The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Scallion Pancake Beef Rolls http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-scallion-pancake-beef-rolls-recipe Joshua Bousel Scallion Pancake Beef Rolls

What restaurant stops seating 45 minutes before closing? Well, if you're in Vancouver, the answer is just about all of them. After attending the usual equally awkward and fun conference party while in the Canadian city over the summer, my co-worker and I hightailed it to grab some soup dumplings at Dinesty Dumpling House, where I was also intrigued by a scallion pancake beef roll I had seen photos of. Arriving over thirty minutes before closing, we were informed seating was closed for the night, so we disappointingly made our way down Robson street, stopping at more restaurants of interest, only to be informed none would seat us, even though some of their closing times were above 45 minutes away. As we wondered what the hell was wrong with this city, we finally found a late night spot that could placate our hunger, but not in the way those Chinese goodies would have. I haven't forgotten that night, nor my desire for that beef roll, so decided I needed to make it for myself.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Asian Chinese Bread http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-scallion-pancake-beef-rolls-recipe
Meat and You, and You and Meat http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meat-and-you-and-you-and-meat Joshua Bousel Meat and You, and You and Meat

I was in Chicago a couple weekends ago, staying with past die-hard Meatwavers Lindsay and Brandon, and they asked how things have changed with the cookouts since moving to North Carolina. Mainly I think about how we've shifted the season to happen more during spring and fall rather than summer, have more vegetarians, and already have a regular crowd size that took many, many years to build up in New York. My wife had a different answer though, she sees me going more all out in Durham than I ever did before, and I never really stopped to consider that. Putting together this recap post though, it proves to be very true—where I used to try to get three or four new recipes out of a Meatwave, this one clocked in with eight dishes that I can share on the blog, and past events tell similar stories. So without further ado, I present to you the massive spread we had going on at this Chinese-inspired feast.

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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave Asian Chinese http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meat-and-you-and-you-and-meat
Scallion Pancakes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-crispy-and-flaky-chinese-scallion-pancakes-recipe Joshua Bousel Scallion Pancakes

One day last fall I got up from working, only realizing that it was now well into the evening and my intent focus had left me hungry and with little energy to either go out or make anything elaborate for dinner. Well, making anything was kind of a moot point as there was little in the house, but after scouring the shelves, I found that the few ingredients required for scallion pancakes were available—flour, water, scallions, and sesame oil. I had never made these crisp Chinese bread appetizers/snacks before, but I love ordering them and knew I'd be pretty assured of making great ones if I followed the recipe by Kenji on Serious Eats. So I did just that and came out with some of the best scallion pancakes I've had, and ever since that fateful night, they've become a regular part of my repertoire, so much so that I figured I should bring them to a grill to help round out the menu at a recent Meatwave.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Bread Chinese Asian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-crispy-and-flaky-chinese-scallion-pancakes-recipe
Sauced: Mike D's BBQ Big Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mike-ds-bbq-big-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Mike D's BBQ Big Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

An excellent array of spices, sweetness, tang, and spice make Mike D's Big Sauce a powerhouse out of the jar.

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mike-ds-bbq-big-sauce-review
Smoked Porchetta Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/italian-smoked-porchetta-sandwiches-with-salsa-verde-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Porchetta

When I decided to make smoked porchetta, the impetus was really to have these very specific sandwiches. See, the week prior to that Meatwave I was in Vancouver for a conference and right next to the venue was a sandwich shop I had read about and always wanted to try—Meat & Bread. They're signature item is a sandwich that combines porchetta meat, crackling pork skin, and Italian salsa verde together on a toasty ciabatta roll. Of course, I had to get this while there, and while the sandwich looks and sounds seemingly simple, it was an incredible powerhouse of flavors and textures that left me craving more after finishing the last bite. So what was the best way to get more once 3000 miles away from the restaurant? Make it at home!

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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Grilling Rotisserie Italian Pork Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/italian-smoked-porchetta-sandwiches-with-salsa-verde-recipe
Barbecue Portobello Burgers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-portobello-mushroom-burgers-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 21 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Mushrooms Barbecue http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-portobello-mushroom-burgers-recipe
Sauced: Kingsford Smoked Hickory http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-smoked-hickory-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Kingsford Smoked Hickory

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

Bold flavors with a strong smokiness puts this Kingsford product in the family of common supermarket barbecue sauces, which is isn't bad, but it doesn't makes it rise up among a crowded field.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-smoked-hickory-barbecue-sauce-review
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-buffalo-chicken-meatball-sliders-recipe Joshua Bousel Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I keep a Google Doc of recipe ideas where I can quickly jot down thoughts during moments of inspiration, which I then organize into themed Meatwaves as the list grows. For as long as that document has existed, Buffalo chicken meatballs has been on it. It's something I've had a hankering to do for a very long time, but it's also well treaded territory around other food blogs and I've let that fact influence my decision not to make them in and effort to be somewhat innovative and not another platform for repetition. I finally just said screw it though, and during a meatball-themed Meatwave, Buffalo chicken meatballs seemed too good not to make, and the only thing I regret is not doing them sooner.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Chicken Grilling Recipes Meatballs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-buffalo-chicken-meatball-sliders-recipe
Grilled Falafel Pitas http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-falafel-pitas-with-israeli-salad-and-tahini-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 07 Sep 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Middle Eastern http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-falafel-pitas-with-israeli-salad-and-tahini-sauce-recipe
Sauced: Mr. Troy's Carolina Collision http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mr.-troys-carolina-collision-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Mr. Troy's Carolina Collision

Meatwave Rating: 9 out of 10

A bright, clean flavor that strikes a perfect balance between sweet, heat, and tang with a bit of extra barbecue complexity, all combine to make this sauce a real winner.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mr.-troys-carolina-collision-barbecue-sauce-review