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

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Thu Jul 28, 2016

Khao Jee (Thai Grilled Sticky Rice with Egg)

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Grilled Sticky Rice

Having been at the grilling game now for going on 13 years, it's rare that I cook up something that surprises anyone—a need for a constant stream of recipes has meant covering a lot of items seemingly not made for the grill. So whenever I come upon a dish that can pique interest and curiosity in that way, it feels a bit exhilarating, returning me to my earlier, more experimental cooking days. This grilled sticky rice was one such item, eliciting some initial confusion that I would be grilling rice, then astonishment when that rice was also coated in egg.

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Thu Jul 14, 2016

Grilled Bok Choy with Honey-soy Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Honey-soy Dressing

Serving both a grilled main and grilled side together can be a delicate balance—trying to get two things done in perfect harmony is tricky at best. So I'm always on the hunt for grilled accompaniments that can be cooked up super quick, say in the time it takes for a piece of steak, chicken, or pork to rest before serving. This grilled bok choy is designed to do just that, and besides being fast, it's also dead simple and really delicious with the equally easy honey-soy dressing.

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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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Tue Nov 3, 2015

Sweet and Moist Northern-Style Cornbread

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Northern-style Cornbread

Back in college, I celebrated a cousin's birthday at the low-cost rotisserie chicken 'n' ribs joint Dallas BBQ. Don't let the name fool you, you won't find old fashioned wood burning pits out back at this New York-based institution—it was the"Texas-sized" frozen margaritas that were our main draw. As the meal came to an end, we requested a cake and candle (little more than an excuse for our inebriated group to sing "Happy Birthday" as loudly and off-key as possible). The waiter promptly returned with a slice of cornbread, topped with whipped cream and a sole lit candle. We all kind of laughed at the "cake," but as we ate it, it didn't feel so out of place.

Their cornbread was sweet, moist, tender, and springy—very much like a cake after all. The namesake corn flavor was there, but not in a way that made a dollop of whipped cream feel out of place. As a Northerner, this was the exact type of cornbread I grew up on.

In my early days of barbecuing, I thought I needed to go for authenticity and started experimenting with Southern-style cornbread for my cookouts. But those denser, drier, and more intensely corn-flavored loaves never sat quite right with me. So I abandoned them pretty quickly and instead fully embraced the Northern-style cornbread that I know and love, in all of its sugary glory.

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Tue Sep 8, 2015

Aioli-and-Pesto Fingerling Potato Salad

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Fingerling Potato Salad

There are some neighborhood restaurants that just feel like home. It'll take some time for me to find that place in my new locale of Durham, but back in Astoria there was no question that Il Bambino played that part in my life. It's a small panini shop that opened a few years after I moved to the neighborhood, and I was instantly enamored of their excellent sandwiches, welcoming owner, and a killer cannellini bean salad with pesto that quickly became my go-to appetizer. The restaurant hasn't changed too much over the years, and while the menu fluctuates just enough to keep things interesting, my main comforts have persisted over time.

It was a sad day though when I came in and saw that the bean salad was not on the menu. In its place was an unassuming fingerling potato salad. I ordered it, skeptical any dish could replace my fondness for the bean salad, but was taken aback with just how amazing it was.

Tender and creamy fingerling potatoes were coated in a truffle aioli, drizzled with the same fresh basil pesto that made the bean salad so magical, sprinkled with sweet and crunchy fried shallots, and generously topped with delicate shavings of sharp and salty pecorino romano. One bite and I'd nearly forgotten about that bean salad.

So, when I was considering what side to bring to my first cookout I was invited to down here in NC, I felt like anything less than this particular combination of ingredients would be selling myself short. It's rather process-heavy as potato salads go, but it's worth every second of it.

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