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

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Thu Jun 23, 2016

Tostones with Grilled Skirt Steak

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Tostones with Skirt Steak

I have a running list of recipes where I can jot things down in any moment of inspiration. It's something I've maintained for many, many years, which means some of those items date back to my earliest days of grilling. One such long standing idea was to use tostones—fried green plantains—as a serving piece with steak and sauce adorning it, a nice little appetizer in my mind. I tend to build Meatwave menus from that recipe list—after forming a theme, I pick and choose from the list to assemble a grand feast. So it came to be at a recent Venezuelan inspired Meatwave that this tostones idea finally found a home, and I was sure glad it did.

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Thu Jun 16, 2016

Sous Vide and Grilled Pork Belly Buns

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Pork Belly Buns

My Anova Precision Cooker was totally an impulse buy when I saw I could still get in on the ground level during their Kickstarter campaign a couple years back. I never really felt the need to own a sous vide-style device before, but there was something appealing to having it at my disposal. After finally receiving it though, I couldn't think what I normally cook that I wanted to try to improve via sous vide, but then it hit me—pork belly! My pork belly has been alright, but never as soft and luscious as what I get in a restaurant, and saw a slow, controlled cook as being a way of bringing my belly game into the big leagues, and these buns certainly did that.

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Thu Jun 9, 2016

Grilled Korean Cauliflower

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Grilled Korean Cauliflower

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite wings are, it's a quick and simple answer—these crispy Korean wings. Those wings have a great heat and light sweetness with so much more depth than the standard buffalo thanks to the fermented pepper paste, gochujang. Having almost an equal amount of vegetarian and meat-eating friends now, I was feeling insufficient as a host by not being able to share one of my all-time favorite recipes with everyone. Then I had the idea to use that excellent sauce on grilled cauliflower, which can get some nice crisp to it along with hearty, almost meaty innards that aren't a one-to-one with wings, but check some similar boxes.

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Thu Jun 2, 2016

Reina Pepiada Arepas

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Reina Pepiada Arepas

Ever order one of your favorite things while not at your normal restaurant and just can't shake that, while it may be good, it's not exactly what you want? That's what happened with me after moving to Durham with reina pepiada arepas—Venezuelan corn cakes stuffed with an avocado chicken salad. I was pleasantly surprised I could even get reina arepas here in multiple locations, but none are what I'm used to getting at my old haunt in New York, Arepas Cafe. So I had to take matters into my own hand and learned how to make them myself, and the results were incredibly close to ideal.

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Thu May 26, 2016

Sweet and Sticky Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

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Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

When it comes to barbecuing, ribs are by far my go-to item. This certainly shows with ribs racking up sixteen unique recipes so far, while other common slow smoked items like pork butts or briskets only have a couple each. This has certainly bred a consistancy in my rib production, but at the same time, also a monotony. In thinking of ways to continue to build pork rib excellence and break repetition at the same time, I though why not try something completely new—smoke, and then fry my ribs. Turns out that was a pretty sweet idea, and these sweet and sticky hoisin-glazed ribs are just one of two prime examples so far.

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