The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Smoked Porchetta http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-smoked-italian-pork-belly-porchetta-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Porchetta

I had it all planned out, the centerpiece of my Italian-themed Meatwave was going to be a massive pork loin that I was going to butterfly, stuff with prosciutto, sopressata, provolone, and basil, then roll close and grill. I'm sure it would have been impressive and excellent, but a slight wrench was thrown into my plans—I was given a BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud to take for a spin, and with a lot time away from home recently, if I didn't try it out on that Meatwave weekend, I probably wouldn't get to it until at least a couple months later. I could have chosen to smoke the pork loin in order to make use of the device, but the rather fat-devoid loin isn't ripe fodder for low and slow cooking, which favors fattier cuts. Then the perfect idea came into my head—ditch the stuffed loin and do a smoked porchetta. The fat-laden pork belly required for porchetta is perfect smoking, and a porchetta would be equally worthy to serve as the centerpiece meat for the day.

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Grilling Rotisserie Italian Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-smoked-italian-pork-belly-porchetta-recipe
Becoming Your Best Pitmaster with the BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud http://www.meatwave.com/blog/bbq-guru-cyberq-cloud-review Joshua Bousel CyberQ Cloud

From the time I started smoking meats, I've taken pride in tending to a fire—learning how to control its temperature, knowing when it needs more fuel, and sitting beside it with not much else to do except down some beers. To me, that was as much part of the barbecue equation as the meat itself and I kind of scoffed at those using devices and crutches to help maintain a fire. So it was with a some reservation that I took up the offer to try out the BBQ Guru's CyberQ last summer, having more interest in its networking capabilities than its core function of fire and food temperature management.

It only took one cook though for me to be totally sold—it kind of brought set-it-and-forget-it functionality to my Weber Smokey Mountain, freeing my to do so much more in the time I would have normally been fussing with the coals, including food prep, blogging, and, most importantly, uninterrupted sleep. After a few more cooks where I experienced more consistent results in my smoked meats and my fires ran at ideal temperatures for longer periods of time than I was used to, I was fully able to set aside my low tech barbecue pride and embrace the help of the Guru, so much so that when the BBQ Guru team extended another offer to try out their CyberQ Cloud model this summer, I was so excited I couldn't get it fast enough.

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Reviews Barbecue http://www.meatwave.com/blog/bbq-guru-cyberq-cloud-review
Grilled Panzanella Salad http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-tuscan-panzanella-salad-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Panzanella

There's an episode of King of the Hill where Bobby is waxing poetics about the flavor of his organic, co-op purchased tomato, which leads to a lecturing return from Hank on how tomatoes don't have any flavor, only to be left speechless himself after one bite of what we can only assume is the sweet, savory flavor of a really great tomato. When that episode first aired, I knew exactly what Hank was experiencing—I had thought tomatoes were nothing more than mealy, tasteless orbs my whole life, until one bite of an in-season tomato from my CSA many, many years ago let me know how wrong I was. Now I can't wait for tomato season every year, and when it hits, I make sure to get my fill of them from the farmer's market and restaurants, eating up as many as possible while they're in their prime. Last summer, as part of my tomato fix, I decided to try out a recipe from Serious Eats for a panzanella salad, and the results were so outstanding that the wait for another tomato season to make it again was excruciating, but it finally came, and this year I changed things up a bit to work in the grill, and I think it only made it all the better.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Salad Vegetarian Vegetables Bread http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-tuscan-panzanella-salad-recipe
Sauced: Grilla Grills Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce & Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilla-grills-thick-and-bold-bbq-sauce-sauce-and-giveaway Joshua Bousel Grilla Grills Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A good representation of barbecue sauce norms out of the jar becomes really exemplary and incredibly flavored and balanced after being cooked.

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilla-grills-thick-and-bold-bbq-sauce-sauce-and-giveaway
Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Balsamic Berries and Whipped Cream http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-lemon-pound-cake-with-balsamic-berries-and-whipped-cream-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Pound Cake

I'm not a big fan of eating out on common eat-out holidays—the crowds, far advance reservations, and all-too-often prix fixe only menus all add up to make the experience not one entirely fitting with the low key type of celebrations I prefer. So when it came to Mother's Day this year—the first one since high school where my Mom and I have lived in the same city—I decided rather than deal with brunch madness, I'd host and cook a lunch comprised of my Mom's favs, which included eggplant parmesan and asparagus. Then to cap the meal in a fittingly special fashion, I made this grilled lemon pound cake with balsamic berries and whipped cream.

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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Baking Recipes Fruit Dessert http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-lemon-pound-cake-with-balsamic-berries-and-whipped-cream-recipe
Pork Belly Burnt End Buns http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pork-belly-burnt-end-buns-recipe Joshua Bousel Pork Belly Burnt End Buns

It had literally been years since I had made a brisket when my Carne-val celebration rolled around back in May of this year. I had this gnawing desire to get back into the brisket game and had plans to buy two of them, smoking one whole in a Texas fashion, and splitting the second into the flat and point, turning the flat into pastrami and the point into burnt ends. During my shopping for the event though, I only happened upon one brisket, leaving a hole in the menu that second brisket was to fill. I ended up abandoning the pastrami idea, but thought I could still accomplish the burnt ends, but use pork belly instead of beef. Not sure why I never thought of this before because pork belly burnt ends ended up being amazing, and even more so when served in steamed bun style.

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pork-belly-burnt-end-buns-recipe
Sauced: Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-classic-sweet-and-thick-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

Heinz Classic BBQ Sauce hits familiar bold sweet, spicy, tangy, and smoky flavors that puts it on par with other supermarket sauces, but without anything special to make it rise above those crowded ranks.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/heinz-classic-sweet-and-thick-bbq-sauce-review
Spicy Pork Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/spicy-pork-meatball-sliders-with-parmesan-cream-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Spicy Pork Meatballs with Parmesan Cream Sauce

In the days leading up to a Meatwave, I try to keep my schedule light in order to have enough time to prep for what is usually a fairly labor intensive task. Time was something I didn't have though before Meatball Mania! a couple months ago because my wife and I were hosting a couple of out of town guests and showing them a good time around Durham was top priority. So I was on a hunt for meatball creations that required very minimal effort, and in searching for a recipe for one of my favorite meatballs from my days in New York—the spicy pork meatballs from The Meatball Shop—I found out it was not much more than hot cherry peppers and ground pork. So that quick and easy recipe seemed to fit the bill perfectly and it made the cut for that quick-to-prepare Meatwave.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Pork Meatballs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/spicy-pork-meatball-sliders-with-parmesan-cream-sauce-recipe
Indian-spiced Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-indian-spiced-spare-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Indian-spiced Ribs

I view ribs much in the way I do chicken—a blank slate just waiting for any type of introduction of flavor. Ribs offer me a great way to experiment with rub and sauce pairings, and my love for that can clearly be traced by venturing through my now twenty-plus rib recipes I've amassed. I feel like no matter what theme my Meatwaves take on, I can always think of a rib recipe that could fit in. While crafting an Indian-inspired menu for a cookout last year, I made a bet that I could use all the spices that were seasoning my chicken and veggies and put them together into a rib recipe that would be both awesome and like none other I've done before, and that's exactly what I got with these Indian-spiced ribs.

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Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Pork Ribs Indian Recipe http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-indian-spiced-spare-ribs-recipe
Sauced: Mike D's Spicy BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mike-ds-spicy-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Mike D's Spicy BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A bright and balance mixture of tomato, vinegar, and honey start this sauce off right, but it's the waves of spices and subsequent heat that really make it something special.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:59:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/mike-ds-spicy-bbq-sauce-review