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

Thu Nov 14, 2019

Smoked Lechon Liempo

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Smoked Lechon Liempo

Looking back, my first attempts at grilled pork belly were woefully lacking. I feel a little bad those recipes still live on and folks might use them because I now know how to make far superior specimens, including ones with incredible crackling skin. One of the best pieces of pork belly I ever cooked was a smoked porchetta last summer, and my guests definitely agreed with a few of them bringing up that dish again and again. Needing content for the blog means there aren't a lot of repeats at my cookouts, but I had a desire to relive the greatness of the porchetta this summer, so simply made the same recipe, but changed up the seasonings to be Filipino-based and ended up with another incredible output—smoked lechon liempo.

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Tue Nov 12, 2019

Sauced: Cof-Fee-Que

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The Roasterie Cof-Fee-Que

Sauce Stats

Name
Cof-Fee-Que Barbecue Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$4.99 for 15oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Cane Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Tomato Paste, Molasses, Spices, Espresso Grounds, Cocoa Powder, Dried Garlic, Onion Powder, Vanilla Extract, Ginger Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Tamarind Concentrate
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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While coffee imparts a unique roasted flavor in this sauce, it's complexity is taken even further with sweet chocolate and savory tamarind notes to make this a really unique and incredibly delicious sauce.

Thu Nov 7, 2019

Grilled Pineapple Pizza

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Grilled Pineapple Pizza

Pizza friends are the best friends! A shared love of pizza ensures that when two of my closest friends and I get together, that we're very likely going to be spending our time indulging in hot pies. These two wonderful humans also get the credit for getting me to move to North Carolina, and on one of our earlier dinners as new neighbors, I offered to pick up some pizzas on the way to their house and they made me promise not to judge them when they gave me their order of a pizza topped with pineapple, red onion, and finished with a barbecue swirl. I really didn't have any qualms over their order, but if I had, they would have melted away quickly with one bite because that topping combo was indeed a winner. So when I hosted them for a backyard pizza party recently, it made sense to me to recreate that pie, but I added a few of my own touches to the formula by grilling the pineapple and adding pickled jalapeños, both elevating an already great pie even more.

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Thu Oct 31, 2019

Smoked Carnitas Taquitos

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Smoked Carnitas Taquitos

Figuring out what to do with leftover pulled pork has become a standard fall activity for me. Each summer I smoke extra pork butts for the express purpose of freezing and continuing to get my barbecue fix throughout the fall and winter when I'm less likely to be cooking up larger cuts due to Meatwave dormancy. This past summer I did something a bit different though—instead of making my standard pulled pork recipe, I gave my smoked butts a carnitas-influenced seasoning to delicious results. Now, having a few bags of this sitting in my freezer, my brain has been wandering into Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired uses, which got me to these fantastic smoked carnitas taquitos.

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Tue Oct 29, 2019

Sauced: Sam Jones East N.C. Sweet Heat

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Sam Jones East NC Sweet Heat

Sauce Stats

Name
Sam Jones East N.C. Sweet Heat
Produced by
Cost
$7.00 for 17.25oz at Sam Jones BBQ
Ingredients
Water, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Hot Sauce, Tomato Paste, Spices, Corn Syrup, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Spices, Artificial Color
Color
Rusty red
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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Delivering an exemplary Eastern North Carolina tang and heat, this sauce is destined to make your smoked pork really shine.