The Meatwave https://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2019 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Grilled BLTs https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-blt-sandwich-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 15 Aug 2019 10:45:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Pork Sandwiches https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-blt-sandwich-recipe
Homemade Peppered Bacon https://meatwave.com/blog/homemade-smoked-peppered-bacon-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 08 Aug 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Barbecue Pork Curing https://meatwave.com/blog/homemade-smoked-peppered-bacon-recipe
Sauced: Sam Jones Sweet BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/sam-jones-sweet-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Sam Jones Sweet BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A strong savory quality gives this sauce a very unique flavor profile that's perfect for enhancing a wide range of smoked and grilled meats.

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Tue, 06 Aug 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/sam-jones-sweet-bbq-sauce-review
Mango-Habanero Shrimp https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-mango-habanero-shrimp-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 01 Aug 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Seafood https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-mango-habanero-shrimp-recipe
Pastrami Pork Belly https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pastrami-pork-belly-recipe Joshua Bousel 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, 25 Jul 2019 10:55:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Pork Curing https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-pastrami-pork-belly-recipe
Sauced: Savannah Bee Company Habanero Honey BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/savannah-bee-company-habanero-honey-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Habanero Honey BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A strong mustard base is balanced with a quality honey, given many layers of barbecue complexity, and then embedded with a mouth burning heat to deliver a wide range of flavors that makes this a sauce worth seeking out.

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/savannah-bee-company-habanero-honey-bbq-sauce-review
Nam Tok: Thai Beef Waterfall Salad https://meatwave.com/blog/nam-tok-thai-grilled-beef-waterfall-salad-recipe Joshua Bousel 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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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Salad Asian Thai https://meatwave.com/blog/nam-tok-thai-grilled-beef-waterfall-salad-recipe
Halloumi with Za'atar and Grilled Squash Couscous https://meatwave.com/blog/halloumi-with-zaatar-and-grilled-squash-couscous-recipe Joshua Bousel Halloumi with Za'atar and Grilled Squash Couscous

It was kismet that someone who loved grilling as much as I do, used to live in a Greek heavy neighborhood where halloumi—a salty, grill-able sheep and cow's milk cheese—was both plentiful and inexpensive. It had definitely become a staple in my diet and a go-to for recipe development. After moving to North Carolina, I assumed this magical cheese would cease to be part of my repertoire, but to my surprise, my new local grocery stores did stock the stuff, albeit at price almost twice that I was used to paying. So I didn't bid farewell to halloumi, but instead it became a special occasion thing rather part of the normal rotation. So it was with grand glee that, while at my corner Middle Eastern market the other day, I saw halloumi and inquired about the price and found out was even cheaper than what I was paying in Astoria. In a flash, I bought six bricks of it and came home and began making all new halloumi recipes again, starting with this halloumi with za'atar and grilled squash couscous.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Vegetarian Cheese https://meatwave.com/blog/halloumi-with-zaatar-and-grilled-squash-couscous-recipe
Sauced: Weber Smoky & Thick Hickory BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/weber-smoky-and-thick-hickory-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Weber Hickory

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

A brand that makes grills just as you imagine they should be also makes a barbecue sauce that tastes just as you would expect with a bold smoky flavor that sits a notch above other supermarket staples.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/weber-smoky-and-thick-hickory-bbq-sauce-review
Honey Mustard Potato Salad https://meatwave.com/blog/honey-mustard-potato-salad-recipe Joshua Bousel Honey Mustard Potato Salad

It's been customary for me to relinquish grilling duties on the major summer holidays—I figure these are the days my friends are more likely to hold their own cookouts, so it's a good time for me to take a break from playing host. Now that Fourth of July is upon us, it felt fitting to put aside my recipes the require a live fire and share one of my favorite non-grilled side dishes I've made lately—this honey mustard potato salad.

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Thu, 04 Jul 2019 15:00:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Recipes Sides Salad Vegetarian https://meatwave.com/blog/honey-mustard-potato-salad-recipe