The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2015 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Greek Chicken Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-crispy-greek-chicken-wings-with-feta-recipe Joshua Bousel Tangy Greek Oregano Wing

My fondness and understanding of Greek cuisine is only natural having lived in the heavily Greek neighborhood of Astoria, Queens for over twelve years now. Those identifying fresh and acidic flavors are so ingrained in me that I find them influencing my everyday cooking, whether it be Greek or not. So when considering yet another chicken wing variation on my month long quest for new and unique recipes, I turned to the Greek food I know so well to give these wings that distinct salty, tangy, and bright flavor that dominates many ubiquitous dishes.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 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-greek-chicken-wings-with-feta-recipe
Sauced: Garland Jack's Secret Six Sweet 'n Sticky Molasses Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-sweet-n-sticky-molasses-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Garland Jack Sweet 'n Sticky Molasses

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

The heavy hand of molasses dominates this sweet and smoky sauce that has a light vinegar tang.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-sweet-n-sticky-molasses-barbecue-sauce-review
Spicy Cumin Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spicy-cumin-wings-recipe Joshua Bousel Spicy  Cumin Chicken Wing

I use January recipe testing as an excuse to have a chicken wing gorge-fest. Wings are among my favorite things to cook—variations are limitless—and eat, so with the Super Bowl as a seasonal excuse, I pretty much spend the entire month developing and sharing new wing ideas. Having covered the standard territory and then some, I'm forced into creative new wing ventures, which is great because it leads me to things like these spicy cumin wings

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Chicken Grilling Recipes Appetizers Wings http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spicy-cumin-wings-recipe
MOINK Balls http://www.meatwave.com/blog/moink-balls-grilled-bacon-wrapped-barbecue-meatballs-recipe Joshua Bousel Moink Balls

As I start to write this post, I can't decide if it will have a negative or positive impact on my barbecue cred. Those well versed in their barbecue blogs are undoubtedly already well acquainted the MOINK ball—a food concoction attributed to Larry Gaian of Embers and Flame that consists of a frozen beef meatball wrapped in bacon and then grilled or smoked (seasoning the MOINK with a rub and finishing with a brushing of sauce is common, but not required). It's a fun, simple bite that's proliferated through the barbecue world on blogs, message boards, competitions, and backyards, so why would I want to mess with it?

I'm a total DIY guy, so in my eyes, the use of frozen meatballs actually inhibits the MOINK ball from true greatness. Why settle on a semi-dry packaged meatballs when you can make your own supremely beefy, tender, and flavorful ones from scratch? So, whether it's wrong or right in the eyes of MOINK ball purists, that's exactly what I set out to do.

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Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Beef Pork Grilling Recipes Appetizers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/moink-balls-grilled-bacon-wrapped-barbecue-meatballs-recipe
Sauced: Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/three-little-pigs-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Three Little Pigs BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

Three Little Pigs delivers on all the barbecue flavors you'd expect—tomato, sugar, molasses, and vinegar—in a balance that makes it unique, but not overly challenging.

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Thu, 01 Jan 2015 11:40:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/three-little-pigs-bbq-sauce-review
Steakhouse Kebabs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-steakhouse-kebabs Joshua Bousel Steakhouse Beef Kebabs

As I look a week ahead, the season of large hearty roasts quickly shifts gears into my favorite food group—party foods. New Years kind of kicks off a month long obsession with meals comprised of bite sized portions as I use New Years Eve and the end of the football season as excuses to fill my diet with all the wings, nachos, and stuffed jalapeños my heart desires. To mash-up finger foods with comforting steak—another item I let into my winter rotation in unhealthy quantities—I bring you these steakhouse kebabs, delivering big beefy flavor on a stick.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Kebabs Beef Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-steakhouse-kebabs
Sauced: Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-original-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A bright and fresh flavor that brings in an excellent balance between sweet, tangy, and spicy makes Trifecta Original Barbecue Sauce a great all around choice suited for almost any barbecue or grilling need.

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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-original-barbecue-sauce-review
Coke and Pineapple Glazed Ham http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-coke-and-pineapple-glazed-ham-recipe Joshua Bousel Coke and Pineapple Glazed City Ham

I'm a ham fiend, but this sweet swine is usually relegated to a once-a-year occasion, when it takes center stage at my in-laws Christmas party. In that one night, I bask in the ecstasy of the cured and smoked meat, stuffing myself well beyond reason.

While I'm pretty well versed in ham consumption, when I was plotting to prepare one myself last fall, I realized that my experience cooking it was limited to a single prior attempt. Although it's a seemingly simple prospect—hell, the thing is already cooked—I learned that the devil is in the details and decided to do a test run, which led to this amazing Coke-and pineapple-glazed ham.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-coke-and-pineapple-glazed-ham-recipe
Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spinach-and-mushroom-stuffed-beef-tenderloin Joshua Bousel Mushroom & Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

A grand holiday like Christmas requires a fitting centerpiece on the table, and the enormity and richness of a large slab of beef seems an apt player for that role. For a special occasion such as this, I'd probably shell out for an incredibly flavorful rib roast, give it a lot of salt and pepper, roast it on the grill until medium-rare, serve, and then take my seat behind Santa in delivering some joy to the day.

Partly because that seemed too easy, and partly because a straightforward rib roast is covered territory, I wanted to take on a more involved beef project for my Christmas main, which is how I came to make this spinach and mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin.

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Beef Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-spinach-and-mushroom-stuffed-beef-tenderloin
Sauced: Kansas City's Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kansas-citys-cowtown-bar-b-q-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

Cowtown Bar-B-Q Sauce delivers all the ubiquitous barbecue flavors—sweet molasses, tangy vinegar, fruity tomato, and a light smokiness—in a robust, but balanced manner that makes it a great all-purpose sauce for your grilling and barbecue needs.

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kansas-citys-cowtown-bar-b-q-sauce-review