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

Tue Oct 10, 2017

Meat and You, and You and Meat

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Meat and You, and You and Meat

I was in Chicago a couple weekends ago, staying with past die-hard Meatwavers Lindsay and Brandon, and they asked how things have changed with the cookouts since moving to North Carolina. Mainly I think about how we've shifted the season to happen more during spring and fall rather than summer, have more vegetarians, and already have a regular crowd size that took many, many years to build up in New York. My wife had a different answer though, she sees me going more all out in Durham than I ever did before, and I never really stopped to consider that. Putting together this recap post though, it proves to be very true—where I used to try to get three or four new recipes out of a Meatwave, this one clocked in with eight dishes that I can share on the blog, and past events tell similar stories. So without further ado, I present to you the massive spread we had going on at this Chinese-inspired feast.

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Thu Oct 5, 2017

Scallion Pancakes

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Scallion Pancakes

One day last fall I got up from working, only realizing that it was now well into the evening and my intent focus had left me hungry and with little energy to either go out or make anything elaborate for dinner. Well, making anything was kind of a moot point as there was little in the house, but after scouring the shelves, I found that the few ingredients required for scallion pancakes were available—flour, water, scallions, and sesame oil. I had never made these crisp Chinese bread appetizers/snacks before, but I love ordering them and knew I'd be pretty assured of making great ones if I followed the recipe by Kenji on Serious Eats. So I did just that and came out with some of the best scallion pancakes I've had, and ever since that fateful night, they've become a regular part of my repertoire, so much so that I figured I should bring them to a grill to help round out the menu at a recent Meatwave.

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Tue Oct 3, 2017

Sauced: Mike D's BBQ Big Sauce

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Mike D's BBQ Big Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Mike D's BBQ Big Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.00 for 16oz at Mike D's BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Concentrate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Water, Honey, Worcestershire Sauce, Light Brown Sugar, Apple Juice, Onion, Apple Cider Vinegar, Prepared Mustard, Liquid Smoke, Salt, Sazon, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning, Chili Peppers, Spice and Coloring
Color
Rusty orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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An excellent array of spices, sweetness, tang, and spice make Mike D's Big Sauce a powerhouse out of the jar.

Thu Sep 28, 2017

Smoked Porchetta Sandwiches

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Smoked Porchetta

When I decided to make smoked porchetta, the impetus was really to have these very specific sandwiches. See, the week prior to that Meatwave I was in Vancouver for a conference and right next to the venue was a sandwich shop I had read about and always wanted to try—Meat & Bread. They're signature item is a sandwich that combines porchetta meat, crackling pork skin, and Italian salsa verde together on a toasty ciabatta roll. Of course, I had to get this while there, and while the sandwich looks and sounds seemingly simple, it was an incredible powerhouse of flavors and textures that left me craving more after finishing the last bite. So what was the best way to get more once 3000 miles away from the restaurant? Make it at home!

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Thu Sep 21, 2017

Barbecue Portobello Burgers

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Barbecue Portobello Burgers

After scoring a win with barbecue tofu—which just further went to prove that most anything can be made better with barbecue—I decided to take a chance on a repeat vegetarian success, but this time using portobello mushrooms. I've always been told, but have never quite been sold on the idea that portobellos are "meaty," which really just speaks to their heartiness more than flavor or texture in my opinion. That notion though led me to treat these mushrooms as "burgers," and one of my favorite burger topping combinations is grilled onions, cheddar, and barbecue sauce, so that was exactly how I served these up.

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