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

Pork

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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Thu Aug 17, 2017

Smoked Porchetta

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Smoked Porchetta

I had it all planned out, the centerpiece of my Italian-themed Meatwave was going to be a massive pork loin that I was going to butterfly, stuff with prosciutto, sopressata, provolone, and basil, then roll close and grill. I'm sure it would have been impressive and excellent, but a slight wrench was thrown into my plans—I was given a BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud to take for a spin, and with a lot time away from home recently, if I didn't try it out on that Meatwave weekend, I probably wouldn't get to it until at least a couple months later. I could have chosen to smoke the pork loin in order to make use of the device, but the rather fat-devoid loin isn't ripe fodder for low and slow cooking, which favors fattier cuts. Then the perfect idea came into my head—ditch the stuffed loin and do a smoked porchetta. The fat-laden pork belly required for porchetta is perfect smoking, and a porchetta would be equally worthy to serve as the centerpiece meat for the day.

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Thu Jul 27, 2017

Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

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Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

It had literally been years since I had made a brisket when my Carne-val celebration rolled around back in May of this year. I had this gnawing desire to get back into the brisket game and had plans to buy two of them, smoking one whole in a Texas fashion, and splitting the second into the flat and point, turning the flat into pastrami and the point into burnt ends. During my shopping for the event though, I only happened upon one brisket, leaving a hole in the menu that second brisket was to fill. I ended up abandoning the pastrami idea, but thought I could still accomplish the burnt ends, but use pork belly instead of beef. Not sure why I never thought of this before because pork belly burnt ends ended up being amazing, and even more so when served in steamed bun style.

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