The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Naan http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-homemade-indian-naan-bread-recipe Joshua Bousel Naan

A few weeks back you could find me waxing poetics on tender and flaky paratha. Yes, I do love that bread, but when it comes down to it, I don't think I've ever had an Indian meal where I wasn't compelled to order naan. This simple, soft bread customarily baked in tandoors—large, super hot clay ovens—is a creature comfort of mine and was rightfully one of the first breads I ever attempted to make at home. I have had a sordid past with bread baking, and previous tries at naan had left me frustrated with lackluster results, but that relationship has been growing more prosperous and I assumed with more know-how under my belt, I'm finally in a position to make an ideal naan.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Bread Indian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-homemade-indian-naan-bread-recipe
Sauced: Kingsford Brown Sugar Applewood Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-brown-sugar-applewood-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Kingsford Brown Sugar Applewood Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

A robust tomato-based barbecue sauce with the molasses and vinegar standard bearers gets an upfront, but natural, smoky character that one-ups the competition of similar supermarket barbecue sauces.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-brown-sugar-applewood-barbecue-sauce-review
French Onion Burgers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/caramelized-french-onion-soup-cheeseburger-recipe Joshua Bousel French Onion Burger

Having a blog where I commit myself to delivering a new recipe every week requires some deep exploration and thinking to keep the content at least somewhat fresh. This mentality sends me on hunts for grilled goodies the world around with no corner too obscure to become fodder for the collection. In this pursuit, I often become blinded to the more common options sitting right in front of my nose, opting for items like Indian kati rolls over more simple things like sandwiches or hot dogs. So when I decided to make my last Meatwave a hamburger affair, at first I resigned myself to that translating to the production of no new recipes, but then I wised up and realized that burgers themselves are a treasure trove of content as my ideas for dressing them up are limitless. So I present to you what comes out of my head when I pivot to the classics done with a touch of Meatwave flare—French onion burgers.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Burgers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/caramelized-french-onion-soup-cheeseburger-recipe
Chili-Rubbed Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-smoked-and-grilled-ribeye-steak-with-cilantro-lime-butter-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter

I commonly exalt the virtues of the (comparatively) inexpensive and intensely beefy cuts of steak like skirt and hanger, and my previous bovine pursuits are documented proof that, more often than not, these are what I eat and develop recipes for. As much as that has held true over the years, I can't deny that given the opportunity, I'd jump on the high-end stuff like porterhouses and ribeyes. Whenever I do though, my characteristic anxiety kicks in and I worry I will inevitably mess up my meat, laying to waste a prime piece of beef. That leads me to take extra caution to ensure that I really make these steaks count, and man, did everything come together with this chili-rubbed smoked ribeye with cilantro-lime butter.

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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Beef Steak http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-smoked-and-grilled-ribeye-steak-with-cilantro-lime-butter-recipe
Sauced: Mrs. Renfro's Ghost Pepper Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mrs.-renfros-ghost-pepper-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Mrs. Renfro's Ghost Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

Out of the jar, this sauce has an overpowering intense burn, but after being cooked, it retains its heat, but comes into balance with the other barbecue components to create a profile that would please any heat seeking barbecue lover.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mrs.-renfros-ghost-pepper-barbecue-sauce-review
Paneer Kati Rolls http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-paneer-cheese-kati-rolls-recipe Joshua Bousel Paneer Kati Roll

You may have noticed an Indian theme over the last few weeks here with a recipe for paneer skewers followed by one for flaky, tender paratha. While both of those stand as greats on their own, the real purpose for why they were developed was to join them together into one of the greatest of snack foods of all time—kati rolls.

A running thread through the Meatwave since I moved to North Carolina has been creating recipes for things I used to enjoy in New York, but can't get regularly anymore, and kati rolls fall into this category. These stuffed and rolled parathas combine all the excellent and intense flavors of Indian food intoa hand held delight, with one roll being able to satisfy a slight hunger, or multiple eaten together to create a meal. I have found similar items in Durham, but for some reason they're always made with naan, which is a tad too filling and doesn't deliver the textural superiority of paratha. Luckily I feel like I nailed those paneer and paratha recipes, which translated to these kati rolls tasting pretty damn near perfect to me.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Cheese Indian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-paneer-cheese-kati-rolls-recipe
Winter Meating http://www.meatwave.com/blog/winter-meating Joshua Bousel Winter Meating

Part of the allure of a move south was an extended Meatwave season. I assumed this meant I could host barbecues starting late March and into November, but I was a bit unprepared for the stray 70 and 80 degree days in the dead of winter. Last winter I had taken on a large freelancing load, so when that beautiful 70-plus day in the middle of February struck, I was sadly chained to my computer, unable to be outside basking in grilled glory. I vowed not to let that happen this year, but when the first really warm weekend of the winter rolled around, I was still in full loaf mode and didn't quit feel like working nights in the kitchen to cook up an elaborate feast. My wife reminded me that not everything I do needs to be so involved and to just go classic with a simple hot dog and hamburger affair, so I took her advise, enlisted my friends, and put together the very first February Meatwave on a beautifully sunny and warm winter day.

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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/winter-meating
Paratha http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-flaky-paratha-bread-recipe Joshua Bousel Paratha

No Indian meal feels complete to me without some form of bread. I tend to opt for buttery, soft naan, but equally delicious are light and airy poori and flaky, layered paratha. I've been on kick of making Chinese scallion pancakes at home lately, and I couldn't help but notice that the interior texture of those layered breads were very similar to paratha. Not only did this make me crave some of that Indian bread, but also made me think I could essentially use the same process as scallion pancakes, just swapping some ingredients, and end up with pretty perfect paratha, so I tried just that.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Bread Indian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-flaky-paratha-bread-recipe
Sauced: Heinz Kansas City BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-kansas-city-sweet-and-smoky-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Heinz Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

This sauce delivers on its sweet and smoky promise while going even deeper with a nice tang, mustard-y bite, and slight heat that puts it a step above the standard bearer supermarket sauce.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-kansas-city-sweet-and-smoky-bbq-sauce-review
Indian-spiced Vegetable and Paneer Skewers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-spiced-vegetable-and-paneer-cheese-kebabs-recipe Joshua Bousel Paneer Kebabs

There's a reason I rely heavily on skewers to feed my guests at a number of Meatwaves—they can be totally prepped beforehand, quickly grilled, and then easily consumed without the need for plates or utensils. My biggest problem with skewers though has been finding a variation for guests who are veggie inclined that can satisfy and fulfill in a way that sticks loaded with meat do. The only ones I've done so far that have meet that requirement were halloumi and veggie skewers, where that salty, squeaky Cypriot cheese added a heartiness that made a couple sticks feel like the start of a satisfying meal. So seeing cheese as a solution to a problem, I upped my veggie-friendly skewer game by taking on an Indian-spiced version featuring some excellent homemade paneer.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetables Vegetarian Cheese Indian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-spiced-vegetable-and-paneer-cheese-kebabs-recipe