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

Thu Aug 16, 2018

Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Herbs, and Sumac

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Lemon, Sumac, & Herb Chicken

If you follow the Meatwave, you know by know that I don't hold back at my cookouts. Each one I host is an excuse to make as many new recipes as possible, usually outputting six to eight unique dishes each time. Guests, understandably, want to a try a little of everything, which keeps me focused on items that can be consumed, or at least divided up into, in small sampling portions. For that reason, dishes that can't be made smaller often don't make the menu, and even if they do, I know going in they may not get eaten because the increased stomach space they require make them undesirable within the larger feast. So it was with some reservation that I decided to throw this whole chicken with herbs, lemon, and sumac into an already overcrowded menu, but then realized I was onto something good when the entire plate disappeared.

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Thu Aug 9, 2018

Pulled Pork Fries

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Pulled Pork Fries

My kitchen is stocked to the point where I really don't need to add anything to accomplish just about any task I want to. This can be frustrating for someone who likes new toys like myself, and it's really just a waiting game until something breaks or outlives its usefulness to be able to replace it and be able to purchase new and improved model. This happened recently to my old mandoline, whose feet broke off in a way that was not fixable and rendered it unsafe for use. That mandoline put in about 10 years of great service, but the thought of replacing it left me more excited for the new than sad about the lost of the past. I went straight into research mode and after some time, settled on an OXO brand mandoline that seemed to strike the perfect balance of features, positive reviews, and value and went out and bought it post haste. One of those new features for me was a shoestring slicing option, and it didn't take me too long to make use of it when I decided I needed these pulled pork fries in my life.

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Tue Aug 7, 2018

Sauced: Buxton Hall Gold BBQ Sauce

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Buxton Hall Gold BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Gold BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.00 for 12.7oz Buxton Hall Barbecue
Ingredients
Mustard, Worcestershire, Honey, Lots of Black Pepper
Color
Mustard Yellow
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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This sauce's minimalism let's the pungency and tartness of yellow mustard do most of the work, while just some honey, Worcestershire, and pepper add the complimentary barbecue notes.

Thu Aug 2, 2018

Cherry-chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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Cherry-chipotle Barbecue Sauce

To date, I've shared almost everything I've made—at least all recipes worthy of sharing—just as I made them so you can hopefully grill and smoke up dishes that come out exactly how they did for me. The only thing I've held back on are my exact recipes for the sauces and I rubs I used in competition, and at one point, even considered bottling and selling. I have not done any comps in a long time and have no plans to sell my stuff, so I don't really see a reason to guard these few recipes any longer. So to release one such item from the vault, I decided to share my cherry-chipotle barbecue sauce, which is a sauce that's equally delicious and unique, making it something you likely won't find on grocery shelves and should definitely try out at home.

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Thu Jul 26, 2018

Chicken Shawarma

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Chicken Shawarma

I did a stint studying abroad in Tel Aviv, and during that time, shawarma was the most consistent item in my diet—it was common for it to be my lunch or dinner many, many times a week. This built an unwavering love for this spiced meat usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then stuffed into pitas with a multitude of toppings. I've tried shawarma at home before, but my use of lean turkey breast didn't render the glistening, fatty output that's one reason this stuff is so delicious. So it was kind of a no brainer to give shawarma another shot at a Middle Eastern-themed Meatwave I threw earlier this month, and this time, I it fared much better.

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