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

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Thu Sep 29, 2016

Grilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky Rice

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Grilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky Rice

In my last post, I reminisced on how my past picky eating habits led me to a love of Vietnamese barbecue beef—it was the only thing that sounded non-frightening to me at my first Vietnamese dining experience. I also found humor in that my old self wouldn't venture past that singular item once I deemed it an appropriate fit for my palette. In contrast, this week I'm finding another Vietnamese item as example of the distance I still have yet to go to become the ideal eater I wish I was, because while I cooked up these grilled bananas wrapped in sticky rice, they represented food aversions I'm still not able to shake.

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Thu Sep 22, 2016

Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

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Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

When I arrived in New York for college, my diet pretty much consisted of various forms of fried chicken and pizza. To say I was a picky, not adventurous eater is a bit of an understatement, and, more-or-less, I was able to keep my horizons from expanding during my tenure as a student. The one big exception was when my Vietnamese roommate wanted to head to Chinatown for some of his own comfort food. Me being who I was, I gravitated to the one thing on the menu that sounded familiar and non-threatening—barbecue beef over white rice—and that's what I ordered year after year every time we ended up at this spot. Since then I've obviously expanded my palate and other items have replaced this once mainstay for me, but I recently had a hankering for it and since I'm no longer located in New York, it was up to me to recreate it the best I could.

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Thu Sep 15, 2016

Grilled Cabbage with Chili-lime Dressing

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Grilled Cabbage with Chili-Lime Dressing

My mind almost exploded when I saw shelves begin to be lined with Halloween candy and decorations at the end of August—seriously, too soon...it was still damn hot, damn humid, and back-to-school season wasn't even over. Now that we're entering mid-September, I've finally found expectance though, but our current spat of ideal 80 degree days also doesn't have me letting go of summer quite yet. As an ode to this hybrid summer-fall time we have going on, I'm busting out this very fitting recipe for grilled cabbage with chili-lime dressing.

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Thu Sep 8, 2016

Szechuan Green Beans

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Szechuan Green Beans

I just returned home from a long weekend in Houston, and while you may think my trips down to Texas are all about barbecue—smoked beef was definitely on the agenda—it's actually veered more towards Asian cuisine. One thing I do miss after leaving New York is the ample amount of truly excellent Asian options, so that tends to top my list of must-eats whenever I'm in an region that excels in that area, Houston being one of the them. This lack of everyday availability of items I truly love has driven a bigger desire to learn how to cook my favorite dishes at home, and Szechuan green beans is no-brainer place to start—it's one of the items my wife and I also always order.

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Thu Sep 1, 2016

Venezuelan Chicken Pepito

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Chicken Pepito

When planning out a Meatwave menu, the hardest thing is often figuring out what not to cook. Once I get a theme in my head, I usually spin off one recipe idea after another, and variations within those too. It's my wife who keeps me in check, making sure I'm not going overboard on the food and ambition which, if left to my own devices, can easily turn a pleasant afternoon cookout into a work-a-thon for me with contentious outcomes due to overspending and over producing.

Sometimes I just can't help myself though from sneaking in more than I settled on. This chicken pepito serves as a great example—I had decided to make a steak version of this Venezuelan sandwich already, but while grocery shopping I thought, all I need to pick up to make a different variation is a package of low cost chicken thighs, and went ahead and did it. Yes, we had too much food in the end. Yes, everyone would have been totally content with just the steak sandwich, but the chicken was so good and different, I have no regrets.

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