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

Sandwiches

Tue Apr 14, 2015

Carne Enchilada Torta

Posted by

Carne Enchilada Torta

A while back, my buddy James invited me to help him eat through almost every torta at Tortas Neza in Corona, Queens for a video he was making. I had read odes to the overstuffed tortas made by Galdino Molinero out of his truck that resides under the elevated 7 train at the corner of Roosevelt and 111th, but never tried them, so was only too happy to oblige. There wasn't a low point in the 10 or so sandwiches we ate that day, but a few really haunted my dreams like Tortas Monarcas (carnitas) and Tortas Regias (carne enchilada). The later stuck with me due its profoundly spicy meat that was at the same time crisp and tender, having a saucy, caramelized, and charred exterior that coated slices of pork that were nice and juicy. It was something I wished I could have in my life more often, so attempted a version of it at my grill.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Nov 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

Posted by

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

Leftovers aren't my thing. While I watch a barrage of Facebook friends post their Thanksgiving meals eaten again and again in the days following the holiday, I can usual stomach those reheated, suboptimal pieces of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce maybe once, preferably never. Feeding a family of only six, an assload (it's a technical term) of leftovers is a reality though, so I'm in search of ways to transform them into something I would want to eat in order to avoid what shouldn't be inevitable waste. I've found as least one answer to this problem by way of a Thanksgiving leftover panini.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Jul 8, 2014

Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise

Posted by

Meatroccan Nights

I was pretty damn proud of myself that I pulled off making merguez at home. I thought I hit a high point in my exploration into Moroccan-influenced grilling with those links, but then I took those little sausages and put them between a toasted baguette, added some caramelized onions, cilantro, Manchego, and harissa mayo and created one of my favorite things I've ever grilled.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue May 13, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Posted by

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

The world seems to love skinless, boneless chicken breasts. The world is against me. Why choose fatless, flavorless breasts when you can have juicy and flavorful thighs? That's my thinking, and so it was with a little dismay that I watched Pitmaster Chris Lilly grill up some chicken breasts for lunch while Kingsford hosted me at the Decatur Riverfest a couple years ago. I found relief that brisket and ribs were on the menu too and a satisfying meal was still to be had, but Chris is quite the cook, so I figured I should at least give those chicken sandwiches a try, no matter my misgivings.

Damn, those sandwiches were hella good.

The actual chicken meat still proved my point on the lack of flavor of chicken breasts, but Chris had built such a great array of seasonings and extras that the sandwich on the whole was incredible. So I was all too pleased when the recipe was provided to me and I had a chance to make these sweet and spicy grilled chicken sandwiches at home.

Read more and get recipe >>

Tue Apr 22, 2014

Grill-Pressed Chorizo Tortas

Posted by

Grill-Pressed Chorizo Tortas

Longtime readers of this blog are probably already familiar with my enthusiasm for Cinco de Mayo. Tex-Mex is up there with barbecue as a favorite cuisine, so a holiday that glorifies the American bastardization (I say that with only the most delicious connotations) of Mexican food culture is something I can take to celebrating. Not that I need an excuse to fill my grill with delicious fajitas, stuffed poblanos, and tacos, but given one, I go with it and then some. I get so excited that I find myself trying out new recipes for Cinco de Mayo most of the month of April. This year it's turning out that I'm all about the torta, which mixes both my love for making sandwiches on the grill with fresh and spicy Tex-Mex flavors, exemplified in these grill-pressed chorizo tortas.

Read more and get recipe >>