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

Thu Jan 25, 2018

Smoked, Fried, and Grilled Barbecue Wings

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Smoked, Fried, and Grilled Barbecue Wings

During last year's wing month, I made smoked and fried wings in a quest for the ultimate flavor and texture combo. I was pretty damn proud of what I achieved, then commenter Note went and said he goes the extra mile and smokes, fries, and then grills his wings. That left me feeling like I had only finished a 5k while he was out there winning a marathon and I knew that the triple cooking process needed to be the crowning achievement of wing month 2018. So, without further adieu, I present to you the trifecta of smoked, fried, and grilled barbecue wings!

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Tue Jan 23, 2018

Sauced: Freeman Brothers BBQ Championship Sauce

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Freeman Brothers BBQ Championship Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Freeman Brothers BBQ Championship Sauce
Cost
$6.95 for 16oz at the The BBQ Super Store
Ingredients
Ketchup, Sugar, Vinegar, Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Worcestershire Sauce, Molasses, Salt, Peppers, Spices, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Ground Mustard, Cocoa Powder, Worcestershire Powder
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Freeman Brothers BBQ is a sweet tomato-based sauce that has an incredible complexity and balance that puts it in the high ranks of a crowded field.

Thu Jan 18, 2018

Char Siu Chicken Wings

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Char Siu Chicken Wings

Even if you haven't heard the term "char siu" before, you've likely eaten it. You know those sweet Chinese spare ribs? That's char siu. That red tinged pork in your fried rice? That's char siu. Char siu kind of equates to Chinese barbecue sauce and is used in a number of applications, and I myself have used it to make everything from chicken buns to pork belly to smoked pork butt. One thing I realized I hadn't used char siu sauce for though was wings, and wing month seemed like a good time to finally change that.

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Thu Jan 11, 2018

Al Pastor Wings

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Al Pastor Wings

Wing month soldiers on, this time with a story of redemption. See, I had the idea for these al pastor wings years ago and made them to results that were less than my standard of quality. I still posted the recipe though on Serious Eats, and it's always irked me that it remains out in the wild while I knew I could do much better. So I finally took another stab at making these Mexican-influenced wings and this time around I got a recipe I can proudly stand behind.

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Tue Jan 9, 2018

Sauced: Burnt Finger BBQ Smokey Kansas City Spicy

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Burnt Finger BBQ Smokey Kansas City Spicy

Sauce Stats

Name
Smokey Kansas City Spicy
Produced by
Cost
$5.99 for oz at Burnt Finger BBQ
Ingredients
Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Chipotle Puree, Worcestershire Sauce, Natural Smoke Flavor, Mustard Powder, Black Pepper, Garlic, Cayenne Powder, and Spices
Color
Dark maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

Chipotles give this sauce a pleasing, natural smokiness along with a strong heat that melds well with tons of spices and complex layers of flavor to make one incredibly robust and delicious barbecue sauce.