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

Tue Apr 14, 2015

Carne Enchilada Torta

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Carne Enchilada Torta

A while back, my buddy James invited me to help him eat through almost every torta at Tortas Neza in Corona, Queens for a video he was making. I had read odes to the overstuffed tortas made by Galdino Molinero out of his truck that resides under the elevated 7 train at the corner of Roosevelt and 111th, but never tried them, so was only too happy to oblige. There wasn't a low point in the 10 or so sandwiches we ate that day, but a few really haunted my dreams like Tortas Monarcas (carnitas) and Tortas Regias (carne enchilada). The later stuck with me due its profoundly spicy meat that was at the same time crisp and tender, having a saucy, caramelized, and charred exterior that coated slices of pork that were nice and juicy. It was something I wished I could have in my life more often, so attempted a version of it at my grill.

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Thu Apr 9, 2015

Sauced: Soldier Sauce

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Soldier Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Soldier Sauce
Cost
$7.00 for 19oz from Soldier Sauce Foods
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, Red Hot, Olive Oil, Steak Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, Spicy Brown Mustard, Dark Brown Sugar, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A sauce for a cause, Soldier Sauce gives by donating a percentage of each sale to a non-profit that helps military families adjust back into the community after service. Luckily, you get a pretty great sauce to go along with doing good.

Tue Apr 7, 2015

Foil-Wrapped Potatoes With Shallots, Lemon, and Thyme

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Campfire Potatoes

I've prepared potatoes in more ways than I can count, but no matter how deep down the recipe hole I go, it seems like there's always something new to explore. Lucky for me, I can't think of many main courses that wouldn't be made just a bit happier with a pile of spuds sitting alongside.

On the grill alone, I've done potatoes as wedges, salads, hasselbacks, twice-baked, skins, slices, and more. This time, I'm trying out a technique I spotted in Bon Appetit's The Grilling Book. They go by many names—hobo packets, campfire potatoes, foiled potatoes—but the method is all the same: wrap the potatoes in foil, and place them on the grill until steamed and tender. Simple as that.

Of course, nothing is ever quite as simple as that, so I decided to test out a few of my options, starting with the potatoes.

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Tue Mar 31, 2015

Moroccan-Spiced Rack of Lamb

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Moroccan-spiced Rack of Lamb

Holidays call for a little splurging. And when it comes to Easter, lamb is an obvious, splurge-worthy choice. I usually end up going with the leg, but after years of holiday leg of lamb recipes, I decided I owed myself a treat and picked up a rack of lamb instead. The question was, what flavors could I use to make it as delicious as possible?

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Thu Mar 26, 2015

Sauced: Plowboys Barbecue Sweet 180

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Plowboys Barbeque Sweet 180

Sauce Stats

Name
Plowboys Barbecue Sweet 180
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Cost
$6.95 for 16oz at All Things Barbecue
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chipotle Powder, Ground Mustard, Paprika
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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Glossy and sweet, this sauce is built to impress barbecue judges, although that success may not always translate equally as well in the average backyard.