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Tue Jun 19, 2018

Carne-val 2018

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Carne-val 2018

I used to never threw cookouts on the big grilling holidays—I figured chances were high someone else would be playing host on those days, so it was my time to take a break and just be a guest. That changed last year when I mashed-up our annual Carne-val celebration with Memorial Day, and the turnout was so great, I decided to do a repeat again this year. With a growing base of friends here in Durham, this equated to probably 50 or more folks showing up, and while I was armed with more than enough meat, feeding so many, so quickly had me ending the day with something that has never really happened before—being so busy I had almost no time to take photos. So while the day was great, albeit exhausting, I'm relying a bit on past photos to tell the story, which feels a little weird to me, but I still wanted to document all the greatness that was Carne-val 2018.

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Thu Jun 7, 2018

Pastrami Reubens

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Pastrami Reubens

I've done pastrami all sorts of ways at home—traditional, with short ribs, with duck, and even the Montreal equivalent—but for some reason, I've never made it into reubens at a Meatwave. I know, I know, a traditional reuben is made with corned beef, but given the choice between pastrami or corned beef, are you really going to opt for the later, less tasty, cured meat? So when I decided I wanted to make some pastrami for my Memorial Day blowout this year, it was a no brainer to finally assemble it some ruebens to share with my guests and all of you!

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Thu May 24, 2018

Bruleed Ribs

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Bruleed Ribs

I know relocating south put me in the heart of barbecue country, but I actually felt more connected to the community when I was in New York. A big part of that was due to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which brings pitmasters from across the country into the city for one fantastic weekend. As this year's event approaches, I feel a longing for the times when I could see all my friends I've made over the years all in one weekend, not to mention partaking in the excellent meats being smoked up. One such past offering from the event that holds a warm spot in my heart are the ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse, which are finished with a torching to give them a really unique, sweet crust. In honor of of those ribs, I tried out the method myself with my standard spare ribs recipe, ending up with what I'm calling "bruleed ribs."

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Thu May 17, 2018

Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

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Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

If you're anything like me, your Memorial Day prep is already underway. I actually used to not host cookouts on the big grilling holidays because, chances were, someone else was planning one. That changed in recent years though, and I've found that when you invite people over for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, everyone shows up. That translates to cooking up large smoked meats, where just a few things can feed the immense crowd. Pork shoulder is my go-to, and the recipe from Big Bob Gibson is my standard, but I do get tired of always doing pulled pork the exact same way, so I came up with something different to offer as an alternative to the usual—a chili-rubbed smoked pork shoulder served as burritos.

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Thu Feb 15, 2018

Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

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Char Siu Pork Belly Buns

Pork belly buns have become a theme for me over the past few years. The first ones I did used a sous vide and grilling double cooking method, then I started going for straight up smoked pork belly and had some pretty fantastic results doing them both in Texas- and burnt ends-style. Since you can never have too much of a good thing, I just kept rolling with my belly buns and have now a fourth incarnation to share, this time doing them up with a char siu sauce.

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