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

Tue Apr 12, 2016

Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber

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The spirit of warmer days and lighter eating led me to Vietnamese summer rolls last week, but it's really Greek food that I associate the most with this idyllic weather. Having spent a great deal of my life in a Greek heavy enclave of Queens, I found the bright, fresh flavors of Greek foods to be the perfect compliment to being outside on a pleasant, sunny day. Those flavors served as the influence for these eggplant spirals with yogurt, tomatoes, and cucumber that aren't a traditional Greek dish, but bring together a lot of what makes Greek food so fitting in this beautiful spring weather.

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Thu Apr 7, 2016

Sauced: Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade

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Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade

Sauce Stats

Name
Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade
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Cost
$5.99 for 13oz at chilibills.com
Ingredients
Tomato Juice, Tomato Concentrate, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Cabernet Wine, Canola Oil, Spices, Natural Flavors, Salt, Horseradish, Dry Mustard
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A chili forward flavor profile embeds this sauce with a complex earthy heat that's paired with a heavy tomato base that have just a hint of sweetness.

Tue Apr 5, 2016

Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls

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Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

The past month here in Durham has been filled with perfect 70°F days basked in blue skies and sunshine. Sitting outside in the beautiful weather, I've watched the barren trees bud, bloom, and now mostly turn green. This onset of spring has also bought with it a desire to transition my diet of heavy and greasy foods into the realm of lighter delights. It's an unusually early change for me, as I'm used to it commonly happening around late May back in New York, but it's certainly welcomed and these Vietnamese grilled shrimp summer rolls are a great way to welcome the bounty of spring.

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Tue Mar 29, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Apricot-Glazed Pork and Pineapple Kebabs

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Sweet & Spicy Apricot Glazed Pork Kebabs

I would say the majority of my kebab recipes rely on a marinade or glaze to impart the complimentary flavor to go with whatever meat has been skewered. This is all fine and good, but I got to thinking what if I were to up my skewer game—what might that look like? I thought a good first step would be to apply some barbecue standards to these quickly grilled skewers by doubling up on seasoning by using both a rub and glaze. This ended up being a fantastic idea with concrete proof in these sweet and spicy apricot-glazed pork and pineapple kebabs.

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Thu Mar 24, 2016

Sauced: Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

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Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Mild Alaskan Umami Sauce
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Cost
$13.95 for 16oz at Sweet & Spicy Sauces
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Cayenne Pepper Sauce, Vinegar, Minced Garlic, Pure Sesame Oil, Unsulphured Molasses, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Pepper, and Sea Salt
Color
Dark Reddish-Brown
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
More Sauce Reviews

An excellent sweet, tangy, spicy, and savory flavor out of the jar would make this sauce a perfect choice to glaze a batch of wings.