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Thu Dec 1, 2016

Galbi (Korean Grilled Short Ribs)

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Galbi

I used to think beef short ribs were reserved for the likes of smoking and braising only in order to render them tender and edible. Then one day I tried grilling short ribs like a steak and my perception of this super beefy, delicious cut was forever changed. Those short rib "steaks" were some of the best beef to come off my grill—intensely flavored with a pleasant chew akin to a perfectly medium-rare New York strip. It took me years to stumble upon this revelation, but Koreans have long been on the grilled short rib train with their version—galbi.

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Thu Sep 22, 2016

Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

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Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

When I arrived in New York for college, my diet pretty much consisted of various forms of fried chicken and pizza. To say I was a picky, not adventurous eater is a bit of an understatement, and, more-or-less, I was able to keep my horizons from expanding during my tenure as a student. The one big exception was when my Vietnamese roommate wanted to head to Chinatown for some of his own comfort food. Me being who I was, I gravitated to the one thing on the menu that sounded familiar and non-threatening—barbecue beef over white rice—and that's what I ordered year after year every time we ended up at this spot. Since then I've obviously expanded my palate and other items have replaced this once mainstay for me, but I recently had a hankering for it and since I'm no longer located in New York, it was up to me to recreate it the best I could.

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Thu Aug 4, 2016

Pastrami Short Ribs

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Pastrami Short Ribs

The fact that this blog is representative of an evolution in learning is both a boon and point of frustration. At the same time that it documents how my methods have changed to get better results, it also keeps alive recipes that I know need fixing. For example, someone searching for "pastrami" will come across my first attempt at it four years ago, and while I was proud of it at the time, it did not represent the juiciest, most tender product I consider ideal. I've learned much about smoking beef in the time that's passed, and there's a constant nagging desire to do a pastrami redux to get it more right. I finally did that, but changed the medium from beef brisket to short ribs, and the results were pretty stellar.

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Thu Jul 7, 2016

Salt and Pepper Beef Back Ribs

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Salt & Pepper Beef Back Ribs

I like to pride myself on my regular posting habits—one new recipe every week for all you Meatwavers. So you may have noticed last week came and went without a new recipe, and on top of that, it was leading up the grand Fourth of July grilling holiday, gasp! While I felt regret letting such a hugely meat-heavy period of time go without new content, I hope my excuse is somewhat good enough—the Meatwave was relocating to its permanent home.

Yup, after years and years of renting in New York, and then testing the waters here in Durham, my wife and I have found the right place for us and settled into our first home and with all the craziness of packing, moving, and unpacking, I had to let a few things slide and the blog happened to be one of them. But I'm never down for the count for long, and I'm back with what's both an appropriately simple, yet hugely beefy recipe for smoked salt and pepper beef back ribs.

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Thu May 12, 2016

Venezuelan Steak Pepito

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Steak Pepito

A lack of ability to get my totally ideal arepa here in Durham led me to throw a Venezuelan Meatwave a few weeks ago. While areapas were the inspiration for that event, I felt like having arepas alone would not offer my guests the diversity they're accustomed to at my meat-filled feasts. So that got me into researching what other Venezuelan staples could be taken to the grill, and I was instantly taken by pepitos. These are sandwiches that seem to be pretty ubiquitous in Venezuela, but have no real hard and fast rule for fillings and toppings. This latitude made me feel comfortable making my own interpretation of this sandwich, and what came out of that was this delicious Venezuelan steak pepito.

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