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

Thu Feb 12, 2015

Sauced: Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

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Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce
Cost
$5.49 for 15oz at the Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Water, Vinegar, Ketchup, Shortening, Spices, Louisiana Hot Sauce
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
210
out of 10
Take a Pass
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A flavor of mainly watered down vinegar with a little spice leaves Cooper's struggling for relevancy and a good use at home, even if it works well in the restaurant.

Tue Feb 10, 2015

Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

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Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

Growing up, I was pretty sure cauliflower contained the plague, or at least I treated it as such, going so far as to remove it from my plate prior to indulging in anything else it sat next to, which was guaranteed to be at least 1000x more delicious in comparison, no matter what it was. I know I didn't give cauliflower a fair shake, but neither did it ever present itself as anything except a bland, pale, and unappetizing vegetable that was almost always either under or over cooked.

In my formative eating years, I was forced to face cauliflower head on though—one week after another, a different colored variety presented itself in our weekly CSA bounty that I had to find use for. I quickly learned that roasting it at a high temperature created an appealing slightly crisp outside with a tender, but not mushy, inside that transformed it from something I actively avoided to openly loved.

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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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