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

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Thu Apr 20, 2017

Barbecue Tofu Sandwiches

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Barbecue Tofu

Barbecue tofu—two words I never thought I would write together on my blog proudly dubbed "The Meatwave." In spite of that title, I have always wanted my cookouts to be an open space for all diets alike, although I admit that non-meaty efforts have been half-hearted in the past. My new reality in North Carolina though is I have almost as many vegetarian friends as meat eaters, so making sure everyone leaves stuffed requires greater attention to non-meaty pursuits, which you may have noticed are becoming more numerous in the recipe archive. Still, I've always been a fan of food in natural forms, being turned off from tofu, which I found odd and unappetizing on a personal level. I've been coming around to tofu though—mainly enjoyed in Asian dishes so far—and thought it was time for me to let go of this hang up and use my barbecue know-how to make what would hopefully be the tastiest barbecue tofu for all of my Meatwave guests to enjoy, vegetarian or not.

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Thu Apr 13, 2017

Orange-honey Glazed Ham

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Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

If you want to get real deep with the Meatwave, I'd tell you it all started with ham at the age of four. It was at that fateful time that my parents decided to start keeping kosher and deprive me of my favorite food of all time—ham! I vowed once leaving home, I would never again bound myself to a diet based on religion, mainly because I wanted to eat pork to my heart's content, but also because it was hard to reconcile what was supposed to be positive force in life being one that kept me from achieving a more pure happiness. So it went, once going to college I shunned kashrut and when I got into cooking, you could say my draw to all things smoked hog could have been linked to both an exercise in freedom and making up for lost time. While this blog has been more of a forum for slow smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and the like, sweet city ham will always be my first porcine love, and this orange-honey glazed ham is a representation of that adoration.

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Thu Mar 9, 2017

Chili-Rubbed Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter

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Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter

I commonly exalt the virtues of the (comparatively) inexpensive and intensely beefy cuts of steak like skirt and hanger, and my previous bovine pursuits are documented proof that, more often than not, these are what I eat and develop recipes for. As much as that has held true over the years, I can't deny that given the opportunity, I'd jump on the high-end stuff like porterhouses and ribeyes. Whenever I do though, my characteristic anxiety kicks in and I worry I will inevitably mess up my meat, laying to waste a prime piece of beef. That leads me to take extra caution to ensure that I really make these steaks count, and man, did everything come together with this chili-rubbed smoked ribeye with cilantro-lime butter.

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Thu Jan 5, 2017

Sriracha Sauced Smoke and Fried Wings

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Smoked and Fried Wings

The most exciting thing about the New Year? Wing Month!

Followers of this blog know I'm a lover of wings with evidence in the 20 recipes I've amassed to date for these delectable little morsels that I deem king of the finger foods. To start each year off right, I usually dedicate the entire month of January solely to developing new wing recipes and I'm starting 2017 strong with these smoked and fried wings finished with a sriracha sauce

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Thu Dec 29, 2016

Smoked Pork Belly Buns

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Barbecue Pork Belly Buns

A couple weeks ago I basked in a personal Texas-style pork belly achievement. I also mentioned that pork belly rarely stands out to me in smoke joints due to its lackluster flavor when compared to the super beefy beef ribs and briskets that serve as better ordering options. The real attraction to the pork belly for me is its immense amount of soft, luscious fat that gives it a texture unlike any other smoked meat. So in thinking of a way to best feature smoked pork belly's top trait while enhancing its overall flavor, I came up with these smoked belly buns, which just so happen would make for an excellent New Year's celebration treat.

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