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

Thu Aug 10, 2017

Grilled Panzanella Salad

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Grilled Panzanella

There's an episode of King of the Hill where Bobby is waxing poetics about the flavor of his organic, co-op purchased tomato, which leads to a lecturing return from Hank on how tomatoes don't have any flavor, only to be left speechless himself after one bite of what we can only assume is the sweet, savory flavor of a really great tomato. When that episode first aired, I knew exactly what Hank was experiencing—I had thought tomatoes were nothing more than mealy, tasteless orbs my whole life, until one bite of an in-season tomato from my CSA many, many years ago let me know how wrong I was. Now I can't wait for tomato season every year, and when it hits, I make sure to get my fill of them from the farmer's market and restaurants, eating up as many as possible while they're in their prime. Last summer, as part of my tomato fix, I decided to try out a recipe from Serious Eats for a panzanella salad, and the results were so outstanding that the wait for another tomato season to make it again was excruciating, but it finally came, and this year I changed things up a bit to work in the grill, and I think it only made it all the better.

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Tue Aug 8, 2017

Sauced: Grilla Grills Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Grilla Grills Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Grilla Grills Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce
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Cost
$7.99 for 19.75oz at Grilla Grills
Ingredients
Ketchup, Honey, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Water, Worcestershire Sauce, AP Rub, Spices, Dehydrated Onion and Garlic, Natural Smoke Flavor
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A good representation of barbecue sauce norms out of the jar becomes really exemplary and incredibly flavored and balanced after being cooked.

Thu Aug 3, 2017

Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Balsamic Berries and Whipped Cream

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Grilled Pound Cake

I'm not a big fan of eating out on common eat-out holidays—the crowds, far advance reservations, and all-too-often prix fixe only menus all add up to make the experience not one entirely fitting with the low key type of celebrations I prefer. So when it came to Mother's Day this year—the first one since high school where my Mom and I have lived in the same city—I decided rather than deal with brunch madness, I'd host and cook a lunch comprised of my Mom's favs, which included eggplant parmesan and asparagus. Then to cap the meal in a fittingly special fashion, I made this grilled lemon pound cake with balsamic berries and whipped cream.

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Thu Jul 27, 2017

Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

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Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

It had literally been years since I had made a brisket when my Carne-val celebration rolled around back in May of this year. I had this gnawing desire to get back into the brisket game and had plans to buy two of them, smoking one whole in a Texas fashion, and splitting the second into the flat and point, turning the flat into pastrami and the point into burnt ends. During my shopping for the event though, I only happened upon one brisket, leaving a hole in the menu that second brisket was to fill. I ended up abandoning the pastrami idea, but thought I could still accomplish the burnt ends, but use pork belly instead of beef. Not sure why I never thought of this before because pork belly burnt ends ended up being amazing, and even more so when served in steamed bun style.

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Tue Jul 25, 2017

Sauced: Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce

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Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Heinz Classic Sweet and Thick BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
Approximately $2.19 for 19.5oz at your local grocery
Ingredients
Cane Sugar, Distilled White Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Blackstrap Molasses, Corn Starch, Salt, Water, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spics, Tamarind Concentrate, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder,
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
410
out of 10
Just OK
More Sauce Reviews

Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce hits familiar bold sweet, spicy, tangy, and smoky flavors that puts it on par with other supermarket sauces, but without anything special to make it rise above those crowded ranks.