The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2014 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Sauced: Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-original-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A bright and fresh flavor that brings in an excellent balance between sweet, tangy, and spicy makes Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce a great all around choice suited for almost any barbecue or grilling need.

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-original-barbecue-sauce-review
Coke and Pineapple Glazed Ham http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-coke-and-pineapple-glazed-ham-recipe Joshua Bousel Coke and Pineapple Glazed City Ham

I'm a ham fiend, but this sweet swine is usually relegated to a once-a-year occasion, when it takes center stage at my in-laws Christmas party. In that one night, I bask in the ecstasy of the cured and smoked meat, stuffing myself well beyond reason.

While I'm pretty well versed in ham consumption, when I was plotting to prepare one myself last fall, I realized that my experience cooking it was limited to a single prior attempt. Although it's a seemingly simple prospect—hell, the thing is already cooked—I learned that the devil is in the details and decided to do a test run, which led to this amazing Coke-and pineapple-glazed ham.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-coke-and-pineapple-glazed-ham-recipe
Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spinach-and-mushroom-stuffed-beef-tenderloin Joshua Bousel Mushroom & Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

A grand holiday like Christmas requires a fitting centerpiece on the table, and the enormity and richness of a large slab of beef seems an apt player for that role. For a special occasion such as this, I'd probably shell out for an incredibly flavorful rib roast, give it a lot of salt and pepper, roast it on the grill until medium-rare, serve, and then take my seat behind Santa in delivering some joy to the day.

Partly because that seemed too easy, and partly because a straightforward rib roast is covered territory, I wanted to take on a more involved beef project for my Christmas main, which is how I came to make this spinach and mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Beef Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spinach-and-mushroom-stuffed-beef-tenderloin
Sauced: Kansas City's Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kansas-citys-cowtown-bar-b-q-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce delivers all the ubiquitous barbecue flavors—sweet molasses, tangy vinegar, fruity tomato, and a light smokiness—in a robust, but balanced manner that makes it a great all-purpose sauce for your grilling and barbecue needs.

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kansas-citys-cowtown-bar-b-q-sauce-review
Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-sweet-potato-wedges-recipe Joshua Bousel Sweet Potato Wedges

I'm all about the sweet potato all fall and winter. There's rarely a hearty main I wouldn't pair up with the sweet velvety innards of these orange tubers, which bring instant comfort to me. Although I've done plenty of sweet potato recipes on the grill, I've never quite gotten them to the same point of perfection over the flames as I have in the oven. I thought it was about time I gave the sweet potato the attention it deserves, making it as great as it can be in wedge form on the grill.

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Vegetables Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-sweet-potato-wedges-recipe
Thanksgiving Leftover Panini http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grill-pressed-thanksgiving-leftover-panini-recipe Joshua Bousel Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

Leftovers aren't my thing. While I watch a barrage of Facebook friends post their Thanksgiving meals eaten again and again in the days following the holiday, I can usual stomach those reheated, suboptimal pieces of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce maybe once, preferably never. Feeding a family of only six, an assload (it's a technical term) of leftovers is a reality though, so I'm in search of ways to transform them into something I would want to eat in order to avoid what shouldn't be inevitable waste. I've found as least one answer to this problem by way of a Thanksgiving leftover panini.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Thanksgiving Sandwiches Grilling Recipes Turkey http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grill-pressed-thanksgiving-leftover-panini-recipe
Sauced: Arthur Bryant's Original Barbeque Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/arthur-bryants-original-barbeque-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Arthur Bryant's Original Barbeque Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 3 out of 10

A barrage of spices give this sauce an earthy and spicy flavor that's overly tart, crying out for sugar to bring a cohesiveness to the off balance.

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Cornbread Stuffing http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-bacon-wrapped-turkey-breast-with-cornbread-stuffing-recipe Joshua Bousel It's Not You, It's Meat

The first Thanksgiving my wife (then girlfriend) spent with my family, her mother asked if she could send us a holiday ham as a gift. My wife was left explaining that it might not be most appropriate present for a Jewish family, thus beginning the tradition of a lovely in-law-provided floral centerpiece on our Thanksgiving table.

Oh, how I wished things went differently, though.

I have an insatiable appetite for ham, and knowing that those flowers could have just as easily been a beautiful, sweet city ham gnaws at me each successive holiday. We've long since given up keeping kosher and I've been waiting for the right time to introduce the idea of a ham instead of a bird. Well, it turned out that last year was finally when it happened. The only problem? The murmur of an absentee turkey didn't elate everyone to the same degree, so I was left trying to find the right scaled-down version of turkey to satisfy everyone at the table.

Given the circumstances, a bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast may seem a little counterintuitive, but it hit a lot of the right notes—it was small, brought in the cornbread stuffing that was also going to to go missing, and was pretty much guaranteed to be delicious, and I wasn't left disappointed.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-bacon-wrapped-turkey-breast-with-cornbread-stuffing-recipe
Pimento Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-pimento-cheese-twice-baked-potatoes-recipe Joshua Bousel Pimento Cheese Twice-baked Potatoes

It was a gradual, creeping change. Year by year, one by one, I took over every dish of the Thanksgiving dinner, save the out of season asparagus my Mother insists on. At this point, I've settled into a menu that adorns the holiday table each year, a series of dishes I think of as family tradition. So it came as some surprise when there was a request to alter this comforting and familiar spread into something new last year.

Being a man of tradition, it came with a little trepidation that sweet glazed ham replaced the roast turkey, macaroni and cheese took the place of the cornbread and sausage stuffing, and Brussels sprouts with bacon stood in for my green bean casserole. When I asked what we should do instead of mashed potatoes, my sister made it explicitly clear that those were to go nowhere. Still, I couldn't help but wonder what would be an appropriate starchy side that would go with the new meal that was taking shape, and thought these pimento cheese twice-baked potatoes would fit in seemlessly.

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Cheese Vegetables Vegetarian Thanksgiving http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-pimento-cheese-twice-baked-potatoes-recipe
Sauced: Blues Hog Smokey Mountain Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/blues-hog-smokey-mountain-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Blues Hog Smokey Mountain Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

Delivering the great sweet, tangy, and fruity balance of the original Blues Hog with added depth by way of smoke and spice, Smokey Mountain Sauce has a whole lot of good going on.

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/blues-hog-smokey-mountain-barbecue-sauce-review