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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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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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