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

Tue Feb 3, 2015

Rotisserie Chicken

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Rotisserie Chicken

There are few delights that rival the skin of an excellent rotisserie chicken. Sure the juicy, flavorful meat is great, too, but the thin, browned skin that's crisped up in the bird's own slowly rendering fat is something I live for—it's the reason I got a rotisserie attachment for my grill in the first place. But three years after receiving that gift, I realized I was too hung up on specialty birds like Peruvian and mojo chickens; shamefully, I'd never cooked a single standard rotisserie chicken. I decided it was high time to right that wrong and set out to perfect the basics.

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Thu Jan 29, 2015

Sauced: Memphis Barbecue Co. Spicy BBQ Sauce

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Memphis Barbecue Co. Spicy BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Memphis Barbecue Co. Spicy BBQ Sauce
Cost
$6.50 for 16oz at Memphis BBQ Co.
Ingredients
Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Prepared Mustard, Spices, Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika, Dehydrated Onion, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Refine Soybean Oil, Natural Char Flavor, Spice Extractive, and Oleoresin Paprika
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A smoky, earthy spice defines this sauce, whose immense heat strikes a nice balance with sweetness after being grilled.

Tue Jan 27, 2015

Tiki Wings

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Tiki Wings

As I write this on a Saturday morning, outside an overnight snow is turning into the inevitable slushy mess that's the worst of winter weather in my opinion. Keeping myself sheltered from that cold, shoe and pant drenching winter mush, my thoughts immediately turn brighter as my attention pivots to these wings. The Tiki-inspired sweet and fruity sauce that coated these crisp skinned chicken has the power to transport me to a warmer, sunnier place, which makes them even better in the winter in my mind than their more apt summer setting. They were my favorite of the lots this month, and I purposefully saved the best for last.

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Tue Jan 20, 2015

Greek Chicken Wings

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Tangy Greek Oregano Wing

My fondness and understanding of Greek cuisine is only natural having lived in the heavily Greek neighborhood of Astoria, Queens for over twelve years now. Those identifying fresh and acidic flavors are so ingrained in me that I find them influencing my everyday cooking, whether it be Greek or not. So when considering yet another chicken wing variation on my month long quest for new and unique recipes, I turned to the Greek food I know so well to give these wings that distinct salty, tangy, and bright flavor that dominates many ubiquitous dishes.

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Thu Jan 15, 2015

Sauced: Garland Jack's Secret Six Sweet 'n Sticky Molasses Barbecue Sauce

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Garland Jack Sweet 'n Sticky Molasses

Sauce Stats

Name
Garland Jack's Secret Six Sweet 'n Sticky Molasses Barbecue Sauce
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Cost
Approximately $2.19 for 18oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Sugar, Molasses, Vinegar, Contains Less Than 2% Of Modified Food Starch, Salt, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Dried Onions, Mustard Flour, Spice, Potassium Sorbate, Dried Garlic
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
510
out of 10
Middle of the Road
More Sauce Reviews

The heavy hand of molasses dominates this sweet and smoky sauce that has a light vinegar tang.