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If you follow the Meatwave, you know by know that I don't hold back at my cookouts. Each one I host is an excuse to make as many new recipes as possible, usually outputting six to eight unique dishes each time. Guests, understandably, want to a try a little of everything, which keeps me focused on items that can be consumed, or at least divided up into, in small sampling portions. For that reason, dishes that can't be made smaller often don't make the menu, and even if they do, I know going in they may not get eaten because the increased stomach space they require make them undesirable within the larger feast. So it was with some reservation that I decided to throw this whole chicken with herbs, lemon, and sumac into an already overcrowded menu, but then realized I was onto something good when the entire plate disappeared.

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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Chicken http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-chicken-with-lemon-herbs-and-sumac-recipe
Pulled Pork Fries http://www.meatwave.com/blog/beef-tallow-shoestring-french-fries-with-pulled-pork-cheddar-and-barbecue-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Pulled Pork Fries

My kitchen is stocked to the point where I really don't need to add anything to accomplish just about any task I want to. This can be frustrating for someone who likes new toys like myself, and it's really just a waiting game until something breaks or outlives its usefulness to be able to replace it and be able to purchase new and improved model. This happened recently to my old mandoline, whose feet broke off in a way that was not fixable and rendered it unsafe for use. That mandoline put in about 10 years of great service, but the thought of replacing it left me more excited for the new than sad about the lost of the past. I went straight into research mode and after some time, settled on an OXO brand mandoline that seemed to strike the perfect balance of features, positive reviews, and value and went out and bought it post haste. One of those new features for me was a shoestring slicing option, and it didn't take me too long to make use of it when I decided I needed these pulled pork fries in my life.

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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/beef-tallow-shoestring-french-fries-with-pulled-pork-cheddar-and-barbecue-sauce-recipe
Sauced: Buxton Hall Gold BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/buxton-hall-gold-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Buxton Hall Gold BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

This sauce's minimalism let's the pungency and tartness of yellow mustard do most of the work, while just some honey, Worcestershire, and pepper add the complimentary barbecue notes.

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/buxton-hall-gold-bbq-sauce-review
Cherry-chipotle Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-cherry-chipotle-barbecue-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Cherry-chipotle Barbecue Sauce

To date, I've shared almost everything I've made—at least all recipes worthy of sharing—just as I made them so you can hopefully grill and smoke up dishes that come out exactly how they did for me. The only thing I've held back on are my exact recipes for the sauces and I rubs I used in competition, and at one point, even considered bottling and selling. I have not done any comps in a long time and have no plans to sell my stuff, so I don't really see a reason to guard these few recipes any longer. So to release one such item from the vault, I decided to share my cherry-chipotle barbecue sauce, which is a sauce that's equally delicious and unique, making it something you likely won't find on grocery shelves and should definitely try out at home.

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Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauce Barbecue Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-cherry-chipotle-barbecue-sauce-recipe
Chicken Shawarma http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-middle-eastern-chicken-shawarma-pitas-recipe Joshua Bousel Chicken Shawarma

I did a stint studying abroad in Tel Aviv, and during that time, shawarma was the most consistent item in my diet—it was common for it to be my lunch or dinner many, many times a week. This built an unwavering love for this spiced meat usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then stuffed into pitas with a multitude of toppings. I've tried shawarma at home before, but my use of lean turkey breast didn't render the glistening, fatty output that's one reason this stuff is so delicious. So it was kind of a no brainer to give shawarma another shot at a Middle Eastern-themed Meatwave I threw earlier this month, and this time, I it fared much better.

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Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Chicken Middle Eastern http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-middle-eastern-chicken-shawarma-pitas-recipe
Sauced: King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kings-hawaiian-smoked-bacon-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel King's Hawaiian Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

A pairing of super sweet ketchup and smoky and meaty bacon output a sauce that suffers from a bit of a personality disorder.

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Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kings-hawaiian-smoked-bacon-bbq-sauce-review
Grilled Polenta with Fresh Tomatoes and Italian Salsa Verde http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-polenta-with-fresh-tomatoes-and-italian-salsa-verde-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Polenta with Tomatoes and Salsa Verde

If you go through the Meatwave archives, I bet you'll find a post each year around this time the exults the arrival of tomato season. It's hard for me to understate just how much I love the two or three months a years when the farmer's market tables overflow with tomatoes that are all incredibly sweet and juicy, and during this period, I try to cook with tomatoes as much as possible. This recipe for grilled polenta with fresh tomatoes and Italian salsa verde was really born out of the desire to find another excuse to use tomatoes at the start of the season, but also represented a chance to fix a grilled polenta recipe I worked on about five years ago that didn't really turn out quite right.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:40:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Italian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-polenta-with-fresh-tomatoes-and-italian-salsa-verde-recipe
Meatle Eastern http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meatle-eastern Joshua Bousel Meatle Eastern

Since moving to Durham, I've adjusted the Meatwave schedule to mostly happen in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, because let's face it, it's just too damn hot and humid for it to be pleasant to sit outside for hours on end in the dead of summer here. This year I got tripped up though by some unusually cold and wet early spring months that made me fall behind in my ambitious meat-related plans, so to make up for lost time, I decided I needed to continue hosting no matter what the weather was. This led me to implementing some new Meatwave features to beat the heat, along with devising a menu of Middle Eastern-influenced food that would be fitting for the scorching weather.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meatle-eastern
Grilled Skirt Steak Ssam http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-korean-skirt-steak-ssam-lettuce-wraps Joshua Bousel Skirt Steak Ssam

Skirt, flank, and hanger are my personal trifecta of favorite steaks. While I eat skirt and flank fairly regularly due to their easy procurement, hanger tends to be a special occasion type of thing. It's actually been a couple years since I last cooked a hanger, leaving me with an ever increasing desire to grill one up and decided that using Momofuku's hanger steak ssam recipe at my Korean-themed Meatwave would be the perfect occasion to get some of this delicious, beefy steak back into my life. That proved easier said than done as no local shop had any hangers in stock, and I was too late to place a special order. So a bit disappointed, but not defeated, I kept chugging along with the idea, but just swapped the fairly similar skirt steak in place, and really, at the end of the day, when the beef was made into lettuce wraps with a variety of toppings, the difference between skirt and hanger probably would have been pretty indistinguishable.

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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Steak Beef Asian Korean http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-korean-skirt-steak-ssam-lettuce-wraps
Sauced: Traeger Sweet & Heat http://www.meatwave.com/blog/traeger-sweet-and-heat-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Traeger Sweet & Heat

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A well balanced sweet and spicy sauce, with enough layers of complexity to make each bite interesting, makes this an excellent all-purpose selection.

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/traeger-sweet-and-heat-bbq-sauce-review