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

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Thu Dec 21, 2017

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham

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Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham

Longtime readers already know this, but ham is my jam. I'm an equal opportunity ham lover, but when we get down to it, it's sweet city ham with a sugary glaze that really has my heart. For the past few years I've begun serving ham alongside turkey at my family Thanksgivings even though a bird alone is more than enough food for my clan. Thinking of the extra work and cost, I almost didn't make a ham this year, then, just a couple weeks away from the big day, I had a gnawing craving that forced me into an action that ended with a seven pound pig rump being sent to me via the mail. Glad that happened because this year I tried out a new glaze featuring Dr Pepper as the base, and I can say I think I've finally found my full ham master recipe.

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Thu Dec 14, 2017

Schwenkbraten Sandwiches

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Schwenkbraten

I'm no master of German cuisine, and when I decided to host an Oktoberfest cookout of sorts, my first, and only, recipes I thought of were all of the wurst variety. I felt like I both wanted to cook and offer more than sausages to my guest, so did some research on other ubiquitous German grilled meats and came across schwenkbraten—marinated and grilled pork neck steaks. It seemed like schwenkbraten consisted of three things, all dubbed schwenker—the unique suspended swinging grill over a live fire for cooking, the person actually doing the grilling (or most correctly, the swinging), and the meat itself. Seeing as I had two out of three and, having never had schwenkbraten before, I was freed a bit of the confines of authenticity, it seemed like a decent choice to help fill out the menu with at least one thing that fit the theme was not an encased meat.

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Thu Nov 2, 2017

Currywurst

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Currywurst

While I'm starting to move into the mindset that the process of making sausages is not so arduous that it can't be done on a regular basis, the fact of the matter is it's still more time consuming than the majority of other recipes I do. So, when it does come time to work on some links, I usually make it count and do at least five pound batches, which both leaves me in a position to not have go back and remake the sausages anytime soon, but I also usually end up with more than I know what to do with. Luckily, I had a perfect use for some excess bratwurst I had on hand at the last Meatwave—serve them as currywurst!

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Thu Oct 26, 2017

German Bratwurst

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Bratwurst

In my earlier days of cooking, sausage seemed like a next logical step after a few years of throwing Meatwaves and developing recipes. At that time I opted to just buy the sausage stuffer attachment for my KitchenAid meat grinder, which was a bitch to use and, paired with less than stellar sausage results, made the effort feel arduous and pointless. Still, I'm not one to give up and I kept making sausages again and again, incrementally improving, but never quite reaching what I considered to be their full potential. The addition of a vertical sausage stuffer certainly made the process a lot easier and faster, and while I was getting better at seasoning and achieving ideally juicy links, the years of past memories always lingered. This made sausages something I still considered comparatively difficult and risky, leading to only taking a crack at them once a year or less. I think my perception of sausage making has finally turned a corner though with these German bratwurst, whose production felt totally manageable and with end results that I considered on par with top quality specimens.

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Thu Sep 28, 2017

Smoked Porchetta Sandwiches

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Smoked Porchetta

When I decided to make smoked porchetta, the impetus was really to have these very specific sandwiches. See, the week prior to that Meatwave I was in Vancouver for a conference and right next to the venue was a sandwich shop I had read about and always wanted to try—Meat & Bread. They're signature item is a sandwich that combines porchetta meat, crackling pork skin, and Italian salsa verde together on a toasty ciabatta roll. Of course, I had to get this while there, and while the sandwich looks and sounds seemingly simple, it was an incredible powerhouse of flavors and textures that left me craving more after finishing the last bite. So what was the best way to get more once 3000 miles away from the restaurant? Make it at home!

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