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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 May 31, 2018

Smoked Duck Ssam

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Smoked Duck Ssam

I'm not really sure why I don't cook duck more often. In many ways, it reigns supreme over other poultry—it's definitely more flavorful and fattier than your chicken and turkey mainstays, which are huge plusses in my book. I guess the fact that it's not normally out with the standard birds, tucked away often in the freezer section, makes it kind of out of sight and out of mind. When I was considering making ssams—essentially Korean lettuce wraps—for a Meawave recently, duck did jump right up there as a great idea for a meat filling, and I'm glad it did because this smoked duck ssam was really amazing.

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Thu May 10, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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Thu May 3, 2018

Grilled Chipotle-Lime Shrimp

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Chipotle-Lime Shrimp

Sometimes I feel like the entire world loves shrimp except me. I've been seafood averse my whole life, and while I'm more tolerant of sea creatures nowadays, shrimp has not followed suit and remains pretty firmly avoided. Knowing I'm somewhat isolated in this respect, I feel like I can't not cook shrimp, and if I'm going to cook it, I'm going to grill it up the best it can be. So with some tricks to success and a delicious chipotle-lime sauce, I ended up with a dish here that even I partook in, albeit in a smaller than normal quantity.

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Thu Apr 26, 2018

Korean Barbecue Spicy Pork Walking Tacos

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Daeji Bulgogi Walking Tacos

I'm a kind of quiet and reserved guy, and while I often frequent the same eating and drinking establishments over and over again, my personality ensures I never really become that "regular" every knows and greets upon arrival. While this holds mostly true, one exception is an excellent food truck called Bo's Kitchen that's often in our neighborhood, where the owner instantly recognizes and chats with myself and the wife. We were so excited when Bo's Kitchen expanded into a brick-and-mortar recently, called Namu, which has now become a usual hang out spot for us. On a recent visit there, I ordered a menu special of bulgogi fries, which were waffle fries loaded with your choice of meat, kimchi, scallions, spicy Korean barbecue sauce, and more. I devoured that oversized platter in no time, and while waiting for those more graceful and normal paced eaters to finish their meals, I got to wondering—why are Korean fries and tacos such a big thing, but not walking tacos? So I knew what I had to do with that thought—make some Korean barbecue walking tacos at a Meatwave!

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