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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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Tue Feb 28, 2017

Winter Meating

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Winter Meating

Part of the allure of a move south was an extended Meatwave season. I assumed this meant I could host barbecues starting late March and into November, but I was a bit unprepared for the stray 70 and 80 degree days in the dead of winter. Last winter I had taken on a large freelancing load, so when that beautiful 70-plus day in the middle of February struck, I was sadly chained to my computer, unable to be outside basking in grilled glory. I vowed not to let that happen this year, but when the first really warm weekend of the winter rolled around, I was still in full loaf mode and didn't quit feel like working nights in the kitchen to cook up an elaborate feast. My wife reminded me that not everything I do needs to be so involved and to just go classic with a simple hot dog and hamburger affair, so I took her advise, enlisted my friends, and put together the very first February Meatwave on a beautifully sunny and warm winter day.

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Tue Dec 6, 2016

Meat Your Match

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Meat Your Match

It felt weird putting a Meatwave on the schedule for mid-November—in New York the season was pretty much always brought to a halt halfway through October due to the fall chill, but I was hopeful that North Carolina would do me right and produce one more 60°F day to allow me to put a nice cap on 2016. Luckily I was not disappointed and got a beautiful sunny and warm, albeit windy, afternoon where I was able to host my friends one last time this year, serving up a menu full of Indian-inspired meats and more at Meat Your Match.

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