The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Veggie Burger Patty Melts http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-veggie-burger-patty-melts-recipe Joshua Bousel Veggie Burger Patty Melts

I have to admit, my old thought process on vegetarians attending the Meatwave was that knew what they were coming to, so why cook anything specifically catered to them. Sometimes non-meat items where on the menu, sometimes not, and I always had veggie burgers and buns on hand to at least offer something. That was literally the least I could do, and it was non-empathic and not fair. Nowadays, I try to balance my menus between meaty and non-meaty items so there's something for everyone, and in scenarios where meat-free is a challenge—like at a German-themed cookout from this past summer—I still can't bring myself to default solely to frozen veggie burgers alone anymore. Everyone deserves more than that, even if it's a small, incremental step, like these veggie burger patty melts.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Burgers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-veggie-burger-patty-melts-recipe
Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-chinese-eggplant-with-yu-xiang-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Chinese Eggplant with Yu Xiang Sauce

I've never been too keen on Chinese eggplant dishes where the thick, syrupy sauce fuses with the overly softened eggplant to create a kind of overall mushy experience that isn't quite for my personal palate. I tried to make this type of eggplant a couple times in my early days of recipe development to see if I could do anything more appetizing to me, but never got results I was all that happy with. Then, while researching ideas for a Chinese-influenced Meatwave, I came across a few recipes for eggplant with yu xiang sauce and the looks of that tangy and spicy Sichuan sauce seemed like something I could really get behind. So I took another stab at an eggplant-plus-sauce type of recipe, and this time I was left absolutely smitten.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Asian Chinese Vegetables Vegetarian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-chinese-eggplant-with-yu-xiang-sauce-recipe
Sauced: Foster's Market Memphis Style BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/fosters-market-memphis-style-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Foster's Market Memphis-style BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

A chunky tomato base brings a unique and fresh stamp to this sauce's otherwise highly tangy character.

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:25:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/fosters-market-memphis-style-bbq-sauce-review
Pulled Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pulled-barbecue-turkey-sandwiches-recipe Joshua Bousel Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

Happy Thanksgiving Meatwavers! If you're anything like me, you're probably busy in the kitchen right now prepping everything for a gigantic and delicious feast this evening. Then you get to enjoy that meal again the next day, and the next, and the next thanks to what feels like endless leftovers. Seeing as I'm not much of a leftovers guy, the repetitiveness of eating the same thing over and over becomes unappetizing, so I'm always looking at ways to reuse that holiday spread in creative ways that makes it feel new again and I had what I think is a pretty good idea this year—pulled barbecue turkey sandwiches.

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Turkey Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pulled-barbecue-turkey-sandwiches-recipe
Cranberry Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/cranberry-barbecue-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Thanksgiving time is upon us, and I'm in the process of plotting out my menu, making recipe swaps and adjustments to ensure this year is an improvement over the last. As I was working through this, I realized one recipe that has held strong and seen no changes over the years was my cranberry sauce—if you're not making your own, your missing out on how just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of effort is a huge improvement over store bought. This got me thinking about what I could do different with cranberry sauce, and while I'll likely always opt for my tried and true recipe, the slight off topic thought of a cranberry barbecue sauce entered my mind and I just had to act on it.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Sauce Barbecue http://www.meatwave.com/blog/cranberry-barbecue-sauce-recipe
Sauced: Skylight Inn BBQ http://www.meatwave.com/blog/skylight-inn-bbq-eastern-nc-style-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Skylight Inn BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

Skylight Inn BBQ delivers the spicy tang you'd expect from an Eastern NC sauce, but adds in a few extra layers and complexity of spices that makes it really stand out.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/skylight-inn-bbq-eastern-nc-style-barbecue-sauce-review
Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cabbage-with-mustard-vinaigrette-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

There was a time, not that far in the past, that I would have never thought I would be exalting the virtues of grilled cabbage, but here we are today. Not only is grilling cabbage one of the best ways to cook this vegetable, it's endlessly versatile, making it an easy choice to fit into just about any menu, and it's saved me on numerous occasions when I either couldn't think of an appropriate side or didn't have time to make something more elaborate. My last German-themed Meatwave is one such example—I had my prep time filled making sausages and other mains as well as was having a difficult time coming up with a fitting vegetarian side dish. I thought I was going to have to pull a cop out and just buy some bags of chips or pretzels, but then grilled cabbage creeped into my brain and saved the day. Quick to put together and dressed with a mustard vinaigrette, it fit seamlessly into the day.

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Vegetables http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cabbage-with-mustard-vinaigrette-recipe
Currywurst http://www.meatwave.com/blog/german-currywurst-sausages-with-curry-ketchup-recipe Joshua Bousel Currywurst

While I'm starting to move into the mindset that the process of making sausages is not so arduous that it can't be done on a regular basis, the fact of the matter is it's still more time consuming than the majority of other recipes I do. So, when it does come time to work on some links, I usually make it count and do at least five pound batches, which both leaves me in a position to not have go back and remake the sausages anytime soon, but I also usually end up with more than I know what to do with. Luckily, I had a perfect use for some excess bratwurst I had on hand at the last Meatwave—serve them as currywurst!

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Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes German Sausage Pork Veal Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/german-currywurst-sausages-with-curry-ketchup-recipe
Sauced: Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sweet-baby-rays-hawaiian-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Sweet Baby Ray's Hawaiian Style Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

The addition of sweet pineapple juice creates and extra sugary and fruity flavor profile, but does so at the expense of barbecue sauce complexity and balance.

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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/sweet-baby-rays-hawaiian-barbecue-sauce-review
German Bratwurst http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-german-bratwurst-recipe Joshua Bousel Bratwurst

In my earlier days of cooking, sausage seemed like a next logical step after a few years of throwing Meatwaves and developing recipes. At that time I opted to just buy the sausage stuffer attachment for my KitchenAid meat grinder, which was a bitch to use and, paired with less than stellar sausage results, made the effort feel arduous and pointless. Still, I'm not one to give up and I kept making sausages again and again, incrementally improving, but never quite reaching what I considered to be their full potential. The addition of a vertical sausage stuffer certainly made the process a lot easier and faster, and while I was getting better at seasoning and achieving ideally juicy links, the years of past memories always lingered. This made sausages something I still considered comparatively difficult and risky, leading to only taking a crack at them once a year or less. I think my perception of sausage making has finally turned a corner though with these German bratwurst, whose production felt totally manageable and with end results that I considered on par with top quality specimens.

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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes German Sausage Pork Veal http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-german-bratwurst-recipe