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

Tue May 29, 2018

Sauced: Lewis Original Red Barbecue Sauce

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Lewis Barbecue Original Red

Sauce Stats

Name
Original Red Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$10.95 for 8.5oz at Lewis Barbecue
Ingredients
Ketchup, Water, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Mustard, Molasses, Worcestershire Sauce, Beef Base, Spices, Salt, Onion Powder
Color
Rusty Orange-Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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This sauce is John Lewis's take on a pretty undefinable Texas style and it comes out so good that you could argue this is a sauce by which other Texas sauces should be measured against.

Thu May 24, 2018

Bruleed Ribs

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Bruleed Ribs

I know relocating south put me in the heart of barbecue country, but I actually felt more connected to the community when I was in New York. A big part of that was due to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which brings pitmasters from across the country into the city for one fantastic weekend. As this year's event approaches, I feel a longing for the times when I could see all my friends I've made over the years all in one weekend, not to mention partaking in the excellent meats being smoked up. One such past offering from the event that holds a warm spot in my heart are the ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse, which are finished with a torching to give them a really unique, sweet crust. In honor of of those ribs, I tried out the method myself with my standard spare ribs recipe, ending up with what I'm calling "bruleed ribs."

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Thu May 17, 2018

Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

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Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

If you're anything like me, your Memorial Day prep is already underway. I actually used to not host cookouts on the big grilling holidays because, chances were, someone else was planning one. That changed in recent years though, and I've found that when you invite people over for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, everyone shows up. That translates to cooking up large smoked meats, where just a few things can feed the immense crowd. Pork shoulder is my go-to, and the recipe from Big Bob Gibson is my standard, but I do get tired of always doing pulled pork the exact same way, so I came up with something different to offer as an alternative to the usual—a chili-rubbed smoked pork shoulder served as burritos.

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Tue May 15, 2018

Sauced: 17th Street Mike's Original

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17th St Barbecue Sauce Mike's Original

Sauce Stats

Name
17th Street Barbecue Sauce: Mike's Original
Produced by
Cost
$18 for 3 18oz bottles at 17th Street Barbecue
Ingredients
Ketchup, Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, Water, Natural Spices
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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Possessing a very well balanced barbecue profile, with a notable increase in mustard, 17th Street Barbecue Mike's Original delivers a real crowd pleasing flavor.

Thu May 10, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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