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

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
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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.

Thu Jul 6, 2017

Jerk Tofu Sliders with Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa

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Jerk Tofu Sliders

So now that I've ventured to the dark side and brought the likes of tofu to these hallowed grounds—and surprisingly didn't hate it—I'm digging in and going deeper. It's not that I'm in a position that I'd choose the tofu over almost anything else, but it is a new medium for me, and with a growing number of friends who apparently have never heard of the food chain, tofu provides a blank slate that I can apply past successes to. In a way, tofu is a lot like chicken in that respect, and so it's apt that my first recipe was for "barbecue" tofu, and now my second is for jerk tofu.

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Thu Jun 29, 2017

Grilled Esquites

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Grilled Esquites

Back in my early days in New York, a good friend of mine had a place across from Cafe Habana on Elizabeth and no trip to see her was ever complete without stopping by the take-out window for some elote either pre- or post-visit. This Mexican corn—slathered in spicy mayo, rolled in cotija cheese, and served with a slice of lime—became so ingrained as part of my diet by the time I took up grilling, it was among the first sides I ever tried cooking myself. Since then, it has continued to be my go-to for many cookouts, Mexican-themed or not, but while this satisfies a craving, it also means no new fodder for recipes to share. Then I realized there's a way to have my elote and still blog about it too—make it in salad form (otherwise known as esquites)!

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