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

Tue Aug 19, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Mozzarella and Basil

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Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

Longtime readers already know I'm a bit seafood averse. I feel like I'm doing a disservice to all of you by not taking advantage of how great the grill is at cooking up fish, shellfish, and more, but when it comes down it, I'm probably never going to opt for any of those over meat. In order to make seafood a more appealing prospect to me, I need to doctor it up in a way that's appetizing to my taste buds, and sometimes when I do this, I surprise myself by actually liking the dish a lot. That was certainly the case with bacon-wrapped, jalapeño and cheese-stuffed shrimp, where a little Tex-Mex love did a lot to entice my appetite for these little crustaceans. Trying to replicate some of that success, I took the same method I employed in that recipe and gave it an Italian influence to make these prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with mozzarella and basil.

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Thu Aug 14, 2014

Sauced: Jeaux's Boys Cajun Tailgate BBQ Sauce

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Jeauxs Boys Cajun Tailgate BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Jeaux's Boys Cajun Tailgate BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$7.50 for 16oz at Cajun Grocer
Ingredients
Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Wine Vinegar, Garlic Powder, Salt, Onion Salt, Xanthan Gum, Chili Powder, Paprika, Red Pepper, Lemon Pepper, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, and Spices
Color
Light Orange
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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Coming from a Cajun influence, this sauce uses a lot of spices to deliver a garlicky, oniony, and spicy experience against a sweet and tart base.

Tue Aug 12, 2014

Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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Peach Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

It's peach season! Peaches seem to be match made in heaven for the grill—they not only compliment fire kissed meats so well (especially pork), but are great when grilled themselves. In all honesty, I'm not a huge peach guy, but give me a grill and some peaches and this fruit goes from one I'd easily pass up to something I can find a million delicious ways to use.

So it stands to reason peach barbecue sauce is a good thing, but I've rarely had a peach barbecue sauce that lives up to its fruity promise—this stands true for so many fruit sauces, actually. Putting the peach fruit and center, this recipe set out to fix that problem, which I think it did, and then some.

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Thu Aug 7, 2014

Carne-val 2014

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Carne-val 2014

Carne-val has been one of the finest Meatwave traditions. This celebration of all that is meat has been taking place since our first year back in 2004, making this summer's Crane-val the 11th annual! To bring an even truer meaning to the name, I devised a 100% all-beef menu that I was sure would result in a bovine good time.

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Tue Aug 5, 2014

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

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Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

My discovery of halloumi cheese is worthy of being called a "life changing moment." I remember it clearly—BZ Grill, a (then) new gyro shop opened up a few blocks away from where I was living in Astoria, Queens. My wife and I went for the gryos, which still rank as the best I've ever had, but upon perusing the menu, my better half opted for a halloumi sandwich.

Having never seen or heard of this hard Cypriot goat or sheep's milk cheese before, I was in awe as I watched the cook cut off slices and place them directly on the grill. The cheese not only kept its shape, but browned like a meat or veggie would over the high, direct heat. As if that weren't enough, the flavor and texture were incredible—slighty salty, a little tangy with a chew and squeak that I found really satisfying.

Ever since then, halloumi has become a regular item on my grill, but I tend to not do much with it beyond piling it into a pita or putting it in the occasional salad. Trying to think of different ways to use this grillable cheese, I came up with these halloumi and vegetable skewers, where it continued to triumph.

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