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

Thu Jul 27, 2017

Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

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Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

It had literally been years since I had made a brisket when my Carne-val celebration rolled around back in May of this year. I had this gnawing desire to get back into the brisket game and had plans to buy two of them, smoking one whole in a Texas fashion, and splitting the second into the flat and point, turning the flat into pastrami and the point into burnt ends. During my shopping for the event though, I only happened upon one brisket, leaving a hole in the menu that second brisket was to fill. I ended up abandoning the pastrami idea, but thought I could still accomplish the burnt ends, but use pork belly instead of beef. Not sure why I never thought of this before because pork belly burnt ends ended up being amazing, and even more so when served in steamed bun style.

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Tue Jul 25, 2017

Sauced: Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce

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Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Heinz Classic Sweet and Thick BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Approximately $2.19 for 19.5oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Cane Sugar, Distilled White Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Blackstrap Molasses, Corn Starch, Salt, Water, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spics, Tamarind Concentrate, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder,
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
More Sauce Reviews

Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce hits familiar bold sweet, spicy, tangy, and smoky flavors that puts it on par with other supermarket sauces, but without anything special to make it rise above those crowded ranks.

Thu Jul 20, 2017

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce

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Spicy Pork Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce

In the days leading up to a Meatwave, I try to keep my schedule light in order to have enough time to prep for what is usually a fairly labor intensive task. Time was something I didn't have though before Meatball Mania! a couple months ago because my wife and I were hosting a couple of out of town guests and showing them a good time around Durham was top priority. So I was on a hunt for meatball creations that required very minimal effort, and in searching for a recipe for one of my favorite meatballs from my days in New York—the spicy pork meatballs from The Meatball Shop—I found out it was not much more than hot cherry peppers and ground pork. So that quick and easy recipe seemed to fit the bill perfectly and it made the cut for that quick-to-prepare Meatwave.

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Thu Jul 13, 2017

Indian-spiced Ribs

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Indian-spiced Ribs

I view ribs much in the way I do chicken—a blank slate just waiting for any type of introduction of flavor. Ribs offer me a great way to experiment with rub and sauce pairings, and my love for that can clearly be traced by venturing through my now twenty-plus rib recipes I've amassed. I feel like no matter what theme my Meatwaves take on, I can always think of a rib recipe that could fit in. While crafting an Indian-inspired menu for a cookout last year, I made a bet that I could use all the spices that were seasoning my chicken and veggies and put them together into a rib recipe that would be both awesome and like none other I've done before, and that's exactly what I got with these Indian-spiced ribs.

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Tue Jul 11, 2017

Sauced: Mike D's Spicy BBQ Sauce

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Mike D's Spicy BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Mike D's Spicy BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$5.00 for 16oz at Mike D's BBQ
Ingredients
Ketchup, Honey, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Light Brown Sugar, Apple Juice, Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Prepared Mustard, Liquid Smoke, Spice and Coloring, Salt, Honey Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili-lime Powder, Chili Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning, Black Pepper, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
Color
Rusty orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

A bright and balance mixture of tomato, vinegar, and honey start this sauce off right, but it's the waves of spices and subsequent heat that really make it something special.