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Tue Jul 17, 2018

Meatle Eastern

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Meatle Eastern

Since moving to Durham, I've adjusted the Meatwave schedule to mostly happen in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, because let's face it, it's just too damn hot and humid for it to be pleasant to sit outside for hours on end in the dead of summer here. This year I got tripped up though by some unusually cold and wet early spring months that made me fall behind in my ambitious meat-related plans, so to make up for lost time, I decided I needed to continue hosting no matter what the weather was. This led me to implementing some new Meatwave features to beat the heat, along with devising a menu of Middle Eastern-influenced food that would be fitting for the scorching weather.

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Tue Jun 19, 2018

Carne-val 2018

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Carne-val 2018

I used to never threw cookouts on the big grilling holidays—I figured chances were high someone else would be playing host on those days, so it was my time to take a break and just be a guest. That changed last year when I mashed-up our annual Carne-val celebration with Memorial Day, and the turnout was so great, I decided to do a repeat again this year. With a growing base of friends here in Durham, this equated to probably 50 or more folks showing up, and while I was armed with more than enough meat, feeding so many, so quickly had me ending the day with something that has never really happened before—being so busy I had almost no time to take photos. So while the day was great, albeit exhausting, I'm relying a bit on past photos to tell the story, which feels a little weird to me, but I still wanted to document all the greatness that was Carne-val 2018.

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Tue Apr 24, 2018

Garden of Meaty Delights

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Garden of Meaty Delight

Man, I'm not sure how I survived so long each year when I was in New York without a Meatwave. It was only back in mid-October that we had our last one here in NC, but I've been so itching to get this 15th season started that it's felt way, way longer than that. I think the fact that the cold, snow, and rain put dampers on previous attempts to get things started up again have made things worse, and I felt a growing anxiety as my list of recipe ideas kept getting longer as more time passed. Well, this past Sunday we were finally blessed with a beautiful day to kickoff this season, and I made sure each dish in this cookout really counted.

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Tue Oct 24, 2017

Meatmeister

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Meatmeister

It's always hard to say goodbye to the Meatwave for the season, although in North Carolina it's a little bit easier knowing that a stray warm day in winter can mean we don't have to wait until spring to get our fix once again. Still, I wasn't taking any chances on that and to close out the 2017 season, I cooked up a huge meat feast that paid homage to the eats at Oktoberfest. This meant lots of pork in lots of forms—wursts, roast shanks, chops, and more. It was certainly enough to fill you up and get in an unhealthy intake of meat and fat before the winter sets in.

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Tue Oct 10, 2017

Meat and You, and You and Meat

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Meat and You, and You and Meat

I was in Chicago a couple weekends ago, staying with past die-hard Meatwavers Lindsay and Brandon, and they asked how things have changed with the cookouts since moving to North Carolina. Mainly I think about how we've shifted the season to happen more during spring and fall rather than summer, have more vegetarians, and already have a regular crowd size that took many, many years to build up in New York. My wife had a different answer though, she sees me going more all out in Durham than I ever did before, and I never really stopped to consider that. Putting together this recap post though, it proves to be very true—where I used to try to get three or four new recipes out of a Meatwave, this one clocked in with eight dishes that I can share on the blog, and past events tell similar stories. So without further ado, I present to you the massive spread we had going on at this Chinese-inspired feast.

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