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

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Thu Apr 19, 2018

Grilled Kimchi

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Grilled Kimchi

You'd be hard pressed to call this last month "spring." If it was really spring, we would have been Meatwaving, and at this time last year I already had two cookouts under my belt. I was planning to have a similar schedule this year, but cold, rain, and snow have persisted for so long that it has felt unrelenting. It became clear a winter Meatwave wasn't going to happen, but it started warming up a bit around mid-March and I set my sights on getting things up and running by month's end, planning out a whole Korean-themed menu I couldn't wait to execute. A week prior to my selected start date, I even began working on a recipe for grilled kimchi, knowing I would need at least seven days to let it ferment nicely prior to serving. Then that hopeful start of the season came and went without any cookout—mother nature decided it would be better to have snow and a high in the low 40s rather than letting me begin my Meatwaves. Sad, but not never defeated, I pushed my first event back month and figured my kimchi would just get to ferment longer, which may not be a bad thing. It's felt like forever since then, but this weekend we finally kickoff the season and it was finally time to crack open that kimchi and see how it did.

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Thu Apr 12, 2018

Barbecue Chicken Tacos

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Barbecue Chicken Tacos

While creating new recipes is the constant drive of this now 12 year old project, it's the unexpected surprises that make it feel exciting and keep me plugging away and sharing. Take, for example, these barbecue chicken tacos. In all honesty, this was a recipe pitch to a client that I wasn't totally jazzed about—it just seemed to fit the bill of being something familiar and accessible, while also different enough that it wasn't already represented in their catalog. It was accepted and I ventured forth with what I thought would be a bit of throw-away in the end, but what came together was so tasty and worked so well that it really took me aback and changed my perception of what ideas are worth acting upon.

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Thu Apr 5, 2018

Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

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Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

Each Thanksgiving I like to keep the menu mostly the same, but change up a couple things so the meal always feels comforting while also leaving some room for creativity and anticipation for the new. This past year I decided it was the green vegetable's turn to make the switch from my standard green bean casserole to something different. Not quite sure what to make, I asked my sister, who said both her and my Dad were quite fond of both brussels sprout and broccoli. I wasn't a hundred percent clear if those were meant to be considered separately, but I decided to do a combo of both hearty veggies that have similar roasting times, and paired them with a Spanish chorizo that I was hoping would add some heat along with its meatiness. I got the later out of the sausage, but no real spice, which left the side lacking in my opinion, so I decided to give spicy roasted brussels and broccoli another shot, and this time I ended up with what I was previously hoping for.

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Thu Mar 29, 2018

Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

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Grilled Strip Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

I had been a grass fed beef naysayer without really giving the stuff a chance until Wild Sky Beef sent a set of grass fed steaks to try out late last year. In my first foray into this lean meat, I lamented a bit the loss of the beef fat I so love, but also took note of the unique and heightened flavor of the meat itself. I had paired those ribeyes with a fresh lemon and herb butter sauce, but I felt like the slightly gamier character of the meat would have been better matched with a hearty, more savory sauce, like mushroom gravy. So when it came time to cook my next pair of steaks—this time going for the strip loins—I acted on my matchmaking instincts and I can happily say that it turned out to be a very harmonious union.

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Thu Mar 22, 2018

Greek-influenced Planked Zucchini Boats

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Greek-influenced Zucchini Boats

A few years back I received a set of grilling planks and took up this unique method of cooking directly on top of wood. I kept using that same batch of planks over and over again to make things like flounder with cilantro-lime butter, mustard-crusted pork tenderloin, meatloaf, and more, until the wood was so worn out it was rendered unusable. I've let planking fall to the wayside recently, but about a month ago, the folks at Wildwood Grilling sent me a care package filled to the brim with planks and wood wraps, and that ignited a stroke of new recipe ideas on how to use the subtle woodsy flavor planks impart, starting with these Greek-influenced planked zucchini boats.

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