The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2016 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Sweet and Sticky Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sweet-and-sticky-smoked-and-fried-hoisin-glazed-pork-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked and Fried Hoisin-glazed Ribs

When it comes to barbecuing, ribs are by far my go-to item. This certainly shows with ribs racking up sixteen unique recipes so far, while other common slow smoked items like pork butts or briskets only have a couple each. This has certainly bred a consistancy in my rib production, but at the same time, also a monotony. In thinking of ways to continue to build pork rib excellence and break repetition at the same time, I though why not try something completely new—smoke, and then fry my ribs. Turns out that was a pretty sweet idea, and these sweet and sticky hoisin-glazed ribs are just one of two prime examples so far.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Frying Asian Pork Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sweet-and-sticky-smoked-and-fried-hoisin-glazed-pork-ribs-recipe
Firing Up with the BBQ Guru's CyberQ, Plus Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-use-the-bbq-guru-cyberq-review-and-giveaway Joshua Bousel BBQ Guru CyberQ

Prior to firing up my first grill, I had little interest in cooking and eating—my diet consisted of mainly fast food, frozen pizzas, Hot Pockets, and TGIFridays appetizers. After lighting up that fateful first batch of coals though, I felt an immediate connection to my food I hadn't before. I attribute this to cooking at a fundamental level where I'm not only in control of my food, but also the heat source, which requires an extra level of attention and understanding. To me, this is what cooking needed to feel like for it to click, and because of this, I've pretty much shunned technology that aids in the process at all, save for a few digital thermometers that keep me clued into what's happening with my fire and meats.

Of course, that's just a personal preference, and once I entered the barbecue competition circuits, most all teams around me used some sort of digital device to maintain proper temperatures in their pits. The BBQ Guru—a small computer that monitors the fire's temperature and adjusts it using a fan—seemed to be the most popular choice in this arena. While I watched many teams use this device to set-it-and-forget-it, I always kept an eagle eye on my smoker and felt as if I had a connection to what I was cooking that others were missing out on.

With that hard headiness also came sleepless nights, increased anxiety, and additional work. So after grilling and smoking now for thirteen years without extra assistance, I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about and took up an offer to try out and review the BBQ Guru's CyberQ.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 13:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Reviews Barbecue http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-use-the-bbq-guru-cyberq-review-and-giveaway
Balsamic Marinated Vegetable Skewers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-balsamic-marinated-vegetable-skewers-recipe Joshua Bousel Balsamic Marinated Vegetable Kebabs

Woot, spring veggies are here! I won't try to play off the fact that no matter the season, I eat pretty horribly, but the arrival of the farmers market filled with early spring vegetables does lead me to at least a few veggie-centric dishes during the period when an initial enthusiasm for quality fresh produce takes hold. If you're like myself and are thinking of dishes that celebrate this arrival of the spring harvest, these balsamic marinated vegetable skewers do just that.

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Thu, 19 May 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetables Skewers Kebabs Vegetarian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-balsamic-marinated-vegetable-skewers-recipe
Sauced: Deaf Man's BBQ Sauce California Mild & Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/deaf-mans-bbq-sauce-california-mild-review-and-giveaway Joshua Bousel Deaf Man's BBQ Sauce California Mild

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

An intense tang leads to masking of the great complexity that this tart and well layered sauce possesses.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/deaf-mans-bbq-sauce-california-mild-review-and-giveaway
Venezuelan Steak Pepito http://www.meatwave.com/blog/venezuelan-grilled-steak-pepito-sandwich-recipe Joshua Bousel Steak Pepito

A lack of ability to get my totally ideal arepa here in Durham led me to throw a Venezuelan Meatwave a few weeks ago. While areapas were the inspiration for that event, I felt like having arepas alone would not offer my guests the diversity they're accustomed to at my meat-filled feasts. So that got me into researching what other Venezuelan staples could be taken to the grill, and I was instantly taken by pepitos. These are sandwiches that seem to be pretty ubiquitous in Venezuela, but have no real hard and fast rule for fillings and toppings. This latitude made me feel comfortable making my own interpretation of this sandwich, and what came out of that was this delicious Venezuelan steak pepito.

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Thu, 12 May 2016 11:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Steak Sandwich Venezuelan http://www.meatwave.com/blog/venezuelan-grilled-steak-pepito-sandwich-recipe
Strawberry and Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-strawberry-and-halloumi-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Strawberry and Halloumi Salad

Just before I began writing this post, my wife told me one of the sweetest things—she picked up a pint of fresh strawberries at the farmer's market on her way home. It was soured though when she made it clear they were intended for her own personal smoothie use. Oh what a cruel fate, in the height of strawberry season I have my favorite fruit in its most delicious state sitting in the kitchen and was instructed not to eat it. There's no way I was going to be beholden to those demands and have already sneaked a few berries for myself, and that led me to thinking this is a perfect time to bust out this recipe for a strawberry and halloumi salad dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Thu, 05 May 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Salad Cheese Fruit Vegetarian Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-strawberry-and-halloumi-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette-recipe
Sauced: 2 Vets BBQ Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory http://www.meatwave.com/blog/2-vets-bbq-apple-chipotle-glaze-of-glory-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel 2 Vets BBQ Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory challenges barbecue norms with its unique delivery of a sweet, fruity heat that veers from the standard tomato and molasses combo to create a sauce that stands out in a crowd.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/2-vets-bbq-apple-chipotle-glaze-of-glory-barbecue-sauce-review
Turkish Spinach and Cheese Pides http://www.meatwave.com/blog/turkish-spinach-and-cheese-pides-recipe Joshua Bousel Spinach and Cheese Pide

In my creative process of thinking of new recipes, once I hit an idea, my brain often won't stop considering all the variations that can come out of it. This was the case when I decide to try to make Turkish pides— which are pizza-like stuffed flatbreads. My original inspiration was a minced lamb pide, but instantly I wanted to also do a potato version, and a spinach and cheese version. My tendency towards excess led me to make all three, and I'm finally getting around to sharing that last one of the series.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Bread Vegetables Vegetarian Turkish Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/turkish-spinach-and-cheese-pides-recipe
Eat. Meat. Repeat. http://www.meatwave.com/blog/eat.-meat.-repeat. Joshua Bousel Eat. Meat. Repeat.

I knew there would be a number of my favorite foods I'd have to leave behind when I relocated from New York to North Carolina. I thought one of them was going to be my beloved arepas—Venezuelan stuffed corn cakes—from Arepas Cafe in Astoria, but once I got down to Durham, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually a couple areapa spots in town. Both ended up being fine, but fell short of matching the quality and combinations of Arepas Cafe and ultimately left a hole in my heart. This led me to try my hand at arepa making over the winter, and to my surprise, it wasn't difficult at all to make ones that came close to what I consider ideal. I've been so overjoyed with this discovery that I wanted to share what I consider the pinnacle of arepas with all my friends here in North Carolina, so made the first Meatwave of the 2016 season one that celebrated these Venezuelan specialities and a more.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/eat.-meat.-repeat.
Sauced: Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce & Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/shaffers-bbq-big-julies-bold-and-sassy-bbq-sauce-review-and-giveaway Joshua Bousel Big Julie's Bold & Sassy BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

With a well spiced tangy profile that gains extra sweetness over the fire, Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce is built to do right by you in many different applications.

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/shaffers-bbq-big-julies-bold-and-sassy-bbq-sauce-review-and-giveaway