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

Vegetarian

Thu Sep 21, 2017

Barbecue Portobello Burgers

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Barbecue Portobello Burgers

After scoring a win with barbecue tofu—which just further went to prove that most anything can be made better with barbecue—I decided to take a chance on a repeat vegetarian success, but this time using portobello mushrooms. I've always been told, but have never quite been sold on the idea that portobellos are "meaty," which really just speaks to their heartiness more than flavor or texture in my opinion. That notion though led me to treat these mushrooms as "burgers," and one of my favorite burger topping combinations is grilled onions, cheddar, and barbecue sauce, so that was exactly how I served these up.

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Thu Sep 7, 2017

Grilled Falafel Pitas

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Grilled Falafel

It took me a long time to get into falafel. Even when I was living in Israel and traveling around the Middle East, I rarely ate these chickpea fritters, always opting for what I saw as a far superior option—shawarma. It's only been the last ten or so years that I've partaken in moderate falafel consumption, and while I'm more favorable to it on the whole now, whenever I see the bright green, herb-loaded versions, I'm all in. This type of falafel is true magic, packing immense flavor on top of that already irresistible exterior crunch. So when I was putting together a meatball-themed Meatwave earlier this year and was considering what a proper vegetarian option may be, this style of falafel quickly popped into my mind and I went with it.

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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 Aug 10, 2017

Grilled Panzanella Salad

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Grilled Panzanella

There's an episode of King of the Hill where Bobby is waxing poetics about the flavor of his organic, co-op purchased tomato, which leads to a lecturing return from Hank on how tomatoes don't have any flavor, only to be left speechless himself after one bite of what we can only assume is the sweet, savory flavor of a really great tomato. When that episode first aired, I knew exactly what Hank was experiencing—I had thought tomatoes were nothing more than mealy, tasteless orbs my whole life, until one bite of an in-season tomato from my CSA many, many years ago let me know how wrong I was. Now I can't wait for tomato season every year, and when it hits, I make sure to get my fill of them from the farmer's market and restaurants, eating up as many as possible while they're in their prime. Last summer, as part of my tomato fix, I decided to try out a recipe from Serious Eats for a panzanella salad, and the results were so outstanding that the wait for another tomato season to make it again was excruciating, but it finally came, and this year I changed things up a bit to work in the grill, and I think it only made it all the better.

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Thu Jul 6, 2017

Jerk Tofu Sliders with Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa

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Jerk Tofu Sliders

So now that I've ventured to the dark side and brought the likes of tofu to these hallowed grounds—and surprisingly didn't hate it—I'm digging in and going deeper. It's not that I'm in a position that I'd choose the tofu over almost anything else, but it is a new medium for me, and with a growing number of friends who apparently have never heard of the food chain, tofu provides a blank slate that I can apply past successes to. In a way, tofu is a lot like chicken in that respect, and so it's apt that my first recipe was for "barbecue" tofu, and now my second is for jerk tofu.

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