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

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
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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.

Thu Oct 24, 2019

Filipino Bistek Rolls

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Bistek Rolls

I was really excited to share some of my favorites of Filipino foods with my NC friends a couple months back, and when crafting a menu, the hardest thing for me to do was to pick only a handful of recipes from the tons of things I would have loved to cooked. To me, so many things were crucial to understanding the breadth of Filipino cuisine, and cutting dishes made me feel like I was going to end up with too narrow of a sampling. That's how I ended up making these bistek rolls, which really featured three separate recipes that all had their own unique Filipino stamps—sweet pan de sal, salty and savory bistek, and tart anchara. I was super happy how these came together, but when writing up the recipe, I realized that the undertaking might be a bit much for the average cook, although there's a lot of value, and a lot of delicious, in each piece of these mini-sandwiches.

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Thu Oct 17, 2019

Herbed Mushroom Ricotta Toasts

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Herbed Mushroom Ricotta Toasts

Last year I was grilling up a steak dinner, and to make use of the heat remaining in the coals after cooking the steak and also to get a new recipe to write about on the blog, I ended up making a batch of herb-crusted mushrooms. It was kind of a last minute and simple recipe that I thought would be sort of a throw away in the end—good enough to get a post out of, but not something to keep coming back to. To my surprise, both my wife and I ended up having a strong affinity for those herbal and garlicky mushrooms that were a perfect pairing with a hearty steak, and almost immediately I saw the recipe having legs beyond that singular use. That's how I ended up getting to these herbed mushroom ricotta toasts, which I made for a Meatwave that was comprised of bite-size party foods.

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Tue Oct 15, 2019

Sauced: Swamp Boys Original BBQ Sauce

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Swamp Boys Original BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Swamp Boys Original BBQ Sauce
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Cost
$7.99 for 19oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Tomato Paste, Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Agave Syrup, Worcestershire Sauce, Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses, Salt, Liquid Smoke, Honey, Distilled Vinegar, Vanilla Extract, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Paprika and Spices
Color
Dark Maroon
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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Swamp Boys delivers the characteristics of an exemplary competition barbecue sauce—glossy coating, attractive color, and a crowd pleasing barbecue flavor.

Thu Oct 10, 2019

Nam Prik Noom

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Nam Prik Noom

My love of Thai food was a driving force in choosing Thailand as a vacation destination a couple years back. I was way more in tune to what I hoped to eat there over sites I wanted to see, and with only a short timeframe in the country, time in the North was a requirement for getting those important eats in. Chiang Mai became our home base city for most of the trip and it quickly became my second favorite city I've ever been do (Barcelona will likely always be my number one) and I wasted no time eating as soon as I got there. After tossing my bags in the hotel room, I ventured out and went straight to the market, where I picked up a plastic bag of nam prik noom—a Thai roasted chili dip—along with a bundle of pork rinds for dipping, which became my primary snack during my stay. That savory and spicy dip was just one of the many things that left a lasting impression on me, and also something I don't see stateside very often, so it made sense for it to become something I needed to learn to cook at home.

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