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

Thu Mar 12, 2020

Filipino Barbecue Tofu Baos

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Filipino BBQ Baos

With Filipino restaurant options in the Triangle extremely limited, some extra effort is required for me to share this delicious cuisine with my friends. Luckily, our local Asian grocery is well stocked with Filipino ingredients, so when I decided to host Filipino-themed cookout last summer, I was able to get what I needed to cook up a menu with some level of authenticity. A major challenge arrived in the plotting of recipes though—this cuisine is definitely short on vegetarian options and I have a large vegetarian constituency that want to partake too. Filipino barbecue was a must for one of the dishes, but this sweet marinade is usually applied to pork and chicken, so I tried it out on tofu to give all of my guests the ability to experience it, and I'm happy to say these Filipino barbecue tofu buns both worked great and were a hit!

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Thu Mar 5, 2020

Meyer Lemon and Olive Pizza

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Lemon & Olive Pizza

My wife and I have a Friday night tradition of splitting a pie at our favorite local pizza shop, Pizzeria Toro, then catching the Retro double feature at the Carolina Theatre. Usually we're fairly agreeable on toppers and picking a pie to split is not an issue, but there are a few sticky topping choices, one of them being olives. I'm in the anti-olives camp, so when a lemon and olive pizza came on the menu that my wife wanted, I resisted the first couple times she asked to get it. On the third request though I relented and then was instantly sorry I pushed back on pervious visits because it was one incredibly simple, yet super effective, topping combination and became our favorite pizza at Toro.

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Tue Mar 3, 2020

Sauced: Bubba-Q's Spicy Honey Bourbon BBQ

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Bubba-Q's Spicy Honey Bourbon BBQ

Sauce Stats

Name
Bubba-Q's Spicy Honey Bourbon BBQ
Produced by
Cost
$7.99 for 16oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Brown Sugar, Apple Juice, Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar, Pineapple Juice, Honey, Steak Seasoning, Molasses, Onion Powder, Celery Salt, Smoke Flavor, Bourbon Alcohol, De Arbol Peppers, Cayenne Pepper, Seasoning Salt, Dried Garlic, Chili Powder, Spices
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
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A sauce packing a lot of complexity and great punch of heat, Bubba-Q's Spicy is ready to handle just about any meat you want to slather it on.

Thu Feb 27, 2020

Kielbasa Bites

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Kielbasa Bites

Looking back at the first couple months of recipes in 2020, I realized everything I shared is either process heavy, ingredient heavy, or both. So I thought it was apt to change direction a bit with something really easy, but no less delicious, with these kielbasa bites. The idea for these came to me at the end of last summer when I had a strong craving for my standard order of grilled kielbasa that I got at the Beer Garden in Astoria, NY. After living in the neighborhood for over 10 years, that plate of charred sausage served alongside rye bread, mustard, and sauerkraut had become a real comfort to me, and I usually get back to the Beer Garden at least once a year to get my fix during my frequent work trips to New York, but never made it in 2019, so that required me to take matters into my own hands.

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Thu Feb 20, 2020

Chicken Tikka Naan Pizzas

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Chicken Tikka Pizza

When I closed out Wing Month with some chicken tikka wings, I remembered that I never shared this recipe for a chicken tikka naan pizza I made a couple years ago now. At the time, I had tried out two naan pizza ideas, one with paneer and the other with chicken, and the paneer was a clear favorite among the crowd, so I got the recipe up pretty quickly, but the chicken tikka incarnation was nearly as delicious and is totally deserving of its own post. So without further ado, enjoy this very tasty grilled chicken tikka naan pizza!

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