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

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Thu Feb 2, 2017

ABTs

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ABTs

So The Meatwave's month long dedication to wings is now sadly over, but I'm not ready to move off party foods quite yet, especially with the Super Bowl coming up this weekend. Right behind my favorites of wings and mozzarella sticks in the finger foods category, are jalapeño poppers. These bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed peppers have been a go-to of mine for just about any type of celebration throughout the years. I've inevitably worked through many variations as well, like wrapping with sausage instead of bacon, doing an Italian take, and planking stuffed peppadews. One version of poppers I've always been aware of, but never tried myself, are ABTs—atomic buffalo turds—which throw a cocktail frank into the fold to make a snack infinitely more enjoyable than the name lets on.

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Thu Dec 8, 2016

Barbecue Beans

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Barbecue Beans

Barbecue beans have been a staple at The Meatwave pretty much since its inception. Since then, I've relied on two recipes to serve me well throughout the years—Alton Brown's Once and Future Bean and Mike Mills' Tangy Pit Beans. The recipes are radically different, one begins with dried beans and requires almost a day from start to finish, while the other utilizes canned beans and can be completed in just over an hour. Both have their own unique qualities, and while either recipe stands up against almost every side of beans I've gotten in a barbecue joint, neither really represents my most ideal barbecue bean. So how to solve that? Make my own recipe!

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Thu Nov 10, 2016

Crisp Roasted New Potatoes

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Crisp Grill-Roasted New Potatoes

I'm a visual person, so it takes a photo to really draw me into a recipe—it's rare for me to be compelled by a book or article lacking an accompanying glamour shot of the finished dish. It's an image that usually sticks in my brain, and while this recipe on Serious Eats of crispy roasted new potatoes was posted a couple years ago, the intoxicating photo of intensely wrinkled little potatoes never left my mind after I first saw it. So it might have taken me a while to finally get to cooking it, but without that photo, I likely would have never tried this excellent method for making potatoes.

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Thu Sep 8, 2016

Szechuan Green Beans

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Szechuan Green Beans

I just returned home from a long weekend in Houston, and while you may think my trips down to Texas are all about barbecue—smoked beef was definitely on the agenda—it's actually veered more towards Asian cuisine. One thing I do miss after leaving New York is the ample amount of truly excellent Asian options, so that tends to top my list of must-eats whenever I'm in an region that excels in that area, Houston being one of the them. This lack of everyday availability of items I truly love has driven a bigger desire to learn how to cook my favorite dishes at home, and Szechuan green beans is no-brainer place to start—it's one of the items my wife and I also always order.

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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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