The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2017 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us How to Grill Bacon http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-grill-bacon-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Bacon

I was in the process of prepping a post I'm excited to share that involved some blackened burgers topped with pepper jack, bacon, and remoulade. In working out the details of the recipe, I began elaborating on my method to grill bacon and came to the realization that I had never really shared this before on the blog. So I put that burger recipe aside for a week to bring you this special presentation of something we should all know how to do—grill bacon.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/how-to-grill-bacon-recipe
Barbecue Tofu Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-tofu-sandwiches-with-mustard-coleslaw-recipe Joshua Bousel Barbecue Tofu

Barbecue tofu—two words I never thought I would write together on my blog proudly dubbed "The Meatwave." In spite of that title, I have always wanted my cookouts to be an open space for all diets alike, although I admit that non-meaty efforts have been half-hearted in the past. My new reality in North Carolina though is I have almost as many vegetarian friends as meat eaters, so making sure everyone leaves stuffed requires greater attention to non-meaty pursuits, which you may have noticed are becoming more numerous in the recipe archive. Still, I've always been a fan of food in natural forms, being turned off from tofu, which I found odd and unappetizing on a personal level. I've been coming around to tofu though—mainly enjoyed in Asian dishes so far—and thought it was time for me to let go of this hang up and use my barbecue know-how to make what would hopefully be the tastiest barbecue tofu for all of my Meatwave guests to enjoy, vegetarian or not.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Vegetarian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-tofu-sandwiches-with-mustard-coleslaw-recipe
Sauced: 12 Bones Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/12-bones-blueberry-chipotle-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel 12 Bones Smokehouse Blueberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A strong blueberry base sets this sauce apart from the outset, but its the well formed layers of sweet, tangy, smoky, and spicy that make that extra fruity base come together into a great barbecue sauce.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/12-bones-blueberry-chipotle-barbecue-sauce-review
Orange-honey Glazed Ham http://www.meatwave.com/blog/orange-honey-glazed-holiday-ham-recipe Joshua Bousel Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

If you want to get real deep with the Meatwave, I'd tell you it all started with ham at the age of four. It was at that fateful time that my parents decided to start keeping kosher and deprive me of my favorite food of all time—ham! I vowed once leaving home, I would never again bound myself to a diet based on religion, mainly because I wanted to eat pork to my heart's content, but also because it was hard to reconcile what was supposed to be positive force in life being one that kept me from achieving a more pure happiness. So it went, once going to college I shunned kashrut and when I got into cooking, you could say my draw to all things smoked hog could have been linked to both an exercise in freedom and making up for lost time. While this blog has been more of a forum for slow smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and the like, sweet city ham will always be my first porcine love, and this orange-honey glazed ham is a representation of that adoration.

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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Barbecue Recipes Pork http://www.meatwave.com/blog/orange-honey-glazed-holiday-ham-recipe
North Carolina Slaw Dogs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/north-carolina-bright-leaf-red-hot-dogs-with-chili-coleslaw-and-mustard Joshua Bousel Carolina Slaw Dog

Well, we hit a milestone here at the Meatwave without me even noticing—my last recipe post clocked in at number 365, which means you can now cook a different dish from this blog every day of the year. Thinking about this achievement had me reminiscing about the early days of my grilling efforts, where hot dogs and frozen burger were served embedded with the faint flavor of lighter fluid as I put my foot forward on a path I would have never guessed would take me to where I am today. So I thought it fitting for recipe 366—which let's you now cook a unique recipe each day in a leap year—to harken back to those simpler days, but mix in some present day know-how with a stamp of where I currently am in life, which combined to equate to these Carolina slaw dogs.

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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Sausage http://www.meatwave.com/blog/north-carolina-bright-leaf-red-hot-dogs-with-chili-coleslaw-and-mustard
Sauced: Country Boy's Hot Num Num Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/country-boys-hot-num-num-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Country Boy's Hot Num Num Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 9 out of 10

An extremely bright and fresh tomato flavor with well balanced sweetness, tang, and spice rocket Country Boy's Hot Num Num Barbecue Sauce into the top ranks of barbecue sauce.

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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/country-boys-hot-num-num-barbecue-sauce-review
Chicken Tikka http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-boneless-chicken-tikka-breasts-recipe Joshua Bousel Chicken Tikka

When transitioning from a picky eater to my less-than current state, there were a number of "gateway" foods that led me into enjoying cuisines I normally would have shunned. For Indian food, that item was chicken tikka. It's easy to understand why—these boneless chicken chunks marinated in a fairly mildly spiced-yogurt sauce and then cooked in a tandoor were on the spectrum of the usual type of chicken I enjoyed, just with a slightly different flavor profile. It was my go-to at any Indian meal for a long time, but I can't even remember anymore the last time I ordered chicken tikka, or any tandoori chicken for that matter, as I've found more pleasure in dishes like spicy vindaloo or creamy saag paneer. Still, there will always be a fond place in my heart of chicken tikka, and developing a recipe for it recently brought back some comforting memories.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Chicken Skewers Indian Kebabs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-indian-boneless-chicken-tikka-breasts-recipe
Meat Casa es su Casa http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meat-casa-es-su-casa Joshua Bousel Meat Casa es su Casa

With the Meatwave turning 13 this year, we've run through a whole lot of meat puns for names to date. So much so that I feel like I'm often scraping the bottom of the barrel these days, picking up names that years ago we rejected as not being quality enough. So I when I decided to do another Mexican-inspired spread for this latest meaty installment, I spent days trying to think of a new name that was at least halfway decent. I came up with enough passable options, but then late one night with my eyes starting to shutter from exhaustion, it just popped into my head—Meat Casa es su Casa. It was so perfect and worked on so many levels that I couldn't believe no Meatwaver had previously thought of it. Proud of my fleeting moment of brilliance (or what passes for brilliance in my mind), I slapped the name on the calendar, sent out an invite, and what follows are the delectable delights born to fill out the menu.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave Mexican http://www.meatwave.com/blog/meat-casa-es-su-casa
Naan http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-homemade-indian-naan-bread-recipe Joshua Bousel Naan

A few weeks back you could find me waxing poetics on tender and flaky paratha. Yes, I do love that bread, but when it comes down to it, I don't think I've ever had an Indian meal where I wasn't compelled to order naan. This simple, soft bread customarily baked in tandoors—large, super hot clay ovens—is a creature comfort of mine and was rightfully one of the first breads I ever attempted to make at home. I have had a sordid past with bread baking, and previous tries at naan had left me frustrated with lackluster results, but that relationship has been growing more prosperous and I assumed with more know-how under my belt, I'm finally in a position to make an ideal naan.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Bread Indian http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-homemade-indian-naan-bread-recipe
Sauced: Kingsford Brown Sugar Applewood Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-brown-sugar-applewood-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Kingsford Brown Sugar Applewood Barbecue Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 6 out of 10

A robust tomato-based barbecue sauce with the molasses and vinegar standard bearers gets an upfront, but natural, smoky character that one-ups the competition of similar supermarket barbecue sauces.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/kingsford-brown-sugar-applewood-barbecue-sauce-review