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

Tue Oct 7, 2014

Smoked Chicken Salad

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Smoked Chicken Salad

I like to fill my smoker as much as possible whenever running it—why waste good heat and space? Plus, I contend that the more meat in there, the better things seem to come out. So when I started a fire primarily to smoke only a few duck breasts to make duck pastrami, it seemed almost criminal not to throw in some additional items that I could potentially eat throughout the week. That's how this idea for a smoked chicken salad was born—to make use of that prime smoking space now and end with something that will hold in the fridge and can enjoyed over the coming week.

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Thu Oct 2, 2014

Board Meating

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Board Meating

The last Meatwave was over two months ago. That's what I believe is colloquially referred to as a "bloody shame." You loyal readers may not have noticed because I've kept those meaty recipes coming consistently throughout the summer, but the last time I hosted my friends for an all out meat-filled bash was all the way back at the end of July. It had been way too long, so I rectified the situation this past weekend with an immense Tiki-inspired feast, served against the backdrop of a beautifully sunny and unseasonably warm 80 degree fall day.

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Tue Sep 30, 2014

Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Basil and Parmesan Mayo

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Revenge of the Meatwads

Right now I'm suffering from a lack of vacation. Sure I've done a few long weekend outings and had time off with the family, but nothing really where I've been able to get away and remove myself from the world in a way that my brain seems to require at least once a year. I have something on the books to look forward to, but right now that can't soon enough and I've found myself reminiscing on vacations of yore to remember the feeling of escape that I'm in eager anticipation of right now. My last real getaway was to Spain over a year and half ago, and as part of my looking back, I've been awash in the fondness of all that I ate there. Mostly those meals were tapas, and I surprisingly found my favorite dishes were those that included only a few ingredients, but they came together in such a way that their centerpiece was heightened to a type of deliciousness I hadn't quite experienced before.

One example of that were these unassuming grilled mushroom caps stuffed with a green mayo that had a great herbal and garlicky flavor. I tried to recreate something similar after I got home, and am proud to say that even if these cremini mushrooms stuffed with basil and parmesan mayo are not a 100% direct copy, they're every bit as incredible as their inspiration.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014

Sauced: Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

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Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce
Cost
$35.00 for 6 13.5oz bottles at Trifecta Gourmet Sauces
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, White Sugar, Red Onions, Contains Less Than 2% of: Salt, Jalapeño Peppers, Hot Pepper Sauce, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce, Natural Mesquite Smoke Flavor, Onion Powder, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors
Color
Reddish-orange
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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An exemplary ubiquitous barbecue sauce that builds layers of sweetness, tang, fruitiness, and heat against a very bright and clean base that makes it really stand out in crowded field of barbecue sauces.

Tue Sep 23, 2014

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

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Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

If you're from New York, I doubt you need to hear another love story about Xi'an Famous Foods—a now prolific restaurant that made the cuisine of the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an fairly well known here. Still, I need to give full credit to them for igniting my love for the marriage of cumin and lamb. This pairing makes up most of their best dishes and are the ones I found myself ordering time and again in different forms under the flickering fluorescent lights in the subterranean Golden Mall in Flushing, Queen where they got their start. These particular spicy cumin lamb skewers are a direct influence of that, bringing together the flavors I'm now quite familiar with onto one easily grill-able stick.

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