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

Grilling

Thu Oct 11, 2018

Chicago Char Dogs

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Chicago Char Dogs

This past Meatwave season has been a challenging one. It took a couple months longer than I was expecting to get it off the ground thanks to poor weather, then I had been traveling so much over the summer than I always felt like I was rushing to cram in a cookout with never enough time to prepare. In one of these instances, I only gave myself two days to get everything ready—usually shopping and prep spans twice as long—and decided that a purely hot dog affair would help ease the pressure of trying to do too much it too little time. I knew I really wanted to do Chicago Dogs, which is a favorite of mine, and these turned out being the most stress-free item on the menu because I literally just bought a kit off of the Vienna Beef website, which was the best way for me to procure all the hyper-regional ingredients, ensuring these would be as legit as possible coming off a grill in North Carolina.

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Thu Oct 4, 2018

Grilled Vegetables and Israeli Couscous Salad

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Israeli Couscous & Grilled Vegetables Salad

Well, it felt like the heat would never relent, but finally, the seasons are starting to change here in Durham. It's not quite feeling like fall yet though, but more how a pleasant summer should be—warm and comfortable, just generally good times to be outside. So I have not yet transitioned into my orange veggie, fall extravaganza mode, but instead am enjoying the last hurrays of the summer season, and this grilled vegetable and Israeli couscous salad is good note to go out on.

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Thu Sep 27, 2018

Bockwurst

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Bockwurst

To be totally honest, I've never been a huge bratwurst guy. I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm attracted to more heavily flavored things and, while I can appreciate bratwurst's light seasoning, there are so many other sausages out there I would pick over a brat. So when deciding to do an Oktoberfest themed cookout last year, bratwurst was on the menu for good measure, but it wasn't the sausage I was most excited about trying to make at home, that designation went to bockwurst.

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Thu Sep 13, 2018

Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

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Beef Bulgogi Walking Tacos

One of our favorite hang out spots in Durham is Namu, a Korean joint with great indoor and outdoor spaces to eat and drink with friends, which I recommend checking out if you're ever in town. Korean barbecue serves as the backbone of their menu, and there doesn't seems to be much they don't turn it into. Their menu covers everything from the traditional, like bibimbap and mandu, to the creative, like tacos, quesadillas, and loaded fries. This got me thinking, if Korean barbecue is so versatile, what else can it do well?

It wasn't a great leap to get from tacos to walking tacos, but I realized I had never seen Korean barbecue topped Fritos ever before and it suddenly became my mission to make it. I made both spicy pork bulgogi, which I've already reported out on, and this beef bulgogi as toppings, and I'm happy to say both worked great in the walking taco format.

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Thu Sep 6, 2018

Sabich

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Sabich

I have fond food memories from the semester I spent abroad in Israel, but back then I wasn't the eater I am today and didn't take full advantage of all of the incredible cuisine around me. While I was left with shawarmas, falafels, schnitzels, bourekas, and so much more to reminisce on, if I were to return today, I would certainly have a totally different eating experience. For one thing, I wasn't much of a consumer of vegetables then, and I would have steered cleared of something like sabich, which is a fried eggplant pita of Iraqi origin that's overstuffed with a myriad of toppings that I could have easily acquired in Tel Aviv. So today I'm left with hopes to one day try all that I failed to experience before, and doing my best in creating things at home based on other people's recipes and how I imagine they would taste.

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