The Meatwave http://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2018 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Barbecue Beef Lettuce Wraps http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-beef-lettuce-wraps-recipe Joshua Bousel Barbecue Beef Lettuce Wraps

It's kind of odd that barbecue is a summertime cuisine—is large amounts of hefty, fatty meat really what you're craving when it's scorching hot and humid outside? I think we only really say "yes" because of the years of tradition behind smoked and grilled meats, but I wondered, in a more pragmatic reality, if I wanted something grilled on an oppressively hot day, what would that be? At least one answer to that question ended up being these barbecue beef lettuce wraps, which deliver a ton of familiar summertime flavors in a more light and refreshing manner.

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Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:01:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-barbecue-beef-lettuce-wraps-recipe
Sauced: Buxton Hall Red BBQ Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/buxton-hall-barbecue-red-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Buxton Hall Red BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A well balanced standard barbecue profile, with a notable freshness and meaty quality, makes Buxton Hall's Red BBQ Sauce a great choice for most applications.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/buxton-hall-barbecue-red-bbq-sauce-review
Pastrami Reubens http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-smoked-pastrami-reuben-sandwiches-recipe Joshua Bousel Pastrami Reubens

I've done pastrami all sorts of ways at home—traditional, with short ribs, with duck, and even the Montreal equivalent—but for some reason, I've never made it into reubens at a Meatwave. I know, I know, a traditional reuben is made with corned beef, but given the choice between pastrami or corned beef, are you really going to opt for the later, less tasty, cured meat? So when I decided I wanted to make some pastrami for my Memorial Day blowout this year, it was a no brainer to finally assemble it some ruebens to share with my guests and all of you!

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Beef Sandwiches http://www.meatwave.com/blog/homemade-smoked-pastrami-reuben-sandwiches-recipe
Smoked Duck Ssam http://www.meatwave.com/blog/korean-smoked-duck-ssam-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Duck Ssam

I'm not really sure why I don't cook duck more often. In many ways, it reigns supreme over other poultry—it's definitely more flavorful and fattier than your chicken and turkey mainstays, which are huge plusses in my book. I guess the fact that it's not normally out with the standard birds, tucked away often in the freezer section, makes it kind of out of sight and out of mind. When I was considering making ssams—essentially Korean lettuce wraps—for a Meawave recently, duck did jump right up there as a great idea for a meat filling, and I'm glad it did because this smoked duck ssam was really amazing.

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Thu, 31 May 2018 11:45:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Duck Asian Korean Rotisserie http://www.meatwave.com/blog/korean-smoked-duck-ssam-recipe
Sauced: Lewis Original Red Barbecue Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/lewis-barbecue-original-red-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Lewis Barbecue Original Red

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

This sauce is John Lewis's take on a pretty undefinable Texas style and it comes out so good that you could argue this is a sauce by which other Texas sauces should be measured against.

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Tue, 29 May 2018 19:50:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/lewis-barbecue-original-red-barbecue-sauce-review
Bruleed Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/bruleed-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Bruleed Ribs

I know relocating south put me in the heart of barbecue country, but I actually felt more connected to the community when I was in New York. A big part of that was due to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which brings pitmasters from across the country into the city for one fantastic weekend. As this year's event approaches, I feel a longing for the times when I could see all my friends I've made over the years all in one weekend, not to mention partaking in the excellent meats being smoked up. One such past offering from the event that holds a warm spot in my heart are the ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse, which are finished with a torching to give them a really unique, sweet crust. In honor of of those ribs, I tried out the method myself with my standard spare ribs recipe, ending up with what I'm calling "bruleed ribs."

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Thu, 24 May 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork Ribs http://www.meatwave.com/blog/bruleed-ribs-recipe
Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-smoked-pork-shoulder-burritos-recipe Joshua Bousel Chili-rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder Burritos

If you're anything like me, your Memorial Day prep is already underway. I actually used to not host cookouts on the big grilling holidays because, chances were, someone else was planning one. That changed in recent years though, and I've found that when you invite people over for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, everyone shows up. That translates to cooking up large smoked meats, where just a few things can feed the immense crowd. Pork shoulder is my go-to, and the recipe from Big Bob Gibson is my standard, but I do get tired of always doing pulled pork the exact same way, so I came up with something different to offer as an alternative to the usual—a chili-rubbed smoked pork shoulder served as burritos.

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Thu, 17 May 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork Mexican http://www.meatwave.com/blog/chili-rubbed-smoked-pork-shoulder-burritos-recipe
Sauced: 17th Street Mike's Original http://www.meatwave.com/blog/17th-street-barbecue-mikes-original-sauce-review Joshua Bousel 17th St Barbecue Sauce Mike's Original

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

Possessing a very well balanced barbecue profile, with a notable increase in mustard, 17th Street Barbecue Mike's Original delivers a real crowd pleasing flavor.

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Tue, 15 May 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce http://www.meatwave.com/blog/17th-street-barbecue-mikes-original-sauce-review
Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-bok-choy-with-ginger-garlic-dressing-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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Thu, 10 May 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetables Vegetarian Asian Sides http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-bok-choy-with-ginger-garlic-dressing-recipe
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Shrimp http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-chipotle-lime-shrimp-recipe Joshua Bousel Chipotle-Lime Shrimp

Sometimes I feel like the entire world loves shrimp except me. I've been seafood averse my whole life, and while I'm more tolerant of sea creatures nowadays, shrimp has not followed suit and remains pretty firmly avoided. Knowing I'm somewhat isolated in this respect, I feel like I can't not cook shrimp, and if I'm going to cook it, I'm going to grill it up the best it can be. So with some tricks to success and a delicious chipotle-lime sauce, I ended up with a dish here that even I partook in, albeit in a smaller than normal quantity.

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Thu, 03 May 2018 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Seafood http://www.meatwave.com/blog/grilled-chipotle-lime-shrimp-recipe