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

Tue Jul 24, 2018

Sauced: King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce

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King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$5.00 for 15oz at King's Hawaiian
Ingredients
Water, Sugar, Tomato Puree Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Organic Hawaiian Yellow Ginger, Bacon, Bacon Fat, Worcestershire Sauce, Mustard, Molasses, Bacon Flavor, Natural Flavor, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Spices, Modified Food Starch, Cultured Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Onion, Natural Flavor, Garlic, Xanthan Gum
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
More Sauce Reviews

A pairing of super sweet ketchup and smoky and meaty bacon output a sauce that suffers from a bit of a personality disorder.

Thu Jul 19, 2018

Grilled Polenta with Fresh Tomatoes and Italian Salsa Verde

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Grilled Polenta with Tomatoes and Salsa Verde

If you go through the Meatwave archives, I bet you'll find a post each year around this time the exults the arrival of tomato season. It's hard for me to understate just how much I love the two or three months a years when the farmer's market tables overflow with tomatoes that are all incredibly sweet and juicy, and during this period, I try to cook with tomatoes as much as possible. This recipe for grilled polenta with fresh tomatoes and Italian salsa verde was really born out of the desire to find another excuse to use tomatoes at the start of the season, but also represented a chance to fix a grilled polenta recipe I worked on about five years ago that didn't really turn out quite right.

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Tue Jul 17, 2018

Meatle Eastern

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Meatle Eastern

Since moving to Durham, I've adjusted the Meatwave schedule to mostly happen in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, because let's face it, it's just too damn hot and humid for it to be pleasant to sit outside for hours on end in the dead of summer here. This year I got tripped up though by some unusually cold and wet early spring months that made me fall behind in my ambitious meat-related plans, so to make up for lost time, I decided I needed to continue hosting no matter what the weather was. This led me to implementing some new Meatwave features to beat the heat, along with devising a menu of Middle Eastern-influenced food that would be fitting for the scorching weather.

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Thu Jul 12, 2018

Grilled Skirt Steak Ssam

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Skirt Steak Ssam

Skirt, flank, and hanger are my personal trifecta of favorite steaks. While I eat skirt and flank fairly regularly due to their easy procurement, hanger tends to be a special occasion type of thing. It's actually been a couple years since I last cooked a hanger, leaving me with an ever increasing desire to grill one up and decided that using Momofuku's hanger steak ssam recipe at my Korean-themed Meatwave would be the perfect occasion to get some of this delicious, beefy steak back into my life. That proved easier said than done as no local shop had any hangers in stock, and I was too late to place a special order. So a bit disappointed, but not defeated, I kept chugging along with the idea, but just swapped the fairly similar skirt steak in place, and really, at the end of the day, when the beef was made into lettuce wraps with a variety of toppings, the difference between skirt and hanger probably would have been pretty indistinguishable.

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Tue Jul 10, 2018

Sauced: Traeger Sweet & Heat

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Traeger Sweet & Heat

Sauce Stats

Name
Traeger Sweet & Heat
Produced by
Cost
$9.99 for 16oz at Traeger Grills
Ingredients
Water, Brown Sugar, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Apricot Puree, Molasses, Distilled Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Spices, Soy Sauce, Garlic, Onion, Mustard Seed Powder, Black Pepper, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavoring
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

A well balanced sweet and spicy sauce, with enough layers of complexity to make each bite interesting, makes this an excellent all-purpose selection.