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

Tue Jun 2, 2015

Memphis-Style Dry Ribs

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Memphis Dry-rubbed Ribs

Back in the day, I'd call pretty much any rib I didn't slather with sauce, "dry ribs." Not only were they indeed dry, but they looked and tasted like the dry ribs I've always been served at restaurants. It wasn't until I had some excellent dry ribs at Peg Leg Porker, down in Nashville, that I understood just what I'd been missing. So I got to talking to pitmaster Carey Bringle about what sets his ribs apart from the crowd.

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Thu May 28, 2015

So, We Meat Again

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So, We Meat Again

Anyone living in the Northeast knows this past winter was a bitch. We lived through months of frigid temps and snow with an equally cold, damp, and depressing start to spring. Having weathered all that made the start of the Meatwave season just that much sweeter, and we sure began this 12th year in grand style. With one of my most ambitious menus to date and a turn out that was only rivaled by last year's Memorial Day, this was surely a Meatwave that will be remembered for a long time.

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Tue May 26, 2015

Smoky Pulled Barbecue Chicken

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Pulled Chicken

Pulled pork is a wondrous thing. Made from pork shoulder, it's slowly smoked until the intramuscular fat and connective tissue renders and softens, leaving nothing but tender, juicy meat that can be shredded easily by hand. The process takes a good twelve to fourteen hours at a low temperature of 225°F, during which time the meat picks up a smoky flavor while developing an intensely flavored exterior bark. It's one of the classics of the barbecue cannon, which raises the question: Why does pulled barbecue chicken fail to reach a similar level of renown?

If my own experience is any indication, the answer is that pulled chicken, as tender and juicy as it can be, almost always lacks the right balance between meat, seasoning, and smoke. It tends to be so inundated with sauce that any trace of chicken flavor is completely drowned out. It's also often devoid of smokiness, unless the barbecue sauce contains liquid smoke (an ingredient I detest for its overpoweringly acrid flavor).

But just because most pulled chicken fails to reach the heights of pulled pork doesn't mean it shouldn't still taste great. I decided that it was time to figure out how to make really good pulled chicken. And with a little barbecue know-how, I was able to come up with a recipe that's outdone any pulled chicken I've ever encountered before.

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Thu May 21, 2015

Sauced: Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce

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Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
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Cost
Approximately $2.49 for 18oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Sugar, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Dried Onions, Dried Garlic, Spice, Mustard Flour, Paprika, Potassium Sorbate
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
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Relying too heavily on sugar is this sauce's downfall, whose redemptive vinegar and spice gets drowned out completely by sweetness after being cooked.

Tue May 19, 2015

8 Awesome Hot Dog Variations

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Hot Dogs

Ketchup, mustard, relish: classic hot dog toppings, right? Yeah sure, but is anyone going to really give you props for that? If you really want to be a hero of the grill, it's time to step up your hot dog game and I have eight awesome topping ideas to help you do just that.

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