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

Thu Dec 18, 2014

Sauced: Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

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Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce
Cost
$35.00 for 6 13.5oz bottles at Trifecta Gourmet Sauces
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, White Sugar, Red Onions, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Jalapeño Peppers, Hot Pepper Sauce, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce, Smoke Flavor, Onion Powder, Spices, Xanthan Gum
Color
Reddish-orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A bright and fresh flavor that brings in an excellent balance between sweet, tangy, and spicy makes Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce a great all around choice suited for almost any barbecue or grilling need.

Tue Dec 16, 2014

Coke and Pineapple Glazed Ham

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Coke and Pineapple Glazed City Ham

I'm a ham fiend, but this sweet swine is usually relegated to a once-a-year occasion, when it takes center stage at my in-laws Christmas party. In that one night, I bask in the ecstasy of the cured and smoked meat, stuffing myself well beyond reason.

While I'm pretty well versed in ham consumption, when I was plotting to prepare one myself last fall, I realized that my experience cooking it was limited to a single prior attempt. Although it's a seemingly simple prospect—hell, the thing is already cooked—I learned that the devil is in the details and decided to do a test run, which led to this amazing Coke-and pineapple-glazed ham.

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Tue Dec 9, 2014

Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

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Mushroom & Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

A grand holiday like Christmas requires a fitting centerpiece on the table, and the enormity and richness of a large slab of beef seems an apt player for that role. For a special occasion such as this, I'd probably shell out for an incredibly flavorful rib roast, give it a lot of salt and pepper, roast it on the grill until medium-rare, serve, and then take my seat behind Santa in delivering some joy to the day.

Partly because that seemed too easy, and partly because a straightforward rib roast is covered territory, I wanted to take on a more involved beef project for my Christmas main, which is how I came to make this spinach and mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin.

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Thu Dec 4, 2014

Sauced: Kansas City's Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce

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Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Kansas City's Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce
Cost
$3.99 for 18oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, White Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Water, Sugar, Spice Blend (Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Ancho Chili Powder), Mustard Flour, Natural Smoke Flavor, Salt, Onion Powder, Molasses, Garlic Granules, Tamarind Concentrate, and Spices
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce delivers all the ubiquitous barbecue flavors—sweet molasses, tangy vinegar, fruity tomato, and a light smokiness—in a robust, but balanced manner that makes it a great all-purpose sauce for your grilling and barbecue needs.

Tue Dec 2, 2014

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sweet Potato Wedges

I'm all about the sweet potato all fall and winter. There's rarely a hearty main I wouldn't pair up with the sweet velvety innards of these orange tubers, which bring instant comfort to me. Although I've done plenty of sweet potato recipes on the grill, I've never quite gotten them to the same point of perfection over the flames as I have in the oven. I thought it was about time I gave the sweet potato the attention it deserves, making it as great as it can be in wedge form on the grill.

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