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

Tue Jan 13, 2015

Spicy Cumin Wings

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Spicy  Cumin Chicken Wing

I use January recipe testing as an excuse to have a chicken wing gorge-fest. Wings are among my favorite things to cook—variations are limitless—and eat, so with the Super Bowl as a seasonal excuse, I pretty much spend the entire month developing and sharing new wing ideas. Having covered the standard territory and then some, I'm forced into creative new wing ventures, which is great because it leads me to things like these spicy cumin wings

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Tue Jan 6, 2015

MOINK Balls

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Moink Balls

As I start to write this post, I can't decide if it will have a negative or positive impact on my barbecue cred. Those well versed in their barbecue blogs are undoubtedly already well acquainted the MOINK ball—a food concoction attributed to Larry Gaian of Embers and Flame that consists of a frozen beef meatball wrapped in bacon and then grilled or smoked (seasoning the MOINK with a rub and finishing with a brushing of sauce is common, but not required). It's a fun, simple bite that's proliferated through the barbecue world on blogs, message boards, competitions, and backyards, so why would I want to mess with it?

I'm a total DIY guy, so in my eyes, the use of frozen meatballs actually inhibits the MOINK ball from true greatness. Why settle on a semi-dry packaged meatballs when you can make your own supremely beefy, tender, and flavorful ones from scratch? So, whether it's wrong or right in the eyes of MOINK ball purists, that's exactly what I set out to do.

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Thu Jan 1, 2015

Sauced: Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce

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Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.49 for 19.5oz The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Ketchup, Molasses, Sugar, Cayenne Pepper Mash, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, Garlic, Worcestershire Sauce, Natural Smoke Flavor
Color
Mahogany
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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Three Little Pigs delivers on all the barbecue flavors you'd expect—tomato, sugar, molasses, and vinegar—in a balance that makes it unique, but not overly challenging.

Tue Dec 23, 2014

Steakhouse Kebabs

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Steakhouse Beef Kebabs

As I look a week ahead, the season of large hearty roasts quickly shifts gears into my favorite food group—party foods. New Years kind of kicks off a month long obsession with meals comprised of bite sized portions as I use New Years Eve and the end of the football season as excuses to fill my diet with all the wings, nachos, and stuffed jalapeños my heart desires. To mash-up finger foods with comforting steak—another item I let into my winter rotation in unhealthy quantities—I bring you these steakhouse kebabs, delivering big beefy flavor on a stick.

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Thu Dec 18, 2014

Sauced: Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

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Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce
Cost
$35.00 for 6 13.5oz bottles at Trifecta Gourmet Sauces
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Tomato Puree, Vinegar, White Sugar, Red Onions, Contains Less Than 2% Of Salt, Jalapeño Peppers, Hot Pepper Sauce, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Worcestershire Sauce, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce, Smoke Flavor, Onion Powder, Spices, Xanthan Gum
Color
Reddish-orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A bright and fresh flavor that brings in an excellent balance between sweet, tangy, and spicy makes Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce a great all around choice suited for almost any barbecue or grilling need.