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

Tue Jun 9, 2015

Chili-rubbed Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Grilled Mango Salsa

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Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

I run a pretty predicable cyclical pattern with my diet each year. Once Thanksgiving hits, I give up resistance to any attempt to improve my health and indulge in all the meat and fat that makes the holidays and winter a comforting, survivable time. When spring hits, I start to introduce some semblance of balance, however misguided it may be, into my meal selection and take up biking and walking more. This year I've broken that trend and have yet to crawl out from the gluttony I wallowed in during the colder months. I have a fear that letting myself do this is so easy that I may never bring myself out of it and I'll inevitably suffer the consequences of that decision in the long run. I need a swift kick in the ass to get myself into full spring/summer mode and I thought revisiting some of the lighter sides of grilling I've done would serve as good inspiration. So with that, I bring you what I consider healthier grilling by way of these chili-rubbed mahi mahi tacos with a grilled mango salsa.

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Thu Jun 4, 2015

Sauced: Jack Daniel's Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce

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Jack Daniel's Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Jack Daniel's Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Approximately $2 for 19oz at your local grocery store
Ingredients
Tomato Concentrate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Water, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavoring, Mustard Flour, Caramel Color, Spices, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate as Preservatives,, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Flavoring, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Xanthan Gum
Color
Reddish-Brown
Meatwave Rating
210
out of 10
Take a Pass
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Too much smoke and sugar is this sauces downfall, creating an unbalanced flavor out of the jar and easily susceptible to burning on the grill.

Tue Jun 2, 2015

Memphis-Style Dry Ribs

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Memphis Dry-rubbed Ribs

Back in the day, I'd call pretty much any rib I didn't slather with sauce, "dry ribs." Not only were they indeed dry, but they looked and tasted like the dry ribs I've always been served at restaurants. It wasn't until I had some excellent dry ribs at Peg Leg Porker, down in Nashville, that I understood just what I'd been missing. So I got to talking to pitmaster Carey Bringle about what sets his ribs apart from the crowd.

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Thu May 28, 2015

So, We Meat Again

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So, We Meat Again

Anyone living in the Northeast knows this past winter was a bitch. We lived through months of frigid temps and snow with an equally cold, damp, and depressing start to spring. Having weathered all that made the start of the Meatwave season just that much sweeter, and we sure began this 12th year in grand style. With one of my most ambitious menus to date and a turn out that was only rivaled by last year's Memorial Day, this was surely a Meatwave that will be remembered for a long time.

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Tue May 26, 2015

Smoky Pulled Barbecue Chicken

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Pulled Chicken

Pulled pork is a wondrous thing. Made from pork shoulder, it's slowly smoked until the intramuscular fat and connective tissue renders and softens, leaving nothing but tender, juicy meat that can be shredded easily by hand. The process takes a good twelve to fourteen hours at a low temperature of 225°F, during which time the meat picks up a smoky flavor while developing an intensely flavored exterior bark. It's one of the classics of the barbecue cannon, which raises the question: Why does pulled barbecue chicken fail to reach a similar level of renown?

If my own experience is any indication, the answer is that pulled chicken, as tender and juicy as it can be, almost always lacks the right balance between meat, seasoning, and smoke. It tends to be so inundated with sauce that any trace of chicken flavor is completely drowned out. It's also often devoid of smokiness, unless the barbecue sauce contains liquid smoke (an ingredient I detest for its overpoweringly acrid flavor).

But just because most pulled chicken fails to reach the heights of pulled pork doesn't mean it shouldn't still taste great. I decided that it was time to figure out how to make really good pulled chicken. And with a little barbecue know-how, I was able to come up with a recipe that's outdone any pulled chicken I've ever encountered before.

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