The Meatwave: Barbecue & Grilling Recipes, Reviews, Tips, and Tricks

Tue Aug 5, 2014

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

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Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

My discovery of halloumi cheese is worthy of being called a "life changing moment." I remember it clearly—BZ Grill, a (then) new gyro shop opened up a few blocks away from where I was living in Astoria, Queens. My wife and I went for the gryos, which still rank as the best I've ever had, but upon perusing the menu, my better half opted for a halloumi sandwich.

Having never seen or heard of this hard Cypriot goat or sheep's milk cheese before, I was in awe as I watched the cook cut off slices and place them directly on the grill. The cheese not only kept its shape, but browned like a meat or veggie would over the high, direct heat. As if that weren't enough, the flavor and texture were incredible—slighty salty, a little tangy with a chew and squeak that I found really satisfying.

Ever since then, halloumi has become a regular item on my grill, but I tend to not do much with it beyond piling it into a pita or putting it in the occasional salad. Trying to think of different ways to use this grillable cheese, I came up with these halloumi and vegetable skewers, where it continued to triumph.

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Thu Jul 31, 2014

Sauced: Sticky Fingers Habañero Hot Barbecue Sauce

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Sticky Fingers Habañero Hot Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Sticky Fingers Smokehouse Habañero Hot Barbecue Sauce
Cost
$4.29 for 18oz at Sticky Fingers
Ingredients
Water, Vinegar, Tomato Paste, Molasses, Sugar, Aged Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor, Lime Juice Concentrate, Spices, Dextrose, Garlic, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Maltodextrin, Habañero Pepper, Onion, Tamarind, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Sunflower Oil
Color
Dark Brown
Meatwave Rating
210
out of 10
Take a Pass
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Sticky fingers not worth licking is a troubling proposition, but that's exactly what this sauce delivers with its overly smoky and acrid flavor that tastes unnatural and over processed.

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Spicy and Chunky Baba Ghanoush

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Chunky & Spicy Baba Ghanoush

While in Southern Spain last spring, I came across a baba ghanoush in a Moroccan restaurant that was so starkly different than what I make that it ignited a desire to try to put together something similar as soon as I got home. It took me a few years to get a baba ghanoush recipe I really loved, and since then, I haven't changed a thing, but this new variation challenged me to rethink how to put together this smoky eggplant dip. My recipe was smooth, this dip was chunky. My recipe was mellow, this had a kick of heat to it. My recipe was thick and creamy, this one was thinner and oily (in a good way). So I had my work cut out for me, but I was up to the task and this spicy and chunky baba ghanoush is what came out of it.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

Meat Tips: Gauging the Heat

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Grilling Guide

Continuing on the trend of dispersing some grilling basics over this summer, after finding the best coal arrangement for your cook, the next biggest thing is getting to know how hot your fire is and how to control it. Different foods like different heats—while a steak will appreciate a nice searing heat, over the same fire a chicken will quickly burn to a crisp before it ever has the chance to cook—so gauging your fire's temperature is a crucial step before slamming down some food.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

Moroccan-spiced Meatballs

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Moroccan-spiced Meatballs

Meatballs aren't usually associated with the grill, but they're becoming the meat form of choice for me when I want to do a ground meat creation that brings in influence from other cuisines and cultures. When done with the right consistency, meatballs actually cook incredibly well over a live fire and are so quick to make and versatile, they've served me well again and again in many variations, including: Greek, barbecue, Italian, and now, Moroccan.

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