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

Thu Jun 13, 2019

Smoked Barbecue Jackfruit

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Barbecue Jackfruit

I'm now enjoying my fifth summer here in Durham, which also marks the amount of time I've been more consciously cooking vegetarian recipes at The Meatwave. That fateful move had a rather unexpected outcome of my meatless constituency rising dramatically, and I've become a lot more adept at vegetarian grilling since then. I've realized recently that in doing that, I've fallen into a predicable pattern of picking up some extra-firm tofu and just marinading it in whatever sauce I already have going for other meat dishes. This has undoubtedly resulted in some rather tasty concoctions, and also allows my vegetarian guests have an experience similar to the meat-eaters, but it's also kind of left me in a rut where I'm not considering all the possibilities out there to make things more unique and even more delicious. So when I was planning my large Carne-val celebration this year, where pulled pork is often on the menu, I didn't go straight for the tofu (which I've done before) and instead looked to smoked and pulled jackfruit to deliver up a great barbecue experience that every Meatwaver could enjoy.

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Tue Jun 11, 2019

Sauced: Boss Bell's BBQ Brew

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Boss Bell's BBQ Brew

Sauce Stats

Name
Boss Bell's BBQ Brew
Produced by
Cost
$5.49 for 16oz at Boss Bell's BBQ Brew
Ingredients
Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sugar, Margarine, Tomato Puree, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Raisin Paste, Crushed Orange Puree, Xanthan Gum, Anchovies, Tamarind Extract, Propylene Glycol Alginate Soy, Spices, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A unique mixture of ingredients makes this sauce have a special complexity and delicious nuances that leaves it worthy of seeking out.

Thu Jun 6, 2019

Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches

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Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches

I grew up with a mother who had a soft spot for fast food roast beef sandwiches, so it's no surprise that I also have an engrained fondness for this staple, and marrying someone who shares this love means it's steadily remained in my diet, and will likely do so for a long time. As much as fast food roast beef will always provide me with a level of comfort, I can still admit that they're really not all that good. That got me to thinking, what would a true beef and cheddar sandwich taste like, one that starts with a whole beef roast cooked medium-rare on the grill, that is then topped with a real cheddar cheese sauce, and a spiced ketchup made with ingredients you can pronounce—well the result is these incredible homemade beef and cheddar sandwiches.

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Thu May 30, 2019

Vietnamese Pork Chops

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Vietnamese Pork Chops

Pork chops? Meh. That's my general feeling on this cut of meat. I am a sucker and order them now and again when I see them on menus, but I think the times I've been disappointed by them have outnumbered the instances when they've left me with something to talk about. I do have a soft spot though for Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops, but I've been burned by these too before, adding to my soured perception overall. I figured if I make them at home though, they're bound to be delicious, and on my first shot at cooking them I used Kenji's recipe, which outputted the best Vietnamese pork chops I've ever had, and maybe just the best porks chops overall too.

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Tue May 28, 2019

Sauced: Southern Belles Ms. Mango

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Southern Belles Ms. Mango

Sauce Stats

Name
Southern Belles Gourmet BBQ Ms. Mango Sauce
Cost
$10.00 for 12oz for at Southern Belles Gourmet BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, Sugars, Corn Syrup, Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, Hickory Smoke Flavor, Molasses, Lemon Juice, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper Extract, Tamarind Extract, Anchovies, Spice & Coloring, Mango
Color
Reddish-Orange
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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An extra boost of fruitiness lifts this sauce above others, providing a well balanced and layered barbecue flavor with that extra touch to make it special.