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Thu Jun 14, 2018

Barbecue Beef Lettuce Wraps

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Barbecue Beef Lettuce Wraps

It's kind of odd that barbecue is a summertime cuisine—is large amounts of hefty, fatty meat really what you're craving when it's scorching hot and humid outside? I think we only really say "yes" because of the years of tradition behind smoked and grilled meats, but I wondered, in a more pragmatic reality, if I wanted something grilled on an oppressively hot day, what would that be? At least one answer to that question ended up being these barbecue beef lettuce wraps, which deliver a ton of familiar summertime flavors in a more light and refreshing manner.

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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 Mar 29, 2018

Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

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Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

I had been a grass fed beef naysayer without really giving the stuff a chance until Wild Sky Beef sent a set of grass fed steaks to try out late last year. In my first foray into this lean meat, I lamented a bit the loss of the beef fat I so love, but also took note of the unique and heightened flavor of the meat itself. I had paired those ribeyes with a fresh lemon and herb butter sauce, but I felt like the slightly gamier character of the meat would have been better matched with a hearty, more savory sauce, like mushroom gravy. So when it came time to cook my next pair of steaks—this time going for the strip loins—I acted on my matchmaking instincts and I can happily say that it turned out to be a very harmonious union.

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Thu Mar 22, 2018

Greek-influenced Planked Zucchini Boats

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Greek-influenced Zucchini Boats

A few years back I received a set of grilling planks and took up this unique method of cooking directly on top of wood. I kept using that same batch of planks over and over again to make things like flounder with cilantro-lime butter, mustard-crusted pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and more, until the wood was so worn out it was rendered unusable. I've let planking fall to the wayside recently, but about a month ago, the folks at Wildwood Grilling sent me a care package filled to the brim with planks and wood wraps, and that ignited a stroke of new recipe ideas on how to use the subtle woodsy flavor planks impart, starting with these Greek-influenced planked zucchini boats.

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Thu Mar 8, 2018

Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

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Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

Italian meatballs were the mother of all my meatball grilling efforts. That initial recipe was so good and successful, I've made meatballs a constant theme throughout the years, and while I've developed some other greats, I often return to that original Italian inspiration source. While I'm happy that I have a recipe that works over and over again, I had the idea to take these meatballs to the next level recently and stuff them with cheese, which ended up being an exercise in making an already good thing even better.

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