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

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Thu Apr 11, 2019

Smashed Potato Salad

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Smashed Potato Salad

The Meatwave kick off for 2019 took place on St. Patrick's Day, and to be totally honest, I had no idea it was a holiday until someone pointed it out to me. I then began tinkering with the idea of throwing an Irish-themed cookout, but abandoned that thought in exchange for a menu comprised of all different types of burgers. However, in my thinking along Irish lines, I had ideas of potato dishes swirling, including a potato salad, which I ended up making, although what I put together really had no roots in Irish cooking. Actually, I'm not sure this smashed potato saladsettles into any cuisine classification, unless you count delicious as a category!

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Thu Dec 20, 2018

Grill-roasted Chili-spiced Carrots

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Chili-spiced Carrots

People are always surprised to find out my wife and I are a Blue Apron couple—they wonder how someone they equate with always cooking his own thing can be interested in a meal service. The truth of the matter is, we became a Blue Apron household over a year ago after a long stint of not cooking and always eating out, but have since tired of it and have failed to cancel our membership. It's usually my job to go in and skip the next month's deliveries, but with the business of the start of the holiday season, I totally forgot to do it in November, and surprise, a Blue Apron box arrived on Thanksgiving Day when my fridge was already bursting at its seams. We eventually did eat that food, which offered a nice respite from leftovers, but those meals that we did not select all leaned in heavily on carrots. I felt like I was eating carrots for a week, so what do I do when it was Meatwave time the next weekend and I could cook whatever I wanted to? Make more carrots!

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Thu Nov 8, 2018

Old Bay Potato Wedges

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Old Bay Grill Fries

Growing up in close proximity to Maryland meant their hometown Old Bay spice mixture was everywhere. While most equate this regional flavor with crab, my seafood aversion meant it represented something else to me, mainly popcorn and fries. Most all local movie theaters had a bottle of the stuff for shaking on tubs of popcorn, which was really the way I enjoy Old Bay more often than not, while there were numerous french fry shops, usually outposts of joints you find on the shore, that served their fries adorned with Old Bay. This seasoning is so ingrained as part of my personal food history that it felt like there was no way it could be omitted from a Mid-Atlantic influenced menu I served at a recent Meatwave. So it was destined that these Old Bay fries would be served that day and then make their way onto the blog as a result of that.

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Thu May 10, 2018

Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

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Grilled Bok Choy with Ginger-garlic Dressing

When you discover something simple and delicious, it can be hard not to over do it. I kind of feel I've gone in that direction with grilled cabbage, which I've featured with three different dressings so far. It's difficult not to be repetitive though when just a few modifications can output something both different and equally delicious. I feel I'm going to end up taking the same route with bok choy, which really isn't much different than my cabbage recipes—a leafy green grilled and finished with a dressing. I do think bok choy opens up a door for different flavor pairings though, and the ginger-garlic dressing I used on this one was totally worth documenting and sharing.

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Thu Apr 5, 2018

Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

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Spicy Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

Each Thanksgiving I like to keep the menu mostly the same, but change up a couple things so the meal always feels comforting while also leaving some room for creativity and anticipation for the new. This past year I decided it was the green vegetable's turn to make the switch from my standard green bean casserole to something different. Not quite sure what to make, I asked my sister, who said both her and my Dad were quite fond of both brussels sprout and broccoli. I wasn't a hundred percent clear if those were meant to be considered separately, but I decided to do a combo of both hearty veggies that have similar roasting times, and paired them with a Spanish chorizo that I was hoping would add some heat along with its meatiness. I got the later out of the sausage, but no real spice, which left the side lacking in my opinion, so I decided to give spicy roasted brussels and broccoli another shot, and this time I ended up with what I was previously hoping for.

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