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

Thu Aug 11, 2016

Mu Ping (Thai Grilled Pork Skewers)

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Mu Ping

Thai skewered meats have never really been my thing—mostly I was familiar with chicken satay, an appetizer I tended to find bland, dry, and ultimately not worth ordering when there were so many better choices on the menu. But at a recent family dinner, I cooked up my satay recipe and it was received even better than the Crying tiger steak that followed, which is a dish I consider in high regard. That had me reconsidering my stance on Thai skewers, leading me to both improve my satay recipe and trying out another meat-on-a-stick variation—mu ping.

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Tue Aug 9, 2016

Sauced: Shaffer's Tangy Virginia BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Shaffer's Tangy Virginia BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Shaffer's Tangy Virginia BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 16oz at Shaffer's BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Ketchup, Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Hot Sauce, Spices
Color
Bright rusty orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A tangy vinegar sauce with just enough ketchup, sugar, and pepper to give it a slightly sweet and spicy, crowd-pleasing flavor.

Thu Aug 4, 2016

Pastrami Short Ribs

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Pastrami Short Ribs

The fact that this blog is representative of an evolution in learning is both a boon and point of frustration. At the same time that it documents how my methods have changed to get better results, it also keeps alive recipes that I know need fixing. For example, someone searching for "pastrami" will come across my first attempt at it four years ago, and while I was proud of it at the time, it did not represent the juiciest, most tender product I consider ideal. I've learned much about smoking beef in the time that's passed, and there's a constant nagging desire to do a pastrami redux to get it more right. I finally did that, but changed the medium from beef brisket to short ribs, and the results were pretty stellar.

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Thu Jul 28, 2016

Khao Jee (Thai Grilled Sticky Rice with Egg)

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Grilled Sticky Rice

Having been at the grilling game now for going on 13 years, it's rare that I cook up something that surprises anyone—a need for a constant stream of recipes has meant covering a lot of items seemingly not made for the grill. So whenever I come upon a dish that can pique interest and curiosity in that way, it feels a bit exhilarating, returning me to my earlier, more experimental cooking days. This grilled sticky rice was one such item, eliciting some initial confusion that I would be grilling rice, then astonishment when that rice was also coated in egg.

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Tue Jul 26, 2016

Sauced: Q Sauce Hot Zing

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Q Sauce Hot Zing

Sauce Stats

Name
Q Sauce Hot Zing
Produced by
Cost
$6.00 for 18oz at the Q Barbeque Store
Ingredients
Water, Tomato Paste, Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Molasses, White Distilled Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Chipotle Paste, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice Blend, Tricalcium Phosphate, Chili Powder, Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color, Capsicum, Ground Red Pepper, Soybean Oil, Mixed tTocopherols, Natural Flavoring, Onion Powder, Ground Black Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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Q Sauce Hot Zing delivers a nice earthy, smoky heat against a common tart molasses and tomato barbecue profile.