The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2015 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Parting is Such Meat Sorrow http://www.meatwave.com/blog/parting-is-such-meat-sorrow Joshua Bousel Parting is Such Meat Sorrow

If you've been paying attention, you probably noticed that for the first time in a long time, I haven't been keeping up with my blogging duties. It's a bit shameful for that to happen during prime grilling season, but I have good reason—I recently left my longtime home of Astoria, NY and moved down south to Durham, NC. I kind of underestimated how much time and energy moving would take, so had to let some things fall to the sidelines, and writing was one of those things. I couldn't, however, stop grilling, and before I left the city, I had one last Meatwave blowout with all of my awesome friends.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/parting-is-such-meat-sorrow
Mini Gyro Burgers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-mini-gyro-burgers-with-tzatziki-and-pickled-peperoncini-recipe Joshua Bousel Mini-gyro Burgers

I have to start out this post giving credit where credit is due—these mini-gyro burgers are a direct inspiration from MP Taverna in Astoria, Queens mixed with a Greek-America gyro loaf recipe devised by my editor at Serious Eats, Kenji. Although the translation of trying to make a really good gyro-inspired burger ended up being pretty direct, the road to it came with some learnings on building a small-scale burger for the grill, and striking just the right balance between this being able to be considered a burger, but still taste distinctly like a gyro.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Greek Beef Lamb http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-mini-gyro-burgers-with-tzatziki-and-pickled-peperoncini-recipe
Grilled Pasta Primavera http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vegetable-pasta-primavera-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera was once my answer to an almost weekly problem—what to do with loads of veggies from our CSA. For me, roasting whatever bounty we received that week and then tossing them with pasta was an easy, and consistently delicious, solution. The repetitiveness of the CSA ultimately led me to jump ship, but pasta primavera has remained in my life as a fairly healthy meal that's quick enough to put together on a weeknight and makes for good leftovers. I'm not sure why, but I've always roasted my veggies in the over for this and never thought of utilizing my grill until recently, which is a shame, because the results were decidedly even more awesome.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Vegetables Pasta Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vegetable-pasta-primavera-recipe
The Best Way to Grill a T-Bone Steak http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-grill-the-best-porterhouse-t-bone-steak-recipe Joshua Bousel Porterhouse

When it comes to steak, I'm an economy cuts man. Well, I say with a bit of grumble that I was an economy man before my choice cuts of skirt, hanger, or flank became so desirable that their market value shot up beyond "bargain" territory. Still, they're easier on the wallet than the high-end cuts like ribeyes and T-bones, which I certainly love, but can hardly justify buying, knowing that I'll be just as happy with a steak a quarter of the cost.

But I'm also a man who would never pass up a porterhouse under the right circumstances, so when Serious Eats asked me to develop a recipe for perfectly cooked T-bone steaks last year (courtesy of Pat LaFrieda Meat) I jumped at the opportunity. The well-marbled, dry-aged prime steaks that were delivered were so beautiful that I affectionately dubbed them "my babies," and promised myself that no harm would come to them.

I've grilled enough steaks to know how to treat them right, but I did pit a few winning T-bone techniques against each other to see if one would ultimately earn me the title of "#1 Steak Dad."

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Beef Recipes Steak http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-grill-the-best-porterhouse-t-bone-steak-recipe
Santa Maria Tri-tip http://www.meatwave.com/blog/california-santa-maria-barbecue-tri-tip-recipe Joshua Bousel Santa Maria Tritip

One thing I'll miss about about New York is you can get just about anything here, although not always without effort. Case in point, tri-tip. I've been aware of this staple of central coastal California "barbecue" for a long time, but it's not a cut the common butcher or supermarket will carry in New York. Due to the inconvenience of searching for, and then traveling to get tri-tip in this city, I never tried making it myself, but last summer I decided it was high time I get off my lazy ass and took on this complex cut with a couple different recipes, the first being done in the vein of traditional Santa Maria-style.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:45:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Beef Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/california-santa-maria-barbecue-tri-tip-recipe
Sauced: Hunt's Original BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/hunts-original-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Hunt's Original BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 2 out of 10

Hunt's Original BBQ Sauce suffers from a blandness that's an oddity in the realm of barbecue sauces. This leaves the sauce almost devoid of the more bold tangy, sweet, and fruity layers of flavor that you'd normally be looking for in quality 'cue.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/hunts-original-bbq-sauce-review
Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-halloumi-cheese-pita-sandwich-recipe Joshua Bousel Halloumi Pita

Now is as good a time as any to let you in on some big Meatwave news—we're moving! Yup, I'm taking the plunge and saying goodbye to New York and hello to North Carolina early next month. While the move will hopefully mean more grilling and more recipes in the long run, there's sadness in losing some of the things I've come to take for granted in the neighborhood I've called home for nearly 13 years, Astoria. With a heavily Greek population, Mediterranean foods abound, and my wife and I have grown accustomed to easily making a delicious and quick dinner out of the readily available halloumi cheese, top quality pita, and tzatziki that combine into one stellar sandwich.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Cheese Greek http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-halloumi-cheese-pita-sandwich-recipe
Kingsford Invitational 2015 http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-invitational-barbecue-competition-2015 Joshua Bousel Kingsford Invitational 2015

Back at the beginning of May, I had the honor of joining my Kingsford family for the 2015 Kingsford Invitational set against the beautiful skyline of lower Manhattan. For those not familiar with the event, think of it as the most elite of all barbecue cook-offs. Unlike a normal competition, where just about anybody can sign up, the Kingsford Invitational invites only the top team from five of the most prestigious events in barbecue. This year that brought in the grand champions of Memphis in May (Big Bob Gibson), Houston Livestock and Rodeo (Bar-B-Que Commanders), the American Royal (Cool Smoke), Blue Ridge BBQ Festival (Warren County Pork Choppers), BBQ Pitmasters TV show (Rescue Smokers), and one wild card team made up of some of the most well regarded NYC pitmasters from Hometown, Mighty Quinn's, and Ducks Eatery (dubbing themselves The Dirty Water Dogs). Altogether the competition spanned three unforgettable days of great food and great friends.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:10:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Competition Barbecue Event http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-invitational-barbecue-competition-2015
Chili-rubbed Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Grilled Mango Salsa http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-mahi-mahi-tacos-with-grilled-mango-salsa-recipe Joshua Bousel Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

I run a pretty predicable cyclical pattern with my diet each year. Once Thanksgiving hits, I give up resistance to any attempt to improve my health and indulge in all the meat and fat that makes the holidays and winter a comforting, survivable time. When spring hits, I start to introduce some semblance of balance, however misguided it may be, into my meal selection and take up biking and walking more. This year I've broken that trend and have yet to crawl out from the gluttony I wallowed in during the colder months. I have a fear that letting myself do this is so easy that I may never bring myself out of it and I'll inevitably suffer the consequences of that decision in the long run. I need a swift kick in the ass to get myself into full spring/summer mode and I thought revisiting some of the lighter sides of grilling I've done would serve as good inspiration. So with that, I bring you what I consider healthier grilling by way of these chili-rubbed mahi mahi tacos with a grilled mango salsa.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Seafood Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-mahi-mahi-tacos-with-grilled-mango-salsa-recipe
Sauced: Jack Daniel's Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jack-daniels-spicy-original-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Jack Daniel's Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 2 out of 10

Too much smoke and sugar is this sauces downfall, creating an unbalanced flavor out of the jar and easily susceptible to burning on the grill.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jack-daniels-spicy-original-barbecue-sauce-review