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


Tue Jun 30, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a T-Bone Steak

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When it comes to steak, I'm an economy cuts man. Well, I say with a bit of grumble that I was an economy man before my choice cuts of skirt, hanger, or flank became so desirable that their market value shot up beyond "bargain" territory. Still, they're easier on the wallet than the high-end cuts like ribeyes and T-bones, which I certainly love, but can hardly justify buying, knowing that I'll be just as happy with a steak a quarter of the cost.

But I'm also a man who would never pass up a porterhouse under the right circumstances, so when Serious Eats asked me to develop a recipe for perfectly cooked T-bone steaks last year (courtesy of Pat LaFrieda Meat) I jumped at the opportunity. The well-marbled, dry-aged prime steaks that were delivered were so beautiful that I affectionately dubbed them "my babies," and promised myself that no harm would come to them.

I've grilled enough steaks to know how to treat them right, but I did pit a few winning T-bone techniques against each other to see if one would ultimately earn me the title of "#1 Steak Dad."


Tue Jun 23, 2015

Santa Maria Tri-tip

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Santa Maria Tritip

One thing I'll miss about about New York is you can get just about anything here, although not always without effort. Case in point, tri-tip. I've been aware of this staple of central coastal California "barbecue" for a long time, but it's not a cut the common butcher or supermarket will carry in New York. Due to the inconvenience of searching for, and then traveling to get tri-tip in this city, I never tried making it myself, but last summer I decided it was high time I get off my lazy ass and took on this complex cut with a couple different recipes, the first being done in the vein of traditional Santa Maria-style.

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Tue Jun 16, 2015

Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches

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Halloumi Pita

Now is as good a time as any to let you in on some big Meatwave news—we're moving! Yup, I'm taking the plunge and saying goodbye to New York and hello to North Carolina early next month. While the move will hopefully mean more grilling and more recipes in the long run, there's sadness in losing some of the things I've come to take for granted in the neighborhood I've called home for nearly 13 years, Astoria. With a heavily Greek population, Mediterranean foods abound, and my wife and I have grown accustomed to easily making a delicious and quick dinner out of the readily available halloumi cheese, top quality pita, and tzatziki that combine into one stellar sandwich.

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Tue Jun 9, 2015

Chili-rubbed Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Grilled Mango Salsa

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Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

I run a pretty predicable cyclical pattern with my diet each year. Once Thanksgiving hits, I give up resistance to any attempt to improve my health and indulge in all the meat and fat that makes the holidays and winter a comforting, survivable time. When spring hits, I start to introduce some semblance of balance, however misguided it may be, into my meal selection and take up biking and walking more. This year I've broken that trend and have yet to crawl out from the gluttony I wallowed in during the colder months. I have a fear that letting myself do this is so easy that I may never bring myself out of it and I'll inevitably suffer the consequences of that decision in the long run. I need a swift kick in the ass to get myself into full spring/summer mode and I thought revisiting some of the lighter sides of grilling I've done would serve as good inspiration. So with that, I bring you what I consider healthier grilling by way of these chili-rubbed mahi mahi tacos with a grilled mango salsa.

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Tue Jun 2, 2015

Memphis-Style Dry Ribs

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Memphis Dry-rubbed Ribs

Back in the day, I'd call pretty much any rib I didn't slather with sauce, "dry ribs." Not only were they indeed dry, but they looked and tasted like the dry ribs I've always been served at restaurants. It wasn't until I had some excellent dry ribs at Peg Leg Porker, down in Nashville, that I understood just what I'd been missing. So I got to talking to pitmaster Carey Bringle about what sets his ribs apart from the crowd.

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