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

Tue Jul 8, 2014

Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise

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Meatroccan Nights

I was pretty damn proud of myself that I pulled off making merguez at home. I thought I hit a high point in my exploration into Moroccan-influenced grilling with those links, but then I took those little sausages and put them between a toasted baguette, added some caramelized onions, cilantro, Manchego, and harissa mayo and created one of my favorite things I've ever grilled.

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Thu Jul 3, 2014

Sauced: Absolutely Perfect Blue Ribbon St. Louis BBQ Sauce Plus Giveaway

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Absolutely Perfect Championship Blue Ribbon St. Louis BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Championship Blue Ribbon St. Louis BBQ Sauce
Cost
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, Light Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cane Sugar, Water, Honey, Orange Juice Concentrate, Worcestershire Sauce, Kosher Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gun, and Spices
Color
Orange-Red
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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Calling a sauce "Absolutely Perfect Blue Ribbon" takes a whole lot of confidence, and luckily this sauce lives up to its name with an incredibly well balanced bright and tangy all-purpose barbecue sauce flavor.

Tue Jul 1, 2014

Homemade Merguez

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Meatroccan Nights

There can't be a bad Meatwave—as long as I'm with my friend and grilling, I'm happy—but some certainly stand out as true achievements. One of those was last summer's Meatroccan Nights, where I decided to do an entirely Moroccan-themed menu that spanned eight different recipes. I tend to overdue the amount of recipes I tackle each time I have an audience, but that's part of the game, especially considering they won't all be winners. On that day last June though, each thing I pulled off the grill just seemed better than the last, and by the end of the day I remember feeling very accomplished and proud of what had just transpired. So to relive one of my prouder grilling moments, I'm dedicating the entire month of July to the Moroccan-influenced recipes from that day, beginning with the one that sparked the idea in the first place—merguez.

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Tue Jun 24, 2014

Grilled Lobster with Lemon-Shallot Butter

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Grilled Lobster

For all the meat I've gone through over the years, I've yet to ever kill what I eat. The idea doesn't bother me, but I'm a city boy and hunting isn't some dream I feel like I need to fulfill. Not being much of seafood guy either, I've never even experienced probably the easiest of kills to deal with—lobster. That was until last summer when Serious Eats was in the midst of some intense lobster coverage and I decided I wanted in on the action to try my hand at grilling these tasty crustaceans. So I dropped a line to my editor, and before I knew it, a package of lobsters shipped direct from Maine the day before was waiting at my doorstep.

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Thu Jun 19, 2014

Sauced: Garland Jack's Secret Six Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce

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Garland Jack's Secret Six Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce Review

Sauce Stats

Name
Garland Jack's Secret Six Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce
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Cost
Approximately $2.19 for 18oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Modified Food Starch, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Dried Onions, Dried Garlic, Spice, Mustard Flour, Paprika, Potassium Sobrate
Color
Reddish-brown
Meatwave Rating
510
out of 10
Middle of the Road
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Deserving it's "Middle of the Road" badge, this sauce neither impresses or lets you down, it merely delivers a standard barbecue flavor that doesn't do much to go beyond the basics.