The Meatwave https://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2019 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Grill-roasted Spiced Carrot Dip https://meatwave.com/blog/grill-roasted-spiced-carrot-dip-recipe Joshua Bousel Spiced Roasted Carrot Dip

I'm a man of comfort and tradition, and when it comes to the Thanksgiving meal, those traits translate into cooking the same foods each year with very little deviation. The one expectation that I make is usually in the appetizers, where I have a couple standards, rotate through a few others, and then usually add one or two new things into the mix. While I'll be on the road this year and celebrating the holiday with a grand steak dinner out, I was wondering...if I were hosting per usual, what fitting new thing would I possibly try out? I ended up cooking one of the thoughts that crossed my mind when pondering that question—a grill-roasted spiced carrot dip.

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Vegetables Vegetarian Recipes Appetizer Dip https://meatwave.com/blog/grill-roasted-spiced-carrot-dip-recipe
Smoked Lechon Liempo https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-lechon-liempo-filipino-pork-belly-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Lechon Liempo

Looking back, my first attempts at grilled pork belly were woefully lacking. I feel a little bad those recipes still live on and folks might use them because I now know how to make far superior specimens, including ones with incredible crackling skin. One of the best pieces of pork belly I ever cooked was a smoked porchetta last summer, and my guests definitely agreed with a few of them bringing up that dish again and again. Needing content for the blog means there aren't a lot of repeats at my cookouts, but I had a desire to relive the greatness of the porchetta this summer, so simply made the same recipe, but changed up the seasonings to be Filipino-based and ended up with another incredible output—smoked lechon liempo.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Grilling Rotisserie Filipino Asian Pork https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-lechon-liempo-filipino-pork-belly-recipe
Sauced: Cof-Fee-Que https://meatwave.com/blog/the-roasterie-cof-fee-que-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel The Roasterie Cof-Fee-Que

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

While coffee imparts a unique roasted flavor in this sauce, it's complexity is taken even further with sweet chocolate and savory tamarind notes to make this a really unique and incredibly delicious sauce.

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Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/the-roasterie-cof-fee-que-barbecue-sauce-review
Grilled Pineapple Pizza https://meatwave.com/blog/homemade-pizza-with-grilled-pineapple-jalapeno-red-onion-and-barbecue-sauce-recipe Joshua Bousel Grilled Pineapple Pizza

Pizza friends are the best friends! A shared love of pizza ensures that when two of my closest friends and I get together, that we're very likely going to be spending our time indulging in hot pies. These two wonderful humans also get the credit for getting me to move to North Carolina, and on one of our earlier dinners as new neighbors, I offered to pick up some pizzas on the way to their house and they made me promise not to judge them when they gave me their order of a pizza topped with pineapple, red onion, and finished with a barbecue swirl. I really didn't have any qualms over their order, but if I had, they would have melted away quickly with one bite because that topping combo was indeed a winner. So when I hosted them for a backyard pizza party recently, it made sense to me to recreate that pie, but I added a few of my own touches to the formula by grilling the pineapple and adding pickled jalapeños, both elevating an already great pie even more.

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Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Pizza Recipes Grilling Fruit https://meatwave.com/blog/homemade-pizza-with-grilled-pineapple-jalapeno-red-onion-and-barbecue-sauce-recipe
Smoked Carnitas Taquitos https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-carnitas-taquitos-recipe Joshua Bousel Smoked Carnitas Taquitos

Figuring out what to do with leftover pulled pork has become a standard fall activity for me. Each summer I smoke extra pork butts for the express purpose of freezing and continuing to get my barbecue fix throughout the fall and winter when I'm less likely to be cooking up larger cuts due to Meatwave dormancy. This past summer I did something a bit different though—instead of making my standard pulled pork recipe, I gave my smoked butts a carnitas-influenced seasoning to delicious results. Now, having a few bags of this sitting in my freezer, my brain has been wandering into Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired uses, which got me to these fantastic smoked carnitas taquitos.

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Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Frying Pork Mexican https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-carnitas-taquitos-recipe
Sauced: Sam Jones East N.C. Sweet Heat https://meatwave.com/blog/sam-jones-east-n.c.-sweet-heat-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Sam Jones East NC Sweet Heat

Meatwave Rating: 9 out of 10

Delivering an exemplary Eastern North Carolina tang and heat, this sauce is destined to make your smoked pork really shine.

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Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:15:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/sam-jones-east-n.c.-sweet-heat-barbecue-sauce-review
Filipino Bistek Rolls https://meatwave.com/blog/filipino-bistek-on-homemade-pan-de-sal-recipe Joshua Bousel Bistek Rolls

I was really excited to share some of my favorites of Filipino foods with my NC friends a couple months back, and when crafting a menu, the hardest thing for me to do was to pick only a handful of recipes from the tons of things I would have loved to cooked. To me, so many things were crucial to understanding the breadth of Filipino cuisine, and cutting dishes made me feel like I was going to end up with too narrow of a sampling. That's how I ended up making these bistek rolls, which really featured three separate recipes that all had their own unique Filipino stamps—sweet pan de sal, salty and savory bistek, and tart anchara. I was super happy how these came together, but when writing up the recipe, I realized that the undertaking might be a bit much for the average cook, although there's a lot of value, and a lot of delicious, in each piece of these mini-sandwiches.

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Filipino Asian Beef Bread https://meatwave.com/blog/filipino-bistek-on-homemade-pan-de-sal-recipe
Herbed Mushroom Ricotta Toasts https://meatwave.com/blog/herbed-mushroom-ricotta-toasts-recipe Joshua Bousel Herbed Mushroom Ricotta Toasts

Last year I was grilling up a steak dinner, and to make use of the heat remaining in the coals after cooking the steak and also to get a new recipe to write about on the blog, I ended up making a batch of herb-crusted mushrooms. It was kind of a last minute and simple recipe that I thought would be sort of a throw away in the end—good enough to get a post out of, but not something to keep coming back to. To my surprise, both my wife and I ended up having a strong affinity for those herbal and garlicky mushrooms that were a perfect pairing with a hearty steak, and almost immediately I saw the recipe having legs beyond that singular use. That's how I ended up getting to these herbed mushroom ricotta toasts, which I made for a Meatwave that was comprised of bite-size party foods.

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes. Vegetarian Appetizer Mushrooms Bread https://meatwave.com/blog/herbed-mushroom-ricotta-toasts-recipe
Sauced: Swamp Boys Original BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/swamp-boys-original-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Swamp Boys Original BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

Swamp Boys delivers the characteristics of an exemplary competition barbecue sauce—glossy coating, attractive color, and a crowd pleasing barbecue flavor.

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/swamp-boys-original-bbq-sauce-review
Nam Prik Noom https://meatwave.com/blog/nam-prik-noom-thai-roasted-chili-dip-recipe Joshua Bousel Nam Prik Noom

My love of Thai food was a driving force in choosing Thailand as a vacation destination a couple years back. I was way more in tune to what I hoped to eat there over sites I wanted to see, and with only a short timeframe in the country, time in the North was a requirement for getting those important eats in. Chiang Mai became our home base city for most of the trip and it quickly became my second favorite city I've ever been do (Barcelona will likely always be my number one) and I wasted no time eating as soon as I got there. After tossing my bags in the hotel room, I ventured out and went straight to the market, where I picked up a plastic bag of nam prik noom—a Thai roasted chili dip—along with a bundle of pork rinds for dipping, which became my primary snack during my stay. That savory and spicy dip was just one of the many things that left a lasting impression on me, and also something I don't see stateside very often, so it made sense for it to become something I needed to learn to cook at home.

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:40:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Asian Thai https://meatwave.com/blog/nam-prik-noom-thai-roasted-chili-dip-recipe