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Thu Apr 27, 2017

How to Grill Bacon

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Grilled Bacon

I was in the process of prepping a post I'm excited to share that involved some blackened burgers topped with pepper jack, bacon, and remoulade. In working out the details of the recipe, I began elaborating on my method to grill bacon and came to the realization that I had never really shared this before on the blog. So I put that burger recipe aside for a week to bring you this special presentation of something we should all know how to do—grill bacon.

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Thu Apr 13, 2017

Orange-honey Glazed Ham

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Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

If you want to get real deep with the Meatwave, I'd tell you it all started with ham at the age of four. It was at that fateful time that my parents decided to start keeping kosher and deprive me of my favorite food of all time—ham! I vowed once leaving home, I would never again bound myself to a diet based on religion, mainly because I wanted to eat pork to my heart's content, but also because it was hard to reconcile what was supposed to be positive force in life being one that kept me from achieving a more pure happiness. So it went, once going to college I shunned kashrut and when I got into cooking, you could say my draw to all things smoked hog could have been linked to both an exercise in freedom and making up for lost time. While this blog has been more of a forum for slow smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and the like, sweet city ham will always be my first porcine love, and this orange-honey glazed ham is a representation of that adoration.

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Thu Dec 29, 2016

Smoked Pork Belly Buns

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Barbecue Pork Belly Buns

A couple weeks ago I basked in a personal Texas-style pork belly achievement. I also mentioned that pork belly rarely stands out to me in smoke joints due to its lackluster flavor when compared to the super beefy beef ribs and briskets that serve as better ordering options. The real attraction to the pork belly for me is its immense amount of soft, luscious fat that gives it a texture unlike any other smoked meat. So in thinking of a way to best feature smoked pork belly's top trait while enhancing its overall flavor, I came up with these smoked belly buns, which just so happen would make for an excellent New Year's celebration treat.

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Thu Dec 22, 2016

Pulled Pork Nachos

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Pulled Pork Nachos

I've admitted in the past that I'm notoriously horrible at eating leftovers—I'll save them with best intentions, but the reality is leftovers are unappealing to me and they usually meet a fate whose wastefulness is a point of shame. There are some exceptions to my leftover aversion though, with pulled pork being one of those outliers. I love leftover pulled pork so much that I tend to smoke twice as many pork butts as I need at any given time so I can divvy up the second one into small servings and freeze for later use. One reason pulled pork breaks from leftover norms is due to its versatility—the options beyond a bun and slaw are almost limitless. While I'm sure you need no proof to deem that statement true, I present to you these pulled pork nachos as an exhibit anyways.

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Thu Dec 15, 2016

Texas-style Smoked Pork Belly

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Texas-style Pork Belly

I'm starting to get ready for my annual pilgrimage to Texas. While holidays with the in-laws serves as the official reason for the trip, I use this time of year to also try out at least a couple new (to me) barbecue joints. Luckily the barbecue scene in Houston is starting to take off—what used to be slim pickin's has bloomed into numerous really excellent options for slow smoked meats. Killen's is regarded as one of the best-in-breed in Houston, and I totally concur after ordering all the meats on my first trip there, plus a side of chicken fried steak for good measure. While there wasn't one low point in that meal, it was oddly the pork belly that left an impression on me since this cut has rarely stood up against the beef ribs and briskets at other establishments. This particular piece of belly had luscious, soft, and flavorful fat paired with the ubiquitous Texas salt and pepper bark that combined to make some fine slices of barbecue. So in anticipation of a trip filled with such delectables, I decided it's an apt time to share my attempt at some Texas-style smoked pork belly.

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