The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2014 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Hot Soppressata Pie http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-pizza-with-hot-soppressata-mozzarella-ricotta-and-basil-recipe Joshua Bousel Hot Sopressata Pie

I really, really, really love my KettlePizza—it's the only piece of grilling equipment I've dedicated an entire post to. It goes against reason then that it's also my least used accessory as well. I'd like nothing more than be outside and quickly cooking one beautiful pizza after another in the blazing heat I can create in this grill-to-pizza oven conversion kit, but I have responsibilities to grilling recipes that always take precedence and force my pizza making ambitions to sit resting quietly in the corner. In an attempt to change that, I decided I should start sharing what comes out of my KettlePizza, since if I'm using it to produce content for the blog, it's certain to see more action. So from a grand pizza party I hosted over the summer, where there were numerous incredible pies, I wanted to introduce you to my favorite of them all—hot soppressata pizza with ricotta and fresh basil.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:20:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Pizza Recipes Grilling Sausage http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-pizza-with-hot-soppressata-mozzarella-ricotta-and-basil-recipe
Sauced: Hak's Habanero Pineapple BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/haks-habanero-pineapple-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Hak's BBQ Sauce Habanero Pineapple

Meatwave Rating: 4 out of 10

An overwhelming heat is this sauce's downfall, as it comes in so quickly and so strongly that any enjoyment all the other good things going on here are incredibly fleeting.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/haks-habanero-pineapple-bbq-sauce-review
Smoked Lamb Barbacoa http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-lamb-barbacoa-tacos-recipe Joshua Bousel Meatzcaleria

It's a sad truth that cooking purely for myself and the wife has fallen the wayside in my life. Between increasing demand from my nine-to-five and developing and writing recipes regularly for two food blogs, a majority of my free time is spoken for. Those nights I'm not cooking for the blogs, I'm usually more keen on getting delivery or quickly grabbing something out in order to give me the most time for photo editing, writing, content entry, and/or sleep (I have remember to work that last one into my schedule too). So over the past couple years as I've been cooking less and less for myself, I've collected a growing number of recipes I've really wanted to try out, but never found the time for. One of those was this beef barbacoa.

Constantly in the back of my mind as something I must try, I finally decided the best way to give it a go would be to rework it into a recipe I could also use as a blog post. This manifested itself as smoked lamb barbacoa, which I contend is probably equally, if not more, delicious as the inspiration point.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Lamb Mexican Barbecue Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/smoked-lamb-barbacoa-tacos-recipe
Chicken Keema Kebabs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pakistani-spicy-ground-chicken-keema-kebabs-recipe Joshua Bousel Chicken Keema

At the start of last summer, my buddy Tyson rolled into the Meatwave toting a bag of mustard-hued ground chicken spotted with green chilies and cilantro. He said it was chicken keema, procured from a Pakistani butcher who informed him not to waste time with the mild keema and to go straight to the spicy. It took some care to get that loose chicken formed around skewers and on the grill, but once there, they cooked up to be a beautiful vibrant yellow that drew the attention of many in the crowd.

I was eager to dig in and found myself instantly smitten with the supreme heat of this chicken mixture. That butcher wasn't messing around when he labeled his keema spicy—this stuff burned, but not so much that it masked the plethora of earthy spices also present, making it one complexly flavored skewer of meat.

I knew right away that I wanted to make my own keema recipe and I made good on that goal after spending time tinkered away with a barrage of spices and some damn hot chilies to get a keema Kebabs that lived up to that first taste many months earlier.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Chicken Pakistani Skewers Kebabs Recipe Grilling http://www.meatwave.com/blog/pakistani-spicy-ground-chicken-keema-kebabs-recipe
Sauced: Garland Jack's Secret Six Country Honey Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-country-honey-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Garland Jack's Secret Six Country Honey Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

Its "Country Honey" label lets you know upfront that this is one sweet sauce, but it's not overpoweringly sugary, making it a decent supermarket choice for those needing to feed their sweet tooth in barbecue sauce form.

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/garland-jacks-secret-six-country-honey-barbecue-sauce-review
Smoked Chicken Salad http://www.meatwave.com/blog/barbecue-smoked-chicken-salad-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Chicken Salad

I like to fill my smoker as much as possible whenever running it—why waste good heat and space? Plus, I contend that the more meat in there, the better things seem to come out. So when I started a fire primarily to smoke only a few duck breasts to make duck pastrami, it seemed almost criminal not to throw in some additional items that I could potentially eat throughout the week. That's how this idea for a smoked chicken salad was born—to make use of that prime smoking space now and end with something that will hold in the fridge and can enjoyed over the coming week.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Grilling Recipes Chicken Salad http://www.meatwave.com/blog/barbecue-smoked-chicken-salad-recipe
Board Meating http://www.meatwave.com/blog/board-meating Joshua Bousel Board Meating

The last Meatwave was over two months ago. That's what I believe is colloquially referred to as a "bloody shame." You loyal readers may not have noticed because I've kept those meaty recipes coming consistently throughout the summer, but the last time I hosted my friends for an all out meat-filled bash was all the way back at the end of July. It had been way too long, so I rectified the situation this past weekend with an immense Tiki-inspired feast, served against the backdrop of a beautifully sunny and unseasonably warm 80 degree fall day.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com/blog/board-meating
Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Basil and Parmesan Mayo http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cremini-mushrooms-stuffed-with-basil-and-parmesan-mayo-spanish-tapas-recipe Joshua Bousel Revenge of the Meatwads

Right now I'm suffering from a lack of vacation. Sure I've done a few long weekend outings and had time off with the family, but nothing really where I've been able to get away and remove myself from the world in a way that my brain seems to require at least once a year. I have something on the books to look forward to, but right now that can't soon enough and I've found myself reminiscing on vacations of yore to remember the feeling of escape that I'm in eager anticipation of right now. My last real getaway was to Spain over a year and half ago, and as part of my looking back, I've been awash in the fondness of all that I ate there. Mostly those meals were tapas, and I surprisingly found my favorite dishes were those that included only a few ingredients, but they came together in such a way that their centerpiece was heightened to a type of deliciousness I hadn't quite experienced before.

One example of that were these unassuming grilled mushroom caps stuffed with a green mayo that had a great herbal and garlicky flavor. I tried to recreate something similar after I got home, and am proud to say that even if these cremini mushrooms stuffed with basil and parmesan mayo are not a 100% direct copy, they're every bit as incredible as their inspiration.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Spanish Grilling Recipes Mushrooms http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-cremini-mushrooms-stuffed-with-basil-and-parmesan-mayo-spanish-tapas-recipe
Sauced: Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-sweet-heat-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Trifecta Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 9 out of 10

An exemplary ubiquitous barbecue sauce that builds layers of sweetness, tang, fruitiness, and heat against a very bright and clean base that makes it really stand out in crowded field of barbecue sauces.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/trifecta-sweet-heat-barbecue-sauce-review
Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers http://www.meatwave.com/blog/spicy-cumin-lamb-skewers-recipe Joshua Bousel Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

If you're from New York, I doubt you need to hear another love story about Xi'an Famous Foods—a now prolific restaurant that made the cuisine of the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an fairly well known here. Still, I need to give full credit to them for igniting my love for the marriage of cumin and lamb. This pairing makes up most of their best dishes and are the ones I found myself ordering time and again in different forms under the flickering fluorescent lights in the subterranean Golden Mall in Flushing, Queen where they got their start. These particular spicy cumin lamb skewers are a direct influence of that, bringing together the flavors I'm now quite familiar with onto one easily grill-able stick.

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Lamb Asian Grilling Recipes http://www.meatwave.com/blog/spicy-cumin-lamb-skewers-recipe