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

Thu Feb 26, 2015

Sauced: Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

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Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Butcher BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$5.00 for 18oz at Butcher BBQ
Ingredients
Ketchup, Brown Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Granulated Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Worcestershire Sauce, Hydrogenized Vegetable Protein, Spice Blend, Mustard Flour, Salt, Black Pepper, Ground Red Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Ground Allspice, Sodium Benzoate
Color
Dark Brown
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A sweet molasses sauce on the surface has a whole lot more going on under the hood with a plethora of spices that give a unique and delicious flavor profile.

Tue Feb 24, 2015

Herb-Crusted Lamb Skewers with Dijon Mustard

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Spring Meatacular!

Last summer I went on a mission to create some the most flavorful skewers of meat as possible. That led me to awesome things like beefy steakhouse kebabs, sweet and salty yakitori, tangy mojo pork skewers, and a host of others I'll be sharing in the coming months. Of them all though, these herb-crusted lamb skewers tugged at my heart the most. I'm a man who gives preference to strong over subtle flavors, and with a heavy base like lamb that's built upon with spicy Dijon and a mixture of fresh herbs, these kebabs delivered so much for me to love.

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Tue Feb 17, 2015

Chicken Yakitori

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Yakitori

For years, my seafood aversion left me being that person who only orders off the "kitchen" menu at Japanese restaurants. During those days when I wasn't the eater I am today, I knew exactly what I was getting each and every time I stepped inside a Japanese place—chicken teriyaki. As I slowly branched out to other items—katsu, negimaki, tempura, curry...basically anything not seafood based—I left teriyaki behind and anything that resembled it, feeling like I was closing a shameful chapter of my life. So it was with a little trepidation that I decided to do a recipe for yakitori, because this simple grilled chicken skewer with a sweet teriyaki-like glaze seemed like a reversion to days I would like to forget. In making it though, I found that yakitori was nothing to be ashamed of, but rather something to exalt.

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Thu Feb 12, 2015

Sauced: Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

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Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce
Cost
$5.49 for 15oz at the Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Water, Vinegar, Ketchup, Shortening, Spices, Louisiana Hot Sauce
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
210
out of 10
Take a Pass
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A flavor of mainly watered down vinegar with a little spice leaves Cooper's struggling for relevancy and a good use at home, even if it works well in the restaurant.

Tue Feb 10, 2015

Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

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Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

Growing up, I was pretty sure cauliflower contained the plague, or at least I treated it as such, going so far as to remove it from my plate prior to indulging in anything else it sat next to, which was guaranteed to be at least 1000x more delicious in comparison, no matter what it was. I know I didn't give cauliflower a fair shake, but neither did it ever present itself as anything except a bland, pale, and unappetizing vegetable that was almost always either under or over cooked.

In my formative eating years, I was forced to face cauliflower head on though—one week after another, a different colored variety presented itself in our weekly CSA bounty that I had to find use for. I quickly learned that roasting it at a high temperature created an appealing slightly crisp outside with a tender, but not mushy, inside that transformed it from something I actively avoided to openly loved.

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