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

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Thu Nov 14, 2019

Smoked Lechon Liempo

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Smoked Lechon Liempo

Looking back, my first attempts at grilled pork belly were woefully lacking. I feel a little bad those recipes still live on and folks might use them because I now know how to make far superior specimens, including ones with incredible crackling skin. One of the best pieces of pork belly I ever cooked was a smoked porchetta last summer, and my guests definitely agreed with a few of them bringing up that dish again and again. Needing content for the blog means there aren't a lot of repeats at my cookouts, but I had a desire to relive the greatness of the porchetta this summer, so simply made the same recipe, but changed up the seasonings to be Filipino-based and ended up with another incredible output—smoked lechon liempo.

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Thu Oct 31, 2019

Smoked Carnitas Taquitos

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Smoked Carnitas Taquitos

Figuring out what to do with leftover pulled pork has become a standard fall activity for me. Each summer I smoke extra pork butts for the express purpose of freezing and continuing to get my barbecue fix throughout the fall and winter when I'm less likely to be cooking up larger cuts due to Meatwave dormancy. This past summer I did something a bit different though—instead of making my standard pulled pork recipe, I gave my smoked butts a carnitas-influenced seasoning to delicious results. Now, having a few bags of this sitting in my freezer, my brain has been wandering into Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired uses, which got me to these fantastic smoked carnitas taquitos.

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Thu Oct 3, 2019

Filipino-inspired Adobo Ribs

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Adobo Ribs

When crafting a menu of Filipino-inspired dishes to introduce my NC friends to this cuisine, there was little doubt that adobo needed to be included. I would bet that for many, like it was for myself, adobo is the gateway into Filipino food—it's ubiquitous and easy to come by, familiar enough to make it a comfortable first choice in what can be an otherwise unfamiliar menu, incredibly delicious, and the perfect introduction to the tangy and savory qualities that form the backbone of so much of the cuisine. The only problem was adobo—most commonly a meat braised in a vinegar and soy sauce mixture—is not an easy thing to adapt to grilling or smoking. After racking my brain with a few ideas of how to do it, I finally settled on trying out an unorthodox adobo technique on ribs, and the results were incredible!

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Thu Aug 22, 2019

Brisket Tacos

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Brisket Tacos

Up until a couple years ago, I thought I needed to go to Texas to get my fix of truly incredibly beef brisket—no smokehouse near where I live comes anywhere close to the good stuff, and previous home efforts weren't up to snuff. Then all of that changed three summers ago when I finally smoked a brisket in my Weber bullet that was on par with what I'm used to getting in Texas. That shifted my outlook on brisket completely, and instead of shying away from cooking them, I started the make them more often. This summer I reached a point where brisket smoking began to feel monotonous and I wasn't satisfied with serving brisket as is, no matter how good it was. So when I smoked up another brisket beauty at my annual Carne-val celebration, I branched out just a bit and put together brisket tacos, but kept the entire thing very much Texas-influenced.

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Thu Aug 8, 2019

Homemade Peppered Bacon

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Pepper Bacon

A while back, a friend of mine gifted me the bacon of the month club, and my initial reaction was more tepid than you might expect for someone who runs a site called "The Meatwave." For one, I'm not a huge fan of those mail order clubs, and also I've kind of shied away from becoming another voice in a bacon-everything chorus that needs no additional proselytizer. As each month passed though, I found myself anticipating the next bacon delivery more and more. All the bacons were so unique and delicious, it was may more of a thrill getting a new package of cured pork belly constantly than I had initially expected. To this day, one particular bacon that stood out for me was a peppered variation, which added a sharp bite to the already smoky and salty profile to turned things up to eleven. So when I finally decided to make my very first homemade bacon a couple months ago, a peppered bacon was my go-to.

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