The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2014 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Meat Tips: Gauging the Heat http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-tell-the-temperature-of-a-grill-without-a-thermometer Joshua Bousel Grilling Guide

Continuing on the trend of dispersing some grilling basics over this summer, after finding the best coal arrangement for your cook, the next biggest thing is getting to know how hot your fire is and how to control it. Different foods like different heats—while a steak will appreciate a nice searing heat, over the same fire a chicken will quickly burn to a crisp before it ever has the chance to cook—so gauging your fire's temperature is a crucial step before slamming down some food.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:10:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meat Tips http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-tell-the-temperature-of-a-grill-without-a-thermometer
Moroccan-spiced Meatballs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-moroccan-spiced-meatballs Joshua Bousel Moroccan-spiced Meatballs

Meatballs aren't usually associated with the grill, but they're becoming the meat form of choice for me when I want to do a ground meat creation that brings in influence from other cuisines and cultures. When done with the right consistency, meatballs actually cook incredibly well over a live fire and are so quick to make and versatile, they've served me well again and again in many variations, including: Greek, barbecue, Italian, and now, Moroccan.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Moroccan Lamb Beef Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-moroccan-spiced-meatballs
Sauced: Sugar Britches BBQ Sauce & Glaze http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sugar-britches-bbq-sauce-and-glaze-review Joshua Bousel Sugar Britches BBQ Sauce & Glaze

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

Using molasses to a fault, Sugar Britches comes off as one-note and is missing the other layers of barbecue sauce flavor needed to add depth and balance out the heavy hand of molasses.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sugar-britches-bbq-sauce-and-glaze-review
Moroccan Chicken Brouchettes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-moroccan-chicken-brouchettes-skewers Joshua Bousel DSC_0609

Continuing on the Moroccan road I'm treading this month, I was looking for short cut to bring me another North African dish without the amount of work I had to put in for merguez or the resulting sandwiches. That path led me to these chicken brochettes (otherwise known as skewers). Just about every culture has their own variation of meat on a stick, and I can attest that these little cubes of marinated chicken just went to further prove why that tradition is one that will never die.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Moroccan Chicken Recipes Kebabs Skewers Grilling http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-moroccan-chicken-brouchettes-skewers
Meatadata http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meatadata Joshua Bousel Meatadata

The last Meatwave was epic—44 people, 30 burgers, 9 racks of ribs, 4 chickens, 5 coleslaws, 2 barbecues beans, and 2 ice creams. It was a crap load of work and hell of a lot of fun, but I was hoping for something a little more laid back for the next installment, and I got just that. With a more intimate crowd, I grilled up a bunch of meaty delights influenced from the heavily Greek neighborhood that I live in. It's been a while since I've done a Greek menu, but each time I do it, the food always seems perfectly suited for the summer—always fresh, bright, and just filling enough to leave you satisfied without that overly gluttonous feeling the Meatwave usually brings on.

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meatadata
Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-merguez-sandwiches-with-caramelized-onions-manchego-and-harissa-mayonnaise-recipe Joshua Bousel Meatroccan Nights

I was pretty damn proud of myself that I pulled off making merguez at home. I thought I hit a high point in my exploration into Moroccan-influenced grilling with those links, but then I took those little sausages and put them between a toasted baguette, added some caramelized onions, cilantro, Manchego, and harissa mayo and created one of my favorite things I've ever grilled.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Lamb Sausage Grilling Sandwiches Recipes Moroccan http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-merguez-sandwiches-with-caramelized-onions-manchego-and-harissa-mayonnaise-recipe
Sauced: Absolutely Perfect Blue Ribbon St. Louis BBQ Sauce Plus Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/absolutely-perfect-championship-blue-ribbon-st.-louis-bbq-sauce-review-plus-giveaway Joshua Bousel Absolutely Perfect Championship Blue Ribbon St. Louis BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 9 out of 10

Calling a sauce "Absolutely Perfect Blue Ribbon" takes a whole lot of confidence, and luckily this sauce lives up to its name with an incredibly well balanced bright and tangy all-purpose barbecue sauce flavor.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:10:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/absolutely-perfect-championship-blue-ribbon-st.-louis-bbq-sauce-review-plus-giveaway
Homemade Merguez http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-grilled-moroccan-spicy-lamb-merguez-sausage-recipe Joshua Bousel Meatroccan Nights

There can't be a bad Meatwave—as long as I'm with my friend and grilling, I'm happy—but some certainly stand out as true achievements. One of those was last summer's Meatroccan Nights, where I decided to do an entirely Moroccan-themed menu that spanned eight different recipes. I tend to overdue the amount of recipes I tackle each time I have an audience, but that's part of the game, especially considering they won't all be winners. On that day last June though, each thing I pulled off the grill just seemed better than the last, and by the end of the day I remember feeling very accomplished and proud of what had just transpired. So to relive one of my prouder grilling moments, I'm dedicating the entire month of July to the Moroccan-influenced recipes from that day, beginning with the one that sparked the idea in the first place—merguez.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Lamb Sausage Moroccan Grilling Recipe http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-grilled-moroccan-spicy-lamb-merguez-sausage-recipe
Grilled Lobster with Lemon-Shallot Butter http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-lobster-with-lemon-shallot-butter-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Lobster

For all the meat I've gone through over the years, I've yet to ever kill what I eat. The idea doesn't bother me, but I'm a city boy and hunting isn't some dream I feel like I need to fulfill. Not being much of seafood guy either, I've never even experienced probably the easiest of kills to deal with—lobster. That was until last summer when Serious Eats was in the midst of some intense lobster coverage and I decided I wanted in on the action to try my hand at grilling these tasty crustaceans. So I dropped a line to my editor, and before I knew it, a package of lobsters shipped direct from Maine the day before was waiting at my doorstep.

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:45:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Seafood Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-lobster-with-lemon-shallot-butter-recipe
Sauced: Garland Jack's Secret Six Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-original-recipe-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Garland Jack's Secret Six Original Recipe Barbecue Sauce Review

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

Deserving it's "Middle of the Road" badge, this sauce neither impresses or lets you down, it merely delivers a standard barbecue flavor that doesn't do much to go beyond the basics.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:10:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-original-recipe-barbecue-sauce-review