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

Tue Dec 27, 2016

Sauced: Saucehound & Giveaway

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Saucehound

Sauce Stats

Name
Saucehound Barbecue Sauce
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Cost
$6.50 for 12oz at Saucehound BBQ
Ingredients
Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Tomato Paste, Water, Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Onion, Garlic, Spices
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A well balance and layered sauce that provides a full flavor without being overpowering makes Saucehound a top choice to complete any task you put it up to.

Thu Dec 22, 2016

Pulled Pork Nachos

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Pulled Pork Nachos

I've admitted in the past that I'm notoriously horrible at eating leftovers—I'll save them with best intentions, but the reality is leftovers are unappealing to me and they usually meet a fate whose wastefulness is a point of shame. There are some exceptions to my leftover aversion though, with pulled pork being one of those outliers. I love leftover pulled pork so much that I tend to smoke twice as many pork butts as I need at any given time so I can divvy up the second one into small servings and freeze for later use. One reason pulled pork breaks from leftover norms is due to its versatility—the options beyond a bun and slaw are almost limitless. While I'm sure you need no proof to deem that statement true, I present to you these pulled pork nachos as an exhibit anyways.

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Thu Dec 15, 2016

Texas-style Smoked Pork Belly

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Texas-style Pork Belly

I'm starting to get ready for my annual pilgrimage to Texas. While holidays with the in-laws serves as the official reason for the trip, I use this time of year to also try out at least a couple new (to me) barbecue joints. Luckily the barbecue scene in Houston is starting to take off—what used to be slim pickin's has bloomed into numerous really excellent options for slow smoked meats. Killen's is regarded as one of the best-in-breed in Houston, and I totally concur after ordering all the meats on my first trip there, plus a side of chicken fried steak for good measure. While there wasn't one low point in that meal, it was oddly the pork belly that left an impression on me since this cut has rarely stood up against the beef ribs and briskets at other establishments. This particular piece of belly had luscious, soft, and flavorful fat paired with the ubiquitous Texas salt and pepper bark that combined to make some fine slices of barbecue. So in anticipation of a trip filled with such delectables, I decided it's an apt time to share my attempt at some Texas-style smoked pork belly.

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Tue Dec 13, 2016

Sauced: Scott's Barbecue Sauce

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Scott's Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Scott's Barbecue Sauce
Cost
$4.50 for 16oz at Scott's Barbecue Sauce
Ingredients
Vinegar, Water, Salt, Peppers, and Spices
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A true Eastern North Carolina sauce through and through, Scott's features not much more than vinegar and spice, and sometimes that's all you need to dress great barbecue.

Thu Dec 8, 2016

Barbecue Beans

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Barbecue Beans

Barbecue beans have been a staple at The Meatwave pretty much since its inception. Since then, I've relied on two recipes to serve me well throughout the years—Alton Brown's Once and Future Bean and Mike Mills' Tangy Pit Beans. The recipes are radically different, one begins with dried beans and requires almost a day from start to finish, while the other utilizes canned beans and can be completed in just over an hour. Both have their own unique qualities, and while either recipe stands up against almost every side of beans I've gotten in a barbecue joint, neither really represents my most ideal barbecue bean. So how to solve that? Make my own recipe!

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