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

Pork

Thu Jun 27, 2019

Smoked Carnitas Tacos

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Smoked Carnitas Tacos

When I need to feed a lot of people, I almost always turn to pork shoulder. This cut is economical, high yield, and cooks reliably, that makes it a no brainer for me to use at any larger scale cookout. The only problem with this is, over the years, I've fallen into a predictable pattern of serving it again and again. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, but for someone who thrives on developing new recipes, it can feel limiting. So at my annual barbecue blowout, Carne-val, I decided to try to do something slightly different this year—I still picked up a couple giant pork butts, but instead of giving them the tried and true barbecue seasoning, I made up something with influences taken from Mexican carnitas. The results were, at the same time, familiarly comfortable and excitingly different.

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Thu May 30, 2019

Vietnamese Pork Chops

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Vietnamese Pork Chops

Pork chops? Meh. That's my general feeling on this cut of meat. I am a sucker and order them now and again when I see them on menus, but I think the times I've been disappointed by them have outnumbered the instances when they've left me with something to talk about. I do have a soft spot though for Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops, but I've been burned by these too before, adding to my soured perception overall. I figured if I make them at home though, they're bound to be delicious, and on my first shot at cooking them I used Kenji's recipe, which outputted the best Vietnamese pork chops I've ever had, and maybe just the best porks chops overall too.

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Thu Apr 25, 2019

Bacon-wrapped Mochi

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Bacon-wrapped Mochi

Easy recipes with a big pay off bring me a lot of joy these days. I've been at recipe development for sixteen years now, and more and more, I feel like I've exhausted the basics and am constantly devising things requiring more time, ingredients, process, or all of those things. This reality has actually left me thinking about slowing my posting schedule, or even stopping, but then something like bacon-wrapped mochi comes along and reminds not everything needs to be so involved to be both super impressive and incredibly delicious.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018

Philadelphia Roast Pork Sandwiches

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Philly Roast Pork Sandwiches

After fifteen years of doing the Meatwave, it's kind of invigorating to make something that truly amazes me. This happened over this past season with these Philadelphia Roast Pork Sandwiches. While I will personally always be partial to a cheesesteak, I know this "second" sandwich of Philly is the superior specimen with its amazingly flavorful pork that's enhanced by bitter broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. It's one truly powerful and memorable sandwich, and when I set out to make it at Mid-Atlantic themed cookout, I figured it would probably be on par with my pulled pork, but this pork shoulder blew my standard barbecue away and is what I consider to be my crowning achievement of what ended up being a season filled with many meaty hits.

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Thu Oct 25, 2018

Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwiches

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Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwiches

It's kind of surprising how long I lived next door to New Jersey without ever knowing about one of the state's best inventions—Taylor pork roll. I also will never forget the first time I was introduced to this seasoned processed pork product that hails from Trenton while at a camping trip with a group of NJ-native friends who brought the stuff along to make some of the tastiest breakfast sandwiches I'd ever had. I was instantly smitten, but have left pork roll consumption to my times in New Jersey, which translates to rarely ever eating it. I noticed recently though that my local grocery carries it, and while preparing a Meatwave made of up of all Mid-Atlantic specialities, it seemed fitting to pick up a couple packages and start off the event with these pork roll sandwiches.

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