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

Thu Jan 26, 2017

Savory Vietnamese Flavored Wings

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Savory Thai Flavored Wings

I remember when Pok Pok opened in New York—I had heard so many good things about this Thai restaurant, which had already been established as a shining star in the Portland scene, that I couldn't wait to go try it myself. Assuming opening crowds, I decided to hold on a visit for a bit, but then days turned into weeks, into months, into years, and I left New York without having ever ventured to Cobble Hill for their food. A renewed excitement brewed though when I noticed the only destination shopping my wife wanted to do on a recent trip to L.A. happened to be in the same building as the Pok Pok there, and with a mere hour or so between a wedding ceremony and reception, I made that time really count with a quick stop in to finally try it out.

Out of everything at Pok Pok, I've heard and read most about their Vietnamese-flavored, fish sauce laden wings, so that was going to be my go-to order until the wife worried that the combination of wings, my one really nice suit, and less than graceful eating habits may be a recipe for disaster. So instead we got some incredible salty and savory ribs (I didn't see ribs as a much better option, but I relented) and left my first Pok Pok experience both pleasantly pleased and slightly disappointed I missed out on the wings.

So now, months later, the thought of those wings has continued to stir in my brain, which led me to create these grilled savory Vietnamese flavored wings.

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Tue Jan 24, 2017

Sauced: HT Traders Memphis Barbecue Sauce

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HT Traders Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
HT Traders Memphis Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$2.99 for 18oz at Harris Teeter
Ingredients
Water, Tomato Paste, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Caramel Color, Spices, Natural Smoke Flavor, Dried Garlic and Onion, Sugar, Molasses, Anchovies, Natural Flavor, Tamarind, Xanthan Gum, Paprika, Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate
Color
Dark maroon
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
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A well balanced and layered barbecue aroma doesn't translate to the most robust flavor or great grilling performance in this Memphis-style sauce.

Thu Jan 19, 2017

Alabama White Sauce Wings

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Alabama White Sauce Wings

For our third stop on this wingtastic January journey, I'm pulling out an oldie, but goodie. Well, it's not really old as I've never made white sauce chicken previously in a wing-only variation, but it is a recipe I've cooked a number of times over the years in its more common whole bird form. For the uninitiated, slow smoked birds dunked in a mayo-based barbecue sauce is an Alabama tradition, one that I learned from Chris Lilly at Big Bob Gibson in Decatur that has some grand results that transfered exceedingly well to this smaller scale application.

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Thu Jan 12, 2017

Memphis Dry Rub Wings

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Memphis Dry-rubbed Wings

A couple years back I tried my hand at real deal Memphis dry rub ribs—that's where the ribs are cooked over charcoal, brushed with a vinegar-rub mixture while cooking, and finished with a healthy dusting of more dry rub. While the results were undoubtedly tasty, they didn't reach the delectable heights of the more commonplace barbecued rib. This started me thinking if ribs were truly the best medium for this dry-rub application, and I couldn't help but wonder if my so-loved wings might be a more apt choice for delivering the full impact of the sweet, spicy, and herbal rub. Well, I gave it a try and here's how things played out.

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Tue Jan 10, 2017

Sauced: Pork and Peck'r BBQ Sauce

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Pork and Peck'r BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Pork and Peck'r BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Broadway Sauce Company
Cost
Approximately $3.69 in North Carolina local grocery stores
Ingredients
Ketchup, Mustard, Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce; Wine, Peppers, Lemon Juice, Salt, Black Pepper
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

A play between mustard and ketchup gives this sauce its unique stamp that's backed up by the clean barbecue sauce flavors of sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire.