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

Thu Mar 29, 2018

Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

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Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

I had been a grass fed beef naysayer without really giving the stuff a chance until Wild Sky Beef sent a set of grass fed steaks to try out late last year. In my first foray into this lean meat, I lamented a bit the loss of the beef fat I so love, but also took note of the unique and heightened flavor of the meat itself. I had paired those ribeyes with a fresh lemon and herb butter sauce, but I felt like the slightly gamier character of the meat would have been better matched with a hearty, more savory sauce, like mushroom gravy. So when it came time to cook my next pair of steaks—this time going for the strip loins—I acted on my matchmaking instincts and I can happily say that it turned out to be a very harmonious union.

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Thu Mar 22, 2018

Greek-influenced Planked Zucchini Boats

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Greek-influenced Zucchini Boats

A few years back I received a set of grilling planks and took up this unique method of cooking directly on top of wood. I kept using that same batch of planks over and over again to make things like flounder with cilantro-lime butter, mustard-crusted pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and more, until the wood was so worn out it was rendered unusable. I've let planking fall to the wayside recently, but about a month ago, the folks at Wildwood Grilling sent me a care package filled to the brim with planks and wood wraps, and that ignited a stroke of new recipe ideas on how to use the subtle woodsy flavor planks impart, starting with these Greek-influenced planked zucchini boats.

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Tue Mar 20, 2018

Sauced: Lewis Hatch Green Chili Barbecue Sauce

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Lewis Barbecue Hatch Green Chili Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Hatch Green Chili Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$8.95 for 8.5oz at Lewis Barbecue (in store)
Ingredients
Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Chili Peppers, Water, Mustard, Lime Juice from Concentrate, Salt, Chicken Bouillon, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin Silicon Dioxide, Dehydrated Parsley, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Green Food Coloring, Granulated Garlic
Color
Green
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Barbecue sauce goes green in this unique specimen coming out of Charleston, by way of Austin.

Thu Mar 15, 2018

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

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Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan

I like to schedule my posts a couple months in advance, and back in January I thought by mid-March things would be warming up (at least here in Durham), I'd be feeling the desire to switch from orange to green veggies, and asparagus season would not be long off. As I'm sitting down to actually write the post a couple days before it goes live, I'm both watching a winter storm unfold outside of my window and will soon be venturing to the kitchen to cook burgers and roasted carrots for dinner—not quite the picture of a coming spring I imagined a couple months ago. So this post is more aspirational than realistic, but when that fresh, inexpensive asparagus starts to hit the markets soon, at least you'll be armed with this recipe to do it up right.

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Thu Mar 8, 2018

Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

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Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

Italian meatballs were the mother of all my meatball grilling efforts. That initial recipe was so good and successful, I've made meatballs a constant theme throughout the years, and while I've developed some other greats, I often return to that original Italian inspiration source. While I'm happy that I have a recipe that works over and over again, I had the idea to take these meatballs to the next level recently and stuff them with cheese, which ended up being an exercise in making an already good thing even better.

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