The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Sauced: HT Traders Memphis Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/ht-traders-memphis-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel HT Traders Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

A well balanced and layered barbecue aroma doesn't translate to the most robust flavor or great grilling performance in this Memphis-style sauce.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/ht-traders-memphis-barbecue-sauce-review
Alabama White Sauce Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-grilled-alabama-white-barbecue-sauce-chicken-wings-recipe Joshua Bousel Alabama White Sauce Wings

For our third stop on this wingtastic January journey, I'm pulling out an oldie, but goodie. Well, it's not really old as I've never made white sauce chicken previously in a wing-only variation, but it is a recipe I've cooked a number of times over the years in its more common whole bird form. For the uninitiated, slow smoked birds dunked in a mayo-based barbecue sauce is an Alabama tradition, one that I learned from Chris Lilly at Big Bob Gibson in Decatur that has some grand results that transfered exceedingly well to this smaller scale application.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Grilling Appetizers Chicken Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-grilled-alabama-white-barbecue-sauce-chicken-wings-recipe
Memphis Dry Rub Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-crispy-memphis-dry-rub-chicken-wings-recipe Joshua Bousel Memphis Dry-rubbed Wings

A couple years back I tried my hand at real deal Memphis dry rub ribs—that's where the ribs are cooked over charcoal, brushed with a vinegar-rub mixture while cooking, and finished with a healthy dusting of more dry rub. While the results were undoubtedly tasty, they didn't reach the delectable heights of the more commonplace barbecued rib. This started me thinking if ribs were truly the best medium for this dry-rub application, and I couldn't help but wonder if my so-loved wings might be a more apt choice for delivering the full impact of the sweet, spicy, and herbal rub. Well, I gave it a try and here's how things played out.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Grilling Appetizers Chicken Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-crispy-memphis-dry-rub-chicken-wings-recipe
Sauced: Pork and Peck'r BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pork-and-peckr-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Pork and Peck'r BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

A play between mustard and ketchup gives this sauce its unique stamp that's backed up by the clean barbecue sauce flavors of sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire.

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pork-and-peckr-bbq-sauce-review
Sriracha Sauced Smoke and Fried Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sriracha-sauced-smoke-and-fried-crispy-chicken-wings-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked and Fried Wings

The most exciting thing about the New Year? Wing Month!

Followers of this blog know I'm a lover of wings with evidence in the 20 recipes I've amassed to date for these delectable little morsels that I deem king of the finger foods. To start each year off right, I usually dedicate the entire month of January solely to developing new wing recipes and I'm starting 2017 strong with these smoked and fried wings finished with a sriracha sauce

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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Frying Appetizers Chicken Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sriracha-sauced-smoke-and-fried-crispy-chicken-wings-recipe
Smoked Pork Belly Buns http://www.meatwave.com/blog/texas-style-smoked-pork-belly-steamed-buns-recipe Joshua Bousel Barbecue Pork Belly Buns

A couple weeks ago I basked in a personal Texas-style pork belly achievement. I also mentioned that pork belly rarely stands out to me in smoke joints due to its lackluster flavor when compared to the super beefy beef ribs and briskets that serve as better ordering options. The real attraction to the pork belly for me is its immense amount of soft, luscious fat that gives it a texture unlike any other smoked meat. So in thinking of a way to best feature smoked pork belly's top trait while enhancing its overall flavor, I came up with these smoked belly buns, which just so happen would make for an excellent New Year's celebration treat.

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Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork Texas http://www.meatwave.com/blog/texas-style-smoked-pork-belly-steamed-buns-recipe
Sauced: Saucehound & Giveaway http://www.meatwave.com/blog/saucehound-barbecue-sauce-review-and-giveaway Joshua Bousel Saucehound

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A well balance and layered sauce that provides a full flavor without being overpowering makes Saucehound a top choice to complete any task you put it up to.

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Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/saucehound-barbecue-sauce-review-and-giveaway
Pulled Pork Nachos http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pulled-pork-party-nachos-recipes Joshua Bousel Pulled Pork Nachos

I've admitted in the past that I'm notoriously horrible at eating leftovers—I'll save them with best intentions, but the reality is leftovers are unappealing to me and they usually meet a fate whose wastefulness is a point of shame. There are some exceptions to my leftover aversion though, with pulled pork being one of those outliers. I love leftover pulled pork so much that I tend to smoke twice as many pork butts as I need at any given time so I can divvy up the second one into small servings and freeze for later use. One reason pulled pork breaks from leftover norms is due to its versatility—the options beyond a bun and slaw are almost limitless. While I'm sure you need no proof to deem that statement true, I present to you these pulled pork nachos as an exhibit anyways.

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Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Appetizers Pork Barbecue http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pulled-pork-party-nachos-recipes
Texas-style Smoked Pork Belly http://www.meatwave.com/blog/texas-style-salt-and-pepper-smoked-pork-belly-recipe Joshua Bousel Texas-style Pork Belly

I'm starting to get ready for my annual pilgrimage to Texas. While holidays with the in-laws serves as the official reason for the trip, I use this time of year to also try out at least a couple new (to me) barbecue joints. Luckily the barbecue scene in Houston is starting to take off—what used to be slim pickin's has bloomed into numerous really excellent options for slow smoked meats. Killen's is regarded as one of the best-in-breed in Houston, and I totally concur after ordering all the meats on my first trip there, plus a side of chicken fried steak for good measure. While there wasn't one low point in that meal, it was oddly the pork belly that left an impression on me since this cut has rarely stood up against the beef ribs and briskets at other establishments. This particular piece of belly had luscious, soft, and flavorful fat paired with the ubiquitous Texas salt and pepper bark that combined to make some fine slices of barbecue. So in anticipation of a trip filled with such delectables, I decided it's an apt time to share my attempt at some Texas-style smoked pork belly.

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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/texas-style-salt-and-pepper-smoked-pork-belly-recipe
Sauced: Scott's Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/scotts-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Scott's Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

A true Eastern North Carolina sauce through and through, Scott's features not much more than vinegar and spice, and sometimes that's all you need to dress great barbecue.

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Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/scotts-barbecue-sauce-review