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


Thu Dec 29, 2016

Smoked Pork Belly Buns

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Barbecue Pork Belly Buns

A couple weeks ago I basked in a personal Texas-style pork belly achievement. I also mentioned that pork belly rarely stands out to me in smoke joints due to its lackluster flavor when compared to the super beefy beef ribs and briskets that serve as better ordering options. The real attraction to the pork belly for me is its immense amount of soft, luscious fat that gives it a texture unlike any other smoked meat. So in thinking of a way to best feature smoked pork belly's top trait while enhancing its overall flavor, I came up with these smoked belly buns, which just so happen would make for an excellent New Year's celebration treat.

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Thu Nov 3, 2016

Texas-style Smoked Turkey

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Texas-style Smoked Turkey

You can bet beef ribs and brisket top my list of things to eat each time I'm in Texas, but I've oddly become drawn another meat that's growing more common around smokehouses in the Lone Star state—turkey. Yup, you read that right, my go-to has become a three meat trifecta, leaving to the wayside things like pork ribs and pulled pork, which usually aren't shining stars of Texas barbecue in my opinion. It's the simplicity that works so well with turkey—a mere salt and pepper rub and slow smoke renders a meat juicier and tastier than what often graces my holiday table. So with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought now was a fitting time to give Texas-style smoked turkey a try at home.

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Tue Jan 24, 2012

An Ode to City Market

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City Market

I decided early on that I wouldn't do restaurant reviews on this blog, keeping the focus on cooking, where my true heart lies. Still, there's some barbecue experiences that are just worth sharing, like my recent trip to City Market in Luling, Texas. So think of this as more of an ode to one of the truly great meat markets that dot the Lone Star state.

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Mon Aug 18, 2008

Stuck on the Southside

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Southside Market

So once again I might have left you asking, "Where's the Meat?"

The Meatwave went on a little hiatus as I traveled deep into the heart of Texas to my personal mecca, Southside Market. Once there, the power of Elgin sausage and smoked brisket took hold and I just never left (well, mentally at least). Of lesser importance, I also shot a wedding in the land where the stars shine bright, and the aftermath of that has left me temporarily indisposed back at the homestead. I hope to have things back on track next week with tales of tangy pit beans, smoked short ribs, and a foray into fish.

In the meantime, enjoy a chimichurri-stuffed flank steak with a side of sweet onion salad, and end it with some grilled peaches with fresh raspberry sauce.

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