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

Thu Apr 4, 2019

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burgers

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Sparrow Veggie Burgers

My first experiences with vegetarian eating consisted almost exclusively of foods that masqueraded as meat—veggie bacon, burgers, nuggets, dogs, etc. My brain wasn't down with that and had trouble accepting eating something that is trying to taste like meat, but isn't really, and I was put off for a long time. As my vegetarian Meatwave constituency continues to grow and I'm finding myself crafting more and more meatless recipes, I'm becoming more in tune to what I personally like about veggie recipes, and that's not trying to make something taste like meat, but make it taste like what it is—vegetables. I think that may be a big reason why the veggie burger at the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria is so loved. This local haunt from my past life in NYC doesn't do a veggie burger that has any semblance of its meaty origins beyond its shape, instead it tastes like a delicious medley of vegetables that's totally satisfying on a number of levels. So when I decided to try to make a veggie burger at home, it was a no brainer for me to start with some facsimile of the recipe used at Sparrow.

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Tue Apr 2, 2019

Sauced: Bootsie's Sweet n' Smokey

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Bootsie's Sweet n' Smoky

Sauce Stats

Name
Sweet n' Smokey BBQ Sauce Review
Cost
$6.99 for oz at Bootsie's Delta Funk BBQ
Ingredients
Honey, Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Hot Sauce, Vinegar, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Coriander, Liquid Smoke, Cumin, Cherry Extract, Crushed Red Pepper, Allspice, Ginger
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
910
out of 10
Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
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Bootsie's Sweet n' Smokey delivers on a big and bold barbecue flavor in the best way possible.

Thu Mar 28, 2019

Xi'an-style Cumin Lamb Burgers

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Cumin Lamb Burgers

On my frequent trips to New York for work, more often than not, I find myself choosing either Thai or Chinese for dinner because my love of both of those cuisines cannot be fully satisfied by the options available in Durham. For Chinese, I usually end up at Xi-an Famous Foods since they're easy to find it most areas of the city, and the menu is filled entirely with items I can't get at home. I'm so excited to say that is no longer true though with the opening of Sister Liu's Kitchen in Durham, which, in addition to the massive amount of dumpling options they're outputting, also make Chinese-style burgers, and they're really top notch. So when I decided to make these Xi'an-style cumin lamb burgers at my first Meatwave of 2019, the impetus wasn't trying to recreate something I can't get here (as a lot of my recipes are these days), but rather it was born from an enthusiasm that I can now have these delicious burgers in my life way more often!

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Tue Mar 19, 2019

Sauced: Guinness Barbecue Sauce

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Guinness Barbecue Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Guinness Barbecue Sauce
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Cost
Approximately $3.60 for 11.6oz at BritSuperstore
Ingredients
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Water, Concentrated Tomato Paste, Guinness® Beer, Barley Malt Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Smoked Paprika, Citric Acid, Plain Caramel Color, Black Pepper, Natural Flavorings, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Cinnamon, Potassium Sorbate
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
310
out of 10
Only in a Pinch
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The strong roasted flavor of stout gives this sauce a very astringent flavor out of the jar, but finds better footing after being cooked.

Thu Mar 14, 2019

Arepas with Skirt Steak, Black Beans, and Cheese

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Grilled Steak Arepa

Back in my old hood of Astoria, NY, we had an amazing arepas joint called Arepas Cafe. I was instantly enamored with my first taste of these Venezuelan stuffed corn cakes, and while I tested the waters early on of all different types of fillings, I found my three favorites and have stuck to ordering only those year after year. So when I was making arepas at home a few years back, two of my beloved varieties—the Reina and Guyanesa Tropical—were on the menu, but I also tossed one new variation into the mix with this arepa filled with black beans, grilled skirt steak, and cheddar cheese.

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