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

Appetizers

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 Dec 26, 2019

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatball Skewers

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Cheeseburger Meatballs

When I decided to throw a cocktail party themed cookout aptly name "The Meat Ball," it felt wrong not to include at least one meatball creation on the menu. My problem with crafting the menu for this Meatwave though was that I had so many ideas, cutting them down was difficult, and in the end I made an unprecedented nine new recipes. So that left me with a need to focus on the simplicity and the speed of the recipes as primary considerations, and of the few meatball ideas I had, these bacon cheeseburger meatball skewers fit that criteria best, plus I was sure they would look pretty damn cool.

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Thu Dec 19, 2019

Charred Corn and Green Chili Queso

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Charred Corn & Green Chili Queso

Queso is a pretty surefire bet to be a hit at any party. That's why I decided to make for a Superbowl shindig last winter, but little did I know that this new recipe I was working on would outdo any queso I've made before. The change and the secret—Velveeta Queso Blanco, which rendered a great flavor and perfect consistancy to my green chili dip. I've made this dip a couple times since then to continued fanfare, tinkering with the recipe a little each time. I think it's finally ready to be unleashed onto the world now as this charred corn and green chili queso.

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Thu Dec 5, 2019

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers have long been a go-to item for me to bring to parties for so many reasons—they're easy to make, taste great both hot and after sitting around for a bit, pair really well with beer, and I personally don't tire of them and will keeping popping (pun intended) them all night long. The classic jalapeño, cream cheese, and bacon combo is still my favorite, but I've experimented with new recipes for them throughout my long history of this blog, including adding lil smokies, wrapping with sausage, using cherry peppers, and more. After a Super Bowl party last year, where multiple guests brought Buffalo chicken dip, I thought of the idea of using that as a stuffer instead of plain cream cheese, and decided to actually try it out at the final Meatwave of 2019.

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Thu Nov 21, 2019

Grill-roasted Spiced Carrot Dip

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Spiced Roasted Carrot Dip

I'm a man of comfort and tradition, and when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal, those traits translate into cooking the same foods each year with very little deviation. The one expectation that I make is usually in the appetizers, where I have a couple standards, rotate through a few others, and then usually add one or two new things into the mix. While I'll be on the road this year and celebrating the holiday with a grand steak dinner out, I was wondering...if I were hosting per usual, what fitting new thing would I possibly try out? I ended up cooking one of the thoughts that crossed my mind when pondering that question—a grill-roasted spiced carrot dip.

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