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

Thu Jun 1, 2017

MOINK Ball Heroes

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MOINK Ball Heroes

So I did the barbecue competition thing, and while it was tons of fun, it was also expensive (unless you're winning a lot), exhausting, and ate into vacation days. I learned a lot in the couple summers I cooked competitively, but ultimately decided to focus my efforts more on home cooking. This year I'm having a hankering to get back into competitions again though. One reason is it'll just be a whole lot easier out of North Carolina—no more dragging smokers down stairs or pulling canopies out of a storage unit—and I also have something I was missing previously, friends who can easily join up for the fun (a lack of cars was a persistent issue in New York). Pondering re-upping in competition brought thoughts MOINK balls back into my mind. These beef meatballs wrapped in bacon are a pitmaster favorite and can be a common snack around competitions, and for all the times I've had them, I realized I had never seen them in sandwich form, so jumped on the idea to create these MOINK ball heroes.

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Tue May 30, 2017

Sauced: Wildcard Sauces Gold Rush

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Wildcard Sauces Gold Rush

Sauce Stats

Name
Gold Rush
Produced by
Cost
$6.95 for 15oz at Wildcard Sauces
Ingredients
Ketchup, Honey, Sugar, Water, Worcestershire Sauce, Soy Sauce, Paprika, Cocoa Powder, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Salt, Ancho Paste, Chipotle Chile Powder, Spices Garlic Powder, Cayenne Powder, Red Pepper Flakes
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Treading familiar sweet and spicy territory, but with flavor components that make it wholly unique, Wildcard Sauces Gold Rush stands out as an excellent all-purpose barbecue sauce choice among a crowded field.

Thu May 25, 2017

Grilled Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter and Cilantro Pesto

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Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter

You may have noticed an influx of beef on the Meatwave recently and this is by no accident. See, I have a new greatest fear in life—a tick the leaves you allergic to red meat. This has my love for the outdoors and eating meat at odds with each other, and I refuse to cease either activity. So now I live by a mantra to always have the beef so, if I ever do get bitten by that tick, I can never say I regretted not having that burger, steak, or hot dog. The reality is that I likely will never get that meat allergy and I'm likely just bringing myself closer to a more drawn out and painful demise brought on by an onslaught of additional red meat consumption, but at least I'm enjoying the moment and here's a great way to make a good thing better—grilled hanger steak with a double dose of sauces, harissa butter and cilantro pesto.

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Thu May 18, 2017

Smoked Beef Barbacoa

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Smoked Beef Barbacoa

I don't really repeat recipes here unless I have a new technique or method that's worth replacing outdated content with. So its with a little hesitancy that I share this recipe for smoked beef barbacoa because in reality, it's the exact same recipe as a lamb barbacoa I made a few years back, just swapping out one protein for another. Still, the results were so good and different enough in flavor that I felt it deserved this second helping.

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Tue May 16, 2017

Sauced: Cowboy Prairie Fire & Giveaway

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Cowby Prairie Fire

Sauce Stats

Name
Cowboy Brand Prairie Fire Hot and Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$15 for 3 18oz bottles from Duraflame
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Molasses, Apple Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Natural Flavor.
Color
Dark maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A familiar bold sweet, tangy, and spicy barbecue flavor profile sets itself out from the pack with its clean, unprocessed flavors.