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

Thu Nov 30, 2017

Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

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Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

I've never been too keen on Chinese eggplant dishes where the thick, syrupy sauce fuses with the overly softened eggplant to create a kind of overall mushy experience that isn't quite for my personal palate. I tried to make this type of eggplant a couple times in my early days of recipe development to see if I could do anything more appetizing to me, but never got results I was all that happy with. Then, while researching ideas for a Chinese-influenced Meatwave, I came across a few recipes for eggplant with yu xiang sauce and the looks of that tangy and spicy Sichuan sauce seemed like something I could really get behind. So I took another stab at an eggplant-plus-sauce type of recipe, and this time I was left absolutely smitten.

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Tue Nov 28, 2017

Sauced: Foster's Market Memphis Style BBQ Sauce

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Foster's Market Memphis-style BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Foster's Market Memphis Style BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$7.00 for 16oz at Foster's Market
Ingredients
Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Apple Cider Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Molasses, Kosher Salt, Mustard Powder, Black Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper
Color
Rusty Orange-Red
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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A chunky tomato base brings a unique and fresh stamp to this sauce's otherwise highly tangy character.

Thu Nov 23, 2017

Pulled Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

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Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

Happy Thanksgiving Meatwavers! If you're anything like me, you're probably busy in the kitchen right now prepping everything for a gigantic and delicious feast this evening. Then you get to enjoy that meal again the next day, and the next, and the next thanks to what feels like endless leftovers. Seeing as I'm not much of a leftovers guy, the repetitiveness of eating the same thing over and over becomes unappetizing, so I'm always looking at ways to reuse that holiday spread in creative ways that makes it feel new again and I had what I think is a pretty good idea this year—pulled barbecue turkey sandwiches.

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Thu Nov 16, 2017

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Thanksgiving time is upon us, and I'm in the process of plotting out my menu, making recipe swaps and adjustments to ensure this year is an improvement over the last. As I was working through this, I realized one recipe that has held strong and seen no changes over the years was my cranberry sauce—if you're not making your own, your missing out on how just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of effort is a huge improvement over store bought. This got me thinking about what I could do different with cranberry sauce, and while I'll likely always opt for my tried and true recipe, the slight off topic thought of a cranberry barbecue sauce entered my mind and I just had to act on it.

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Tue Nov 14, 2017

Sauced: Skylight Inn BBQ

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Skylight Inn BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Skylight Inn BBQ Eastern NC Style Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$7.00 for 17.25oz at Skylight Inn BBQ
Ingredients
Water, Distilled Vinegar, Hot Sauce, Tomato Paste, Spices, Corny Syrup, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Spices, Artificial Color
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

Skylight Inn BBQ delivers the spicy tang you'd expect from an Eastern NC sauce, but adds in a few extra layers and complexity of spices that makes it really stand out.