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

Asian

Tue Feb 25, 2014

Smoked Char Siu Pork Shoulder Steaks

Posted by

Smoked Char Siu Pork Shoulder Steaks

If there's a defining attribute of New York City barbecue, it's the loss of definition. North Carolina has whole hog, Texas has brisket, Kansas City had ribs, and New York City has pitmasters who are trying their best to emulate all of those traditions, but at the same time, not feeling beholden to them in a way a Southern local pitmaster may feel. That means you can get pretty stellar pork, brisket, and ribs in the city, but on the menu you may find smoke meats you wouldn't not see normally, like lamb ribs, coriander pork steaks, pastrami, and more.

One joint that embodies this spirit more than most is Fletcher's in Gowanus, who proudly advertise they serve "Brooklyn Barbecue." Unfortunately I've only gotten there once, but that one time I went, among the standard spare ribs and brisket, my tray also had a pile of sliced char siu pork shoulder steak. This clash of Chinese and American influence left a strong impression on me—it was unique, it was delicious, and I knew I needed to try to make it myself.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Feb 18, 2014

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Posted by

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

I can totally get behind a beef satay—thinly sliced, marinated flank steak becomes incredibly delicious when well seared over a scorching fire—unfortunately I can't say the same for chicken satay. Sure, the components of the marinade are more noticeable on chicken, but it's the lack of flavor and fat in the meat itself that makes it comparatively flavorless and, all too often, dry. So I approached making this Thai chicken satay with some low expectations, but luckily the final product left me pleasantly surprised.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Jan 21, 2014

Filipino Chicken Adobo Wings

Posted by

Filipino Adobo Chicken Wings

My gateway food into Filipino cuisine was chicken adobo. In the early years of dating my wife (a Filipina), the bright red meats, chocolate laden rice, fried pork knuckles, and other traditional dishes served to me were hard pills to swallow as I was trying to navigate a way into liking Filipino food. Back then I was not an adventurous eater, so I needed something familiar enough that I would want to eat, and that came in the form of chicken adobo.

This dish is comprised of chicken pieces simmered in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf, and black pepper. It's simple, which made it appealing, but also provided a taste of the garlicky and sour flavors that are a common part of the Filipino territory. From that singular dish, I opened up and have embraced the food culture of this Southeast Asian nation. Chicken adobo has actually become one dish I rarely eat anymore—why get flabby chicken when you can have crackling lechon kawali or sweet barbecue—so I thought it was time to get back to a first love and see how I could translate into chicken wings.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Jan 14, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Korean Chicken Wings

Posted by

They say to leave the best for last, but I'm just too excited about these sweet and spicy Korean wings to save them until the end of this special Meatwave wing-month. If you're not familiar with Korean fried chicken yet, you should be. Over the past ten years or so, this twice fried, super crispy style of fried chicken has made its way across our nation, finding a lot of love and for good reason. The ultra-crunchy, ultra-light skin achieved is just part of the attraction though for me—the sauces that these wings are coated in are equally delectable. I find the spicy variation particular intoxicating. It delivers a deep and earthy chili flavor that starts with a bit of sweetness before the heat kicks and is unique from any other wing sauce I've had before.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Jun 18, 2013

Tocino

Posted by

Tocino

I think it took a few times for my (now) mother-in-law to coax me out of my food-adverse shell and finally try the bright red meat that commonly adorned the breakfast plates she served back in the days when I was still courting my wife. Luckily it didn't take more than one bite to fall in love this porky delight—sugary sweet, meaty, and filled with delicious slightly soft, slightly chewy fat—and it instantly became a favorite in my morning meaty vernacular. This my friends is the glory of tocino, and I'm hear to spread its good graces to all that will listen.

More and recipe after the jump >>