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In my last post, I reminisced on how my past picky eating habits led me to a love of Vietnamese barbecue beef—it was the only thing that sounded non-frightening to me at my first Vietnamese dining experience. I also found humor in that my old self wouldn't venture past that singular item once I deemed it an appropriate fit for my palette. In contrast, this week I'm finding another Vietnamese item as example of the distance I still have yet to go to become the ideal eater I wish I was, because while I cooked up these grilled bananas wrapped in sticky rice, they represented food aversions I'm still not able to shake.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Fruit Asian Vietnamese http://www.meatwave.com/blog/vietnamese-grilled-banana-wrapped-in-sticky-rice-recipe
Vietnamese Barbecue Beef http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vietnamese-barbecue-beef-rolls-recipe Joshua Bousel Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

When I arrived in New York for college, my diet pretty much consisted of various forms of fried chicken and pizza. To say I was a picky, not adventurous eater is a bit of an understatement, and, more-or-less, I was able to keep my horizons from expanding during my tenure as a student. The one big exception was when my Vietnamese roommate wanted to head to Chinatown for some of his own comfort food. Me being who I was, I gravitated to the one thing on the menu that sounded familiar and non-threatening—barbecue beef over white rice—and that's what I ordered year after year every time we ended up at this spot. Since then I've obviously expanded my palate and other items have replaced this once mainstay for me, but I recently had a hankering for it and since I'm no longer located in New York, it was up to me to recreate it the best I could.

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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Steak Vietnamese Asian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vietnamese-barbecue-beef-rolls-recipe
Sauced: Heinz Carolina BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-carolina-vinegar-style-tangy-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Heinz Carolina BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

A tomato base is given a hearty portion vinegar and pepper to give this sauce a tangy North Carolina-tilt.

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-carolina-vinegar-style-tangy-bbq-sauce-review
Grilled Cabbage with Chili-lime Dressing http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cabbage-with-chili-lime-dressing-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Cabbage with Chili-Lime Dressing

My mind almost exploded when I saw shelves begin to be lined with Halloween candy and decorations at the end of August—seriously, too soon...it was still damn hot, damn humid, and back-to-school season wasn't even over. Now that we're entering mid-September, I've finally found expectance though, but our current spat of ideal 80 degree days also doesn't have me letting go of summer quite yet. As an ode to this hybrid summer-fall time we have going on, I'm busting out this very fitting recipe for grilled cabbage with chili-lime dressing.

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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Vegetables Vegetarian Recipes Grilling http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cabbage-with-chili-lime-dressing-recipe
Szechuan Green Beans http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-szechuan-green-beans-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 08 Sep 2016 11:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Vegetables Sides Asian Chinese http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-szechuan-green-beans-recipe
Sauced: Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy & Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/joe-joes-hog-shack-sweet-n-tangy-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

Quality ingredients that combine into a standard barbecue profile with a little extra tang and heat make Joe Joe's Hog Shack Sweet n' Tangy a sauce that will serve your grilled and smoked meats well.

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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/joe-joes-hog-shack-sweet-n-tangy-barbecue-sauce-review
Venezuelan Chicken Pepito http://www.meatwave.com/blog/venezuelan-grilled-chicken-pepito-sandwich-recipe Joshua Bousel Chicken Pepito

When planning out a Meatwave menu, the hardest thing is often figuring out what not to cook. Once I get a theme in my head, I usually spin off one recipe idea after another, and variations within those too. It's my wife who keeps me in check, making sure I'm not going overboard on the food and ambition which, if left to my own devices, can easily turn a pleasant afternoon cookout into a work-a-thon for me with contentious outcomes due to overspending and over producing.

Sometimes I just can't help myself though from sneaking in more than I settled on. This chicken pepito serves as a great example—I had decided to make a steak version of this Venezuelan sandwich already, but while grocery shopping I thought, all I need to pick up to make a different variation is a package of low cost chicken thighs, and went ahead and did it. Yes, we had too much food in the end. Yes, everyone would have been totally content with just the steak sandwich, but the chicken was so good and different, I have no regrets.

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Chicken Sandwiches Venezuelan http://www.meatwave.com/blog/venezuelan-grilled-chicken-pepito-sandwich-recipe
Szechuan-spiced Smoked and Fried Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/szechuan-spiced-smoked-and-fried-pork-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Szechuan-spiced Smoked and Fried Ribs

I spend the majority of my year thinking up new or unique recipes to keep this blog at least somewhat fresh, even as I'm close to entering my tenth year of writing. This can be a bit of challenge though when I often just crave the backyard classics such as chicken, ribs, burgers, etc. So I use major grilling holidays like Memorial and Labor Day as an excuse to go with the tried and true standards, but for those unlike me, who may actually only grill or smoke on those holidays and are looking for something different that will impress, do I have a rib recipe here that's anything but usual—these Szechuan-spiced smoked and fried ribs take some American barbecue tradition and marry it with a mouth-numbing Chinese spice.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Barbecue Pork Ribs Asian Chinese http://www.meatwave.com/blog/szechuan-spiced-smoked-and-fried-pork-ribs-recipe
Sauced: Sam Dillard's Bar-B-Q http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sam-dillards-bar-b-q-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Sam Dillard's Bar-B-Q Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

A heavy does of turmeric gives this Carolina-style vinegar sauce a mustard-y tilt that's best enjoyed out of the jar where a littler sweetness and nice hit of heat give the sauce a really unique character.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sam-dillards-bar-b-q-sauce-review
Arepa Guyanesa Tropical http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-venezuelan-arepas-with-sweet-plantains-avocado-and-queso-blanco Joshua Bousel Guyanese Tropical Arepa

I can't say that I've evert been upset about not having a vegetarian option until the day I tried to order one of my favorite arepas from back in New York at one of the arepa joints here in Durham. The arepa in question is dubbed the "Guyanesa Tropical" by Arepas Cafe in Astoria and consists of sweet plantains, fresh avocado slices, and white cheese—a simple, yet highly effective combo. Having a hankering for one of these arepas, I went to a local Venezuelan spot and noticed that, while they didn't have this exact mix of ingredients on the menu, all could be found in other creations, so decided to try order exactly what I was craving.

I had no idea what type of confusion this would lead to with our server—"So you want an arepa without meat?"—but after a few minutes of back-and-forth, I got to something close enough by ordering a steak-stuffed areapa, minus the steak, plus plantains. I couldn't help but feel guilty when, after forcing a custom order, what came out fell pretty short of expectations, and decided that the best course of action would be for me to learn how to make a Guyanesa Tropical at home as best as possible.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Venezuelan Vegetarian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-venezuelan-arepas-with-sweet-plantains-avocado-and-queso-blanco