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Tue Oct 8, 2019

The Meat Ball

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The Meat Ball

It's going to be an unusually busy fall for me, but I really wanted to get one more Meatwave in this year even though there were very few dates where I could make it work. I also wanted to host at least one event on a brisk fall day where we could transition from daytime eats to a night time fire. After conferring with friends, I picked this past Saturday to host our seasonal closeout, but as the day approached, I got nervous because not only was it not cool, but the hottest days of the year were the few prior to the cookout. Then the stars aligned and Saturday ended up be a great crisp fall day for our first cocktail-party themed Meatwave where I served up a menu of finger foods, everyone dressed up, we downed delicious drinks, and finished the night with a campfire and s'mores to put the perfect cap on another great season.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019

Thrilla in Meatnila

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Thrilla in Meatnila

Part of the reality of Meatwave NC is that the dead of summer months are just too hot to host a comfortable cookout. So we took all of July and August off and got things going again last weekend with a Thrilla in Meatnila. I originally had an entirely different theme planned out, but then I realized I have never cooked Filipino food for my Durham friends and got too excited to do so to hold off. I've done a couple Filipino themed events while in NY though, which covered a lot of foundational territory with the cuisine, so this time around I took some liberties and veered from the classics to serve up more creative Filipino-inspired dishes that all turned out pretty kick ass.

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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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