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

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Thu Jun 22, 2017

Marinated Flank Steak Sandwiches with Charred Onions

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Steak & Onion Sandwich

I used to have a pretty solid hate relationship with steak sandwiches—more than one too many tough, overly chewy specimens soured me on the genre altogether (except for cheesesteaks, because I could never turn my back on a proper cheesesteak). As I learned to cook, I realized that the folly in steak sandwiches was usually improper cooking or slicing, both things easily correctible when playing on my own turf. So now that I've warmed back up to the steak sandwich, the halls of the Meatwave past is filled with prime examples of how to put together an excellent one, and adding one more to that trove are these marinated flank steak sandwiched with provolone and charred onions.

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Thu Jun 1, 2017

MOINK Ball Heroes

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MOINK Ball Heroes

So I did the barbecue competition thing, and while it was tons of fun, it was also expensive (unless you're winning a lot), exhausting, and ate into vacation days. I learned a lot in the couple summers I cooked competitively, but ultimately decided to focus my efforts more on home cooking. This year I'm having a hankering to get back into competitions again though. One reason is it'll just be a whole lot easier out of North Carolina—no more dragging smokers down stairs or pulling canopies out of a storage unit—and I also have something I was missing previously, friends who can easily join up for the fun (a lack of cars was a persistent issue in New York). Pondering re-upping in competition brought thoughts MOINK balls back into my mind. These beef meatballs wrapped in bacon are a pitmaster favorite and can be a common snack around competitions, and for all the times I've had them, I realized I had never seen them in sandwich form, so jumped on the idea to create these MOINK ball heroes.

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Thu May 25, 2017

Grilled Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter and Cilantro Pesto

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Hanger Steak with Harissa Butter

You may have noticed an influx of beef on the Meatwave recently and this is by no accident. See, I have a new greatest fear in life—a tick the leaves you allergic to red meat. This has my love for the outdoors and eating meat at odds with each other, and I refuse to cease either activity. So now I live by a mantra to always have the beef so, if I ever do get bitten by that tick, I can never say I regretted not having that burger, steak, or hot dog. The reality is that I likely will never get that meat allergy and I'm likely just bringing myself closer to a more drawn out and painful demise brought on by an onslaught of additional red meat consumption, but at least I'm enjoying the moment and here's a great way to make a good thing better—grilled hanger steak with a double dose of sauces, harissa butter and cilantro pesto.

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Thu May 18, 2017

Smoked Beef Barbacoa

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Smoked Beef Barbacoa

I don't really repeat recipes here unless I have a new technique or method that's worth replacing outdated content with. So its with a little hesitancy that I share this recipe for smoked beef barbacoa because in reality, it's the exact same recipe as a lamb barbacoa I made a few years back, just swapping out one protein for another. Still, the results were so good and different enough in flavor that I felt it deserved this second helping.

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Thu May 4, 2017

Blackened Cheeseburgers with Bacon and Louisiana Remoulade

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Blackened Cheeseburger

In the early years of dating my (now) wife, we frequented a burger joint by her school called Island Burgers and Shakes. It wasn't necessarily the quality of the burgers that was the draw, but the shear variety you could choose from—about 30 unique combinations, plus make your own. I grew fond of a Cajun seasoned blackened burger topped with pepper jack, bacon, and a spicy mayo and it became my go-to on just about every trip there. Intensity of flavor is always a hook for me, and that crusty, spicy sear paired with peppery cheese, hot mayo, and smoky bacon may sound over the top to some people, but I loved it. I don't think we actually ever returned to the shop after she graduated, and that burger had pretty much faded into the past until a burger-themed Meatwave back in February, when it creeped back into my head and prodded me to make it, and I'm glad I did because the delicious results brought back some fond memories.

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