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Sauced: Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian Barbeque Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Appx. $2.99 for 18 oz. at your local grocery
Ingredients
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Modified Food Starch, contains less than 2% of: Salt, Spice, Caramel Color, Yeast Extract, Sesame Oil, Sodium Benzoate as preservative, Natural Flavor, Garlic
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
More Sauce Reviews

The addition of sweet pineapple juice creates and extra sugary and fruity flavor profile, but does so at the expense of barbecue sauce complexity and balance.