The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2016 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us 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
Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-grilled-brussels-sprouts-with-thai-flavors-recipe Joshua Bousel Brussels Sprouts with Thai Flavors

It's hard to remember the time in which I did not like brussels sprouts. It's funny, because that sprout hater period represented more than half my life, but once I discovered how awesome these tiny cabbages can be, I made up for lost time and usually order them without haste whenever I see them on a menu. Of all the brussels sprouts I've eaten, none stand out as much as the ones from East Side King in Austin. These fried sprouts, which have thin, crackling leaves, come in salad form with cabbage, onion, basil, mint, and cilantro dressed in a sweet and slightly spicy dressing. It's not something I've been able to get outside of Texas, so when I had a hankering for them a few weeks ago, I decided to make my own version done on the grill.

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetables Asian Thai http://www.meatwave.com/blog/crispy-grilled-brussels-sprouts-with-thai-flavors-recipe
Eggplant Spirals With Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Cucumber http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-greek-eggplant-spirals-with-greek-yogurt-tomatoes-and-cucumber-recipe Joshua Bousel Meatadata

The spirit of warmer days and lighter eating led me to Vietnamese summer rolls last week, but it's really Greek food that I associate the most with this idyllic weather. Having spent a great deal of my life in a Greek heavy enclave of Queens, I found the bright, fresh flavors of Greek foods to be the perfect compliment to being outside on a pleasant, sunny day. Those flavors served as the influence for these eggplant spirals with yogurt, tomatoes, and cucumber that aren't a traditional Greek dish, but bring together a lot of what makes Greek food so fitting in this beautiful spring weather.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Vegetables Vegetarian Greek Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-greek-eggplant-spirals-with-greek-yogurt-tomatoes-and-cucumber-recipe
Sauced: Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-bills-bbq-sauce-mop-and-marinade-review Joshua Bousel Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

A chili forward flavor profile embeds this sauce with a complex earthy heat that's paired with a heavy tomato base that have just a hint of sweetness.

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-bills-bbq-sauce-mop-and-marinade-review
Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Summer Rolls http://www.meatwave.com/blog/vietnamese-grilled-shrimp-summer-rolls-recipe Joshua Bousel Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

The past month here in Durham has been filled with perfect 70°F days basked in blue skies and sunshine. Sitting outside in the beautiful weather, I've watched the barren trees bud, bloom, and now mostly turn green. This onset of spring has also bought with it a desire to transition my diet of heavy and greasy foods into the realm of lighter delights. It's an unusually early change for me, as I'm used to it commonly happening around late May back in New York, but it's certainly welcomed and these Vietnamese grilled shrimp summer rolls are a great way to welcome the bounty of spring.

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Vietnamese Asian Seafood Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/vietnamese-grilled-shrimp-summer-rolls-recipe
Sweet and Spicy Apricot-Glazed Pork and Pineapple Kebabs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-sweet-and-spicy-apricot-glazed-pork-and-pineapple-kebabs Joshua Bousel Sweet & Spicy Apricot Glazed Pork Kebabs

I would say the majority of my kebab recipes rely on a marinade or glaze to impart the complimentary flavor to go with whatever meat has been skewered. This is all fine and good, but I got to thinking what if I were to up my skewer game—what might that look like? I thought a good first step would be to apply some barbecue standards to these quickly grilled skewers by doubling up on seasoning by using both a rub and glaze. This ended up being a fantastic idea with concrete proof in these sweet and spicy apricot-glazed pork and pineapple kebabs.

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Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Pork Fruit Skewers Kebabs Recipes Grilling http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-sweet-and-spicy-apricot-glazed-pork-and-pineapple-kebabs