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

Thu Apr 19, 2018

Grilled Kimchi

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Grilled Kimchi

You'd be hard pressed to call this last month "spring." If it was really spring, we would have been Meatwaving, and at this time last year I already had two cookouts under my belt. I was planning to have a similar schedule this year, but cold, rain, and snow have persisted for so long that it has felt unrelenting. It became clear a winter Meatwave wasn't going to happen, but it started warming up a bit around mid-March and I set my sights on getting things up and running by month's end, planning out a whole Korean-themed menu I couldn't wait to execute. A week prior to my selected start date, I even began working on a recipe for grilled kimchi, knowing I would need at least seven days to let it ferment nicely prior to serving. Then that hopeful start of the season came and went without any cookout—mother nature decided it would be better to have snow and a high in the low 40s rather than letting me begin my Meatwaves. Sad, but not never defeated, I pushed my first event back month and figured my kimchi would just get to ferment longer, which may not be a bad thing. It's felt like forever since then, but this weekend we finally kickoff the season and it was finally time to crack open that kimchi and see how it did.

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Tue Apr 17, 2018

Sauced: Townsend Spice & Supply Original BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Townsend Spice & Supply Original BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Townsend Spice & Supply Original BBQ Sauce
Cost
$3.95 for 18oz at Townsend Spice & Supply
Ingredients
Ketchup, Water, Sugar, Vinegar, Dehydrated Onions, Chili Powder, Lemon Juice, Mustard Flour, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Natural Smoke Falvorings
Color
Rusty Orange-Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A well balanced sauce that checks all the barbecue flavor boxes and works well both on and off the grill is no easy feat, but Townsend Spice & Supply Original BBQ Sauce does exactly that.

Thu Apr 12, 2018

Barbecue Chicken Tacos

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Barbecue Chicken Tacos

While creating new recipes is the constant drive of this now 12 year old project, it's the unexpected surprises that make it feel exciting and keep me plugging away and sharing. Take, for example, these barbecue chicken tacos. In all honesty, this was a recipe pitch to a client that I wasn't totally jazzed about—it just seemed to fit the bill of being something familiar and accessible, while also different enough that it wasn't already represented in their catalog. It was accepted and I ventured forth with what I thought would be a bit of throw-away in the end, but what came together was so tasty and worked so well that it really took me aback and changed my perception of what ideas are worth acting upon.

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Thu Apr 5, 2018

Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

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Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

Each Thanksgiving I like to keep the menu mostly the same, but change up a couple things so the meal always feels comforting while also leaving some room for creativity and anticipation for the new. This past year I decided it was the green vegetable's turn to make the switch from my standard green bean casserole to something different. Not quite sure what to make, I asked my sister, who said both her and my Dad were quite fond of both brussels sprout and broccoli. I wasn't a hundred percent clear if those were meant to be considered separately, but I decided to do a combo of both hearty veggies that have similar roasting times, and paired them with a Spanish chorizo that I was hoping would add some heat along with its meatiness. I got the later out of the sausage, but no real spice, which left the side lacking in my opinion, so I decided to give spicy roasted brussels and broccoli another shot, and this time I ended up with what I was previously hoping for.

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Tue Apr 3, 2018

Sauced: Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful Gold BBQ Sauce

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Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful Gold BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Jim Quessenberry's Sauce Beautiful Gold BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$5.95 for 15oz from Jim Quessenberry
Ingredients
Tomato Concentrate from Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, Cider Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Mustard, Spices, Salt, Xantham Gum, Natural Flavors
Color
Yellow-brown
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

A standard barbecue sauce base gets a heavy dose of mustard to create a flavor that's incredibly robust and complex, taking things a step further than your average mustard-based sauce.