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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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Tue Mar 15, 2016

Perfectly Grilled Ribeye Steaks

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Ribeye Steak

Last month I busted out my seldom used immersion circulator and sous-vided, then grilled some spectacular strip steaks. As much as those steaks were probably the most tender, perfectly cooked pieces of meat I've ever made, they were missing a deep, crusty sear and hint of smokiness that differentiates a great steak and spectacular one to me. So when an opportunity arose to cook a giant bone-in ribeye cut—also called a cowboy steak—I looked to the grill, and the grill alone.

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Tue Feb 16, 2016

Sous Vide and Grilled NY Strip Steaks

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Sous Vide Strip Steak

I'm not one to buy into kitchen gadgets—I try keep my collection of tools and cookware to the essentials. I always classified immersion circulators in that "gadget" category, thinking they were something I really didn't need to cook well and likely wouldn't even use if I did own one. Then a couple years ago, there was a Kickstarer for the Anova Precision Cooker, which brought along with it a pathway to own a quality circulator for a reasonable price and I bought in on impulse. Although I was initially excited when the device came in the mail in Nov of 2014, my instincts were right—I didn't see it as necessity to cook, and therefore it sat untouched for a long time. I decided it was time to change that and have recently starting to experiment with the circulator and the results are beginning to sway my opinion on sous vide being relegated to second string in my cooking arsenal, I mean just look at these gorgeous New York strips that I cooked in a water bath, then finished over the flames.

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