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Sandwiches

Thu Sep 28, 2017

Smoked Porchetta Sandwiches

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Smoked Porchetta

When I decided to make smoked porchetta, the impetus was really to have these very specific sandwiches. See, the week prior to that Meatwave I was in Vancouver for a conference and right next to the venue was a sandwich shop I had read about and always wanted to try—Meat & Bread. They're signature item is a sandwich that combines porchetta meat, crackling pork skin, and Italian salsa verde together on a toasty ciabatta roll. Of course, I had to get this while there, and while the sandwich looks and sounds seemingly simple, it was an incredible powerhouse of flavors and textures that left me craving more after finishing the last bite. So what was the best way to get more once 3000 miles away from the restaurant? Make it at home!

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Thu Aug 24, 2017

Grilled Summer Squash Sandwiches

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Summer Squash Sandwiches

The unofficial end of summer is near, and I feel like I haven't properly done the season right without some grilled squash—which is one of my favorite vegetables to cook over the fire. For me, I think the attraction to summer squash is actually its somewhat lack of flavor, which means when it cooks and caramelizes over the hot coals, there's a big transformation in taste that's wholly unique from any other way to prepare this veggie. I most commonly just grill up yellow and green squash and serve as is, but I went a step further this time around made them into these delicious sandwiches that paired the squash with an herbed goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and arugula.

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Thu Jun 22, 2017

Marinated Flank Steak Sandwiches with Charred Onions

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Steak & Onion Sandwich

I used to have a pretty solid hate relationship with steak sandwiches—more than one too many tough, overly chewy specimens soured me on the genre altogether (except for cheesesteaks, because I could never turn my back on a proper cheesesteak). As I learned to cook, I realized that the folly in steak sandwiches was usually improper cooking or slicing, both things easily correctible when playing on my own turf. So now that I've warmed back up to the steak sandwich, the halls of the Meatwave past is filled with prime examples of how to put together an excellent one, and adding one more to that trove are these marinated flank steak sandwiched with provolone and charred onions.

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Thu Jun 1, 2017

MOINK Ball Heroes

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MOINK Ball Heroes

So I did the barbecue competition thing, and while it was tons of fun, it was also expensive (unless you're winning a lot), exhausting, and ate into vacation days. I learned a lot in the couple summers I cooked competitively, but ultimately decided to focus my efforts more on home cooking. This year I'm having a hankering to get back into competitions again though. One reason is it'll just be a whole lot easier out of North Carolina—no more dragging smokers down stairs or pulling canopies out of a storage unit—and I also have something I was missing previously, friends who can easily join up for the fun (a lack of cars was a persistent issue in New York). Pondering re-upping in competition brought thoughts MOINK balls back into my mind. These beef meatballs wrapped in bacon are a pitmaster favorite and can be a common snack around competitions, and for all the times I've had them, I realized I had never seen them in sandwich form, so jumped on the idea to create these MOINK ball heroes.

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Thu Oct 6, 2016

Grilled Cheese with Butternut Squash, Ricotta, Parmesan, Fontina, and Sage

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Grilled Cheese with Butternut Squash

The brutal heat made summer feel like forever this year, but the tides are finally changing and shorter days and a chill in the air has me craving the backbone of my fall diet—orange veggies. Sweet potatoes are my go-to, but butternut squash plays an import back-up roll when I'm craving sweet, long roasted vegetables that have the taste of seasonal comfort. I'll cook them every which way—as soups, salads, pasta sauces, etc.—but this time around I went for a new idea—stuffing some seriously delicious grilled cheese with grill-roasted butternut squash.

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