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

Recipes

Thu Dec 7, 2017

Veggie Burger Patty Melts

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Veggie Burger Patty Melts

I have to admit, my old thought process on vegetarians attending the Meatwave was that knew what they were coming to, so why cook anything specifically catered to them. Sometimes non-meat items where on the menu, sometimes not, and I always had veggie burgers and buns on hand to at least offer something. That was literally the least I could do, and it was non-empathic and not fair. Nowadays, I try to balance my menus between meaty and non-meaty items so there's something for everyone, and in scenarios where meat-free is a challenge—like at a German-themed cookout from this past summer—I still can't bring myself to default solely to frozen veggie burgers alone anymore. Everyone deserves more than that, even if it's a small, incremental step, like these veggie burger patty melts.

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Thu Nov 30, 2017

Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

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Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

I've never been too keen on Chinese eggplant dishes where the thick, syrupy sauce fuses with the overly softened eggplant to create a kind of overall mushy experience that isn't quite for my personal palate. I tried to make this type of eggplant a couple times in my early days of recipe development to see if I could do anything more appetizing to me, but never got results I was all that happy with. Then, while researching ideas for a Chinese-influenced Meatwave, I came across a few recipes for eggplant with yu xiang sauce and the looks of that tangy and spicy Sichuan sauce seemed like something I could really get behind. So I took another stab at an eggplant-plus-sauce type of recipe, and this time I was left absolutely smitten.

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Thu Nov 23, 2017

Pulled Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

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Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

Happy Thanksgiving Meatwavers! If you're anything like me, you're probably busy in the kitchen right now prepping everything for a gigantic and delicious feast this evening. Then you get to enjoy that meal again the next day, and the next, and the next thanks to what feels like endless leftovers. Seeing as I'm not much of a leftovers guy, the repetitiveness of eating the same thing over and over becomes unappetizing, so I'm always looking at ways to reuse that holiday spread in creative ways that makes it feel new again and I had what I think is a pretty good idea this year—pulled barbecue turkey sandwiches.

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Thu Nov 16, 2017

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Thanksgiving time is upon us, and I'm in the process of plotting out my menu, making recipe swaps and adjustments to ensure this year is an improvement over the last. As I was working through this, I realized one recipe that has held strong and seen no changes over the years was my cranberry sauce—if you're not making your own, your missing out on how just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of effort is a huge improvement over store bought. This got me thinking about what I could do different with cranberry sauce, and while I'll likely always opt for my tried and true recipe, the slight off topic thought of a cranberry barbecue sauce entered my mind and I just had to act on it.

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Thu Nov 9, 2017

Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

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Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

There was a time, not that far in the past, that I would have never thought I would be exalting the virtues of grilled cabbage, but here we are today. Not only is grilling cabbage one of the best ways to cook this vegetable, it's endlessly versatile, making it an easy choice to fit into just about any menu, and it's saved me on numerous occasions when I either couldn't think of an appropriate side or didn't have time to make something more elaborate. My last German-themed Meatwave is one such example—I had my prep time filled making sausages and other mains as well as was having a difficult time coming up with a fitting vegetarian side dish. I thought I was going to have to pull a cop out and just buy some bags of chips or pretzels, but then grilled cabbage creeped into my brain and saved the day. Quick to put together and dressed with a mustard vinaigrette, it fit seamlessly into the day.

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