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

Thu Jan 23, 2020

Yakitori Wings

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Yakitori Wings

The start of the 2020 Meatwave season is still a few months off, but I can't help already planning and getting excited for that day. Part of the reason I'm jumping the gun a little with plotting recipes is that I decided to make the kickoff a Tiki-influence affair after a similar cookout last year was one of the most fun events we've ever hosted. I had a few wing recipes in contention to grill up that day, but these yakitori wings won out the others mainly because they made use of a tare sauce I was already producing as a finishing glaze for bacon-wrapped mochi. Just like that mochi, these didn't disappoint with their addictive sweet and savory profile that made going for seconds and thirds a must!

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Tue Jan 21, 2020

Sauced: Tillman's Barbecue Competition Brew

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Tillman's Competition Brew

Sauce Stats

Name
Tillman's Barbecue Competition Brew
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 22.7oz at Tillman's Barbecue
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Sugar, Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Spice, Paprika, Black Pepper
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A competition approved sweet profile gets a lot of depth by way of Worcestershire along with a mellow heat and tang to create an overall crowd-pleasing flavor.

Thu Jan 16, 2020

Piri Piri Wings

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Piri Piri Wings

Piri piri wings have been on my radar for quite awhile to try out, but not being all that familiar with piri piri sauce, I've let them sit on the sidelines for a long time. Nothing has really changed about my knowledge and interaction piri piri sauce, but I decided to just go for it this year, knowing that one day I'll probably look back and know what I put out into the world may have been somewhat ill-informed, although it is certainly delicious. So with that disclaimer, here's my first shot at some piri piri wings.

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Thu Jan 9, 2020

Thai Red Curry Wings

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Thai Red Curry Wings

With my increased interest in Thai cooking over the past year, it should come as no surprise there would be a Thai-inspired wing tossed into the mix of this year's Wing Month. The main reason I began cooking Thai food at home was to try to get more authentic flavors than what local restaurants serve up, and having familiarized myself with a lot of those special ingredients, these Thai red curry wings take full advantage of that knowledge and make no compromise or substitutions on what's more traditional. That may make the final recipe a little daunting to some, but you have to trust me, seeking out and learning about these flavors and ingredients pays off immensely in the end.

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Tue Jan 7, 2020

Sauced: Kosmos Q Cherry Habanero

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Kosmos Q Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Kosmos Q Cherry Habanero Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$9.95 for 15.5oz at Kosmo's Q
Ingredients
Cane Sugar, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Tomato Paste, Tart Cherries, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Salt, Honey, Habanero Mash, Onion Powder, Granulated Garlic, Natural Smoke Flavor, Chili Powder, Tamarind Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Vanilla Extract
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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Adding an additional fruity layer by way of cherry and extra heat via habaneros, this competition-based sauce levels up from its peers and delivers a versatile and crowd-pleasing flavor.