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

Chicken

Thu Aug 16, 2018

Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Herbs, and Sumac

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Lemon, Sumac, & Herb Chicken

If you follow the Meatwave, you know by know that I don't hold back at my cookouts. Each one I host is an excuse to make as many new recipes as possible, usually outputting six to eight unique dishes each time. Guests, understandably, want to a try a little of everything, which keeps me focused on items that can be consumed, or at least divided up into, in small sampling portions. For that reason, dishes that can't be made smaller often don't make the menu, and even if they do, I know going in they may not get eaten because the increased stomach space they require make them undesirable within the larger feast. So it was with some reservation that I decided to throw this whole chicken with herbs, lemon, and sumac into an already overcrowded menu, but then realized I was onto something good when the entire plate disappeared.

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Thu Jul 26, 2018

Chicken Shawarma

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Chicken Shawarma

I did a stint studying abroad in Tel Aviv, and during that time, shawarma was the most consistent item in my diet—it was common for it to be my lunch or dinner many, many times a week. This built an unwavering love for this spiced meat usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then stuffed into pitas with a multitude of toppings. I've tried shawarma at home before, but my use of lean turkey breast didn't render the glistening, fatty output that's one reason this stuff is so delicious. So it was kind of a no brainer to give shawarma another shot at a Middle Eastern-themed Meatwave I threw earlier this month, and this time, I it fared much better.

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Thu Apr 12, 2018

Barbecue Chicken Tacos

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Barbecue Chicken Tacos

While creating new recipes is the constant drive of this now 12 year old project, it's the unexpected surprises that make it feel exciting and keep me plugging away and sharing. Take, for example, these barbecue chicken tacos. In all honesty, this was a recipe pitch to a client that I wasn't totally jazzed about—it just seemed to fit the bill of being something familiar and accessible, while also different enough that it wasn't already represented in their catalog. It was accepted and I ventured forth with what I thought would be a bit of throw-away in the end, but what came together was so tasty and worked so well that it really took me aback and changed my perception of what ideas are worth acting upon.

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Thu Jan 25, 2018

Smoked, Fried, and Grilled Barbecue Wings

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Smoked, Fried, and Grilled Barbecue Wings

During last year's wing month, I made smoked and fried wings in a quest for the ultimate flavor and texture combo. I was pretty damn proud of what I achieved, then commenter Note went and said he goes the extra mile and smokes, fries, and then grills his wings. That left me feeling like I had only finished a 5k while he was out there winning a marathon and I knew that the triple cooking process needed to be the crowning achievement of wing month 2018. So, without further adieu, I present to you the trifecta of smoked, fried, and grilled barbecue wings!

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Thu Jan 18, 2018

Char Siu Chicken Wings

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Char Siu Chicken Wings

Even if you haven't heard the term "char siu" before, you've likely eaten it. You know those sweet Chinese spare ribs? That's char siu. That red tinged pork in your fried rice? That's char siu. Char siu kind of equates to Chinese barbecue sauce and is used in a number of applications, and I myself have used it to make everything from chicken buns to pork belly to smoked pork butt. One thing I realized I hadn't used char siu sauce for though was wings, and wing month seemed like a good time to finally change that.

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