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

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Thu Nov 8, 2018

Old Bay Potato Wedges

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Old Bay Grill Fries

Growing up in close proximity to Maryland meant their hometown Old Bay spice mixture was everywhere. While most equate this regional flavor with crab, my seafood aversion meant it represented something else to me, mainly popcorn and fries. Most all local movie theaters had a bottle of the stuff for shaking on tubs of popcorn, which was really the way I enjoy Old Bay more often than not, while there were numerous french fry shops, usually outposts of joints you find on the shore, that served their fries adorned with Old Bay. This seasoning is so ingrained as part of my personal food history that it felt like there was no way it could be omitted from a Mid-Atlantic influenced menu I served at a recent Meatwave. So it was destined that these Old Bay fries would be served that day and then make their way onto the blog as a result of that.

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Thu May 10, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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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 Feb 8, 2018

Herbed-crusted Grilled Mushrooms

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Herb Crusted Grilled Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such a great side for steak—they're heartiness stands up well against filling steak and their woodsy and earthy quality is a great compliment to intense beefiness. The only problem is that one too many times (once is really too often here), my wife and I have ordered the mushroom in steakhouses only be disappointed with sour, mushy canned mushrooms swimming in a pool of butter and not much else. So when cooking a couple steaks at home recently, I wondered if I were to make some shrooms worthy to sit alongside grilled beef, what would they be? The answer were these herb-crusted grilled mushrooms.

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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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