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Tue Jun 10, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers with Pineapple and Teriyaki Sauce

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Bacon-wrapped Chicken Skewers

Although not one of my top foods, skewers do tend to be one of my favorite things to do at the Meatwave. They're an awesome party food and especially apt for the medium-sized get togethers I frequently host. For one, the small cubes of meat on a stick cook fast and are easy to manage, shortening my time by the grill and increasing my ability to socialize. Second, I can prepare them ahead of time, so it's just grab and go from the fridge when guests are here. Third, I can grill up a variety of different skewers at once as opposed to the singular focus on one recipe at a time that's required for more complicated dishes. Finally, the ease of eating meat on a stick makes skewers just a better experience for all involved.

For all the pluses, there are an equal amount of minuses like they tend to put more limits on creativity, they require a more watchful eye to ensure they don't overcook, and all too often are just comparatively dull compared to other backyard staples like burgers and ribs.

So I'm left balancing my desire to make skewers, but continuing the tradition of delivering only the best to my guests, and that's where these bacon-wrapped chicken skewers with pineapple and teriyaki sauce really hit the mark.

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Tue Sep 17, 2013

Banana Boats

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Banana Boats

I'm currently in prep mode for a forthcoming competition this weekend. For the first time ever, I've found myself with an actual "team"—we have many friends coming out the entire weekend to help out, eat, and party. So on top of my sauces, rubs, and meats, I'm considering what I can cook for the team that's quick, simple, inexpensive, and doesn't take up much, or any, room in the already overstuffed coolers. Instantly I thought of these banana boats I made a Meatwave last year. For a grilled dessert, they're exceedingly easy and also quite the crowd pleaser.

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Tue Aug 20, 2013

Spicy Grilled Watermelon

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Spicy Grilled Watermelon

When it comes to developing grilling recipes, it's only best of the lot that have been tested and proven that make their way up here. A lot of thought goes into selecting and creating each recipe, picking things I think all you Meatwavers would like and then ensuring they'll turn out just as tasty for you as they did for me. Still, even with a good sense what will work and what won't, there are some duds, and then others that are a bit confounding, like this spicy grilled watermelon.

On paper it all sounds great—grilled watermelon with a cayenne lime sauce to contrast against the sweetness—but in practice the dish garnered a diverse response from those who weren't feeling it to others who found it quite tasty. Without total buy-in, I wondered if it's even worth sharing, but I think there's value in this type of recipe that might not find universal love, but could serve as a source of inspiration to make it better.

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Tue Jul 30, 2013

Pecan Stuffed Apples with Caramel Sauce

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Hudson Valley Ribfest

So my first competition of the year is finally upon me this weekend, and that means you only have to endure one more neurotic post of me over analyzing what I did last year and how to make things better this time around. Like the barbecue chicken pizza I broke down a couple weeks ago, these pecan stuffed apples with caramel sauce were pretty labor intensive and kept me prepping and cooking for a while with no real idea if all the work would pay off. With another dessert category in my forthcoming comp, I thought it would be good for me to see why I thought this entry was pretty kick ass, but maybe wasn't the right recipe or idea for the battle.

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Tue Jun 4, 2013

Grilled Lemonade

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Grilled Lemonade

Don't know how Spring is playing out near you, but in New York it seems like we made the jump from cold and rainy to hot and humid with the absence of those sunny pleasant days where being outside presents absolutely no challenges to personal comfort. With the heat comes the constant need to cool down, and perhaps there's no better way to achieve that with maximum seasonal refreshment than lemonade.

Oh, you say lemonade isn't grilled? That's where you're wrong!

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