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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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Tue Aug 29, 2017

Meataly

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Meataly

Summer Meatwaves in Durham are tricky—the odds are good that you'll be facing some oppressive heat, the question is will that heat be the marginally tolerable type, or the type where even considering venturing outdoors is unthinkable. Because of this, I've shifted Meatwave season to happen more in spring and fall, but I can't go all summer without having a cookout, so I scheduled just one in the dead of summer and hoped for the best. To help alleviate the probability of extreme heat discomfort, I made it an evening affair and decided on a fairly light and refreshing Italian menu (if you discount the huge chunk of pork belly). Of course, this particular Saturday ended up being an unseasonable cool, 80-degree day, but that stroke of good luck just made it all the better.

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Tue Jun 6, 2017

Carne-val 2017

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Carne-val 2017

I always look forward to Carne-val—the annual Meatwave celebration of all that is meat—since I use it as an excuse to go all out and smoke up a ton of barbecue. This year it was extra special though because Carne-val fell on Memorial Day, and the collision of two huge grilling events provided an opportunity to really out do myself in every way, and that's exactly what we did when we literally invited the entire neighborhood and then stocked up on 40 pounds of meat to ensure no one would go home hungry.

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Tue May 9, 2017

Meatball Mania!

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Meatball Mania!

After 14 years, I didn't think there would be a lot of firsts for the Meatwave, but this past cookout represented the second one in 2017—earlier this year we celebrated the first ever Meatwave in February, and in April we had our first one held despite a definite forecast for cold and rain. Under normal circumstances, this would have called for postponing the event to hold out for better weather conditions, but this was no normal Meatwave as we had four guests from New York in town who were looking forward to reliving the good times we deprived them of by moving south. So with some ingenuity and help from friends, we pulled off a stellar meatball-filled event in the face of some unfavorable obstacles.

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Tue Mar 28, 2017

Meat Casa es su Casa

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Meat Casa es su Casa

With the Meatwave turning 13 this year, we've run through a whole lot of meat puns for names to date. So much so that I feel like I'm often scraping the bottom of the barrel these days, picking up names that years ago we rejected as not being quality enough. So I when I decided to do another Mexican-inspired spread for this latest meaty installment, I spent days trying to think of a new name that was at least halfway decent. I came up with enough passable options, but then late one night with my eyes starting to shutter from exhaustion, it just popped into my head—Meat Casa es su Casa. It was so perfect and worked on so many levels that I couldn't believe no Meatwaver had previously thought of it. Proud of my fleeting moment of brilliance (or what passes for brilliance in my mind), I slapped the name on the calendar, sent out an invite, and what follows are the delectable delights born to fill out the menu.

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