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Tue Jul 2, 2019

Can You Handle the Meat?

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Can You Handle the Meat?

If there was ever a Meatwave designed solely for me, this might have been it. Can You Handle the Meat? was created to be a menu filled with spicy foods, and I really love spicy things. I have a few common complaints about eating and North Carolina, and one of those is that nothing is spicy enough—it's like all restaurants figure that since a lot of folks around here don't handle spicy well, then no one gets that wave of heat experience. It's kind of maddening to me, and there are so many foods that just don't taste right because they're missing that kick. So this menu grew out of that frustration and got me my ideal tastes of a lot of different dishes that are close to my heart.

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Tue Jun 18, 2019

Carne-val 2019

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Carne-val 2019

Ah, Carne-val, my favorite day of the year. This celebration of meat has been an annual occurrence since our inaugural season in 2004, and in recent years it's become the one time in the season that I bust out both smokers, load them up completely with meats and other goodies, and then invite the entire neighborhood over to dig in. I relish the long night and day of low and slow cooking, and while that usually means the same few cuts of meat grace plates at every Carne-val, I try to do new and creative things with them each time, and this year's menu line-up was no different.

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Tue Apr 23, 2019

Polymeatsian

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Polymeatsian

I have a couple friends and family who are really into tiki bars, like super into them. Hanging around them the past few years has heightened my interest and appreciation in all things tiki, and that led me to hosting my second tiki Meatwave a couple weekends ago. I jot down recipe ideas as they come to me, and having been more immersed in tiki venues as of late, my list of tiki-inspired recipes had grown pretty long. So it was actually a bit hard to pick and choose what to make for this cookout and I ended up doing a whopping eight recipes, but still left a bunch for another day.

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Tue Apr 9, 2019

Meating Expectations

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Meating Expectations

I feel like I was itching to get the Meatwave going in 2019 way more than most years. This was a little odd because, in reality, the gap between 2018 and 2019 was the shortest yet with just over three months separating the two seasons. But those three months felt hella long because they were filled with almost non-stop rain and/or cold, forcing longer-than-usual indoor periods which kept me from grilling and had me resorting to pulling from recipes I made many, many years ago to fill content gaps in the blog. I wasn't alone in this restless feeling—this Meatwave brought out quite the crowd of folks, all ready to escape their winter fortresses and mingle and bask in the meat once again!

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Tue Dec 18, 2018

Meatza & Wings

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Meatza & Wings

This Meatwave season has been the hardest to schedule to date—between bad weather, vacation, and work schedules, finding weekends where I could host became challenging. This left me one cookout short of my goal, so I threw one last date on calendar for December, figuring that with the luck I've had this year, it probably wouldn't happen. Well, that day came, and while recent rains had left my backyard a mud pit, the temperature was unseasonably in the 70s, so I opened up the garage door and got the meat flowing one last time for 2019.

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