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Thu Aug 15, 2019

Grilled BLTs

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Grilled BLT

I'll state a probably pretty unpopular opinion—I'm not a big BLT fan. Well, I should probably clarify that, I'm not a big BLT fan most of the year. When a sandwich features only three primary ingredients, all of them need to be on point, but off-season flavorless and mealy tomatoes render BLTs totally unappealing to me and I stay clear. For the two to three months of tomato season though—when the fruit is irresistibly sweet, acidic, and juicy—a BLT is pretty close to sandwich perfection. So it seemed fitting to share my recipe for a grilled BLT while we're still in prime tomato season and I'm enjoying the summer bounty to its fullest.

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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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Thu Aug 1, 2019

Mango-Habanero Shrimp

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Mango-Habanero Shrimp

I'm on a small quest to bring more seafood recipes to The Meatwave. I've admittedly tried this before and ended up reverting back to my seafood adverse ways, making little progress in becoming the more holistic eater I wish I was. I think this time is different though because I have the nudge of two newish Meatwavers who are pescatarians, and just as I've been adapting to cooking for the larger vegetarian constituency I now enjoy, I'll likely keep seafood more top of mind because of these particular friends. So when mapping out a menu for a cookout that featured spicy dishes, this mango-habanero shrimp had no problem making the cut.

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Thu Jul 25, 2019

Pastrami Pork Belly

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Pastrami Pork Belly

I've been at this grilling and smoking game for over 15 years now, so it may come as a shock that one thing I've never tried cooking at home before is bacon. I think a partial cause of this is that, when I began writing this blog, bacon content was way over saturated at the time and I didn't feel like jumping on that bandwagon. That bacon-mania era has since faded, but I never took up bacon production, even as I was getting more into cured meets and I got a meat slicer. So I had the knowledge and the equipment to set me up for bacon success, but then when I finally decided to make bacon a couple months ago, I went with a pastrami influenced version, and while cooking it, decided to keep true to my pastrami procedure, which didn't output something I can call bacon really, but pastrami pork belly.

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Thu Jul 18, 2019

Nam Tok: Thai Beef Waterfall Salad

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Nam Tok

I feel like I've been openly lamenting the state of Thai food in the Triangle region of North Carolina a lot recently. I feel a little bad about that, but it's hard for me not to think about it when I'm left unsatisfied too often by not being able to get one of my favorite cuisines in a way that tastes true to its origins. This has led me to learn how to cook a lot more Thai food at home—and it's really not hard, it's mostly just a matter of procuring the correct ingredients—but I'm not always in the mood for cooking, so I still find myself eating out at Thai joint somewhat regularly. Despite my complaining, there have been a few bright spots I've come to rely on at the restaurants around here, one of those being nam tok, otherwise known as beef waterfall salad. This grilled beef salad is simple and doesn't require as many special ingredients as some other dishes, which may be one reason why its has faired better at restaurants, although homemade has still been best!

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