The Meatwave https://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2019 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us Smoked Barbecue Jackfruit https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-and-pulled-barbecue-jackfruit-recipe Joshua Bousel Barbecue Jackfruit

I'm now enjoying my fifth summer here in Durham, which also marks the amount of time I've been more consciously cooking vegetarian recipes at The Meatwave. That fateful move had a rather unexpected outcome of my meatless constituency rising dramatically, and I've become a lot more adept at vegetarian grilling since then. I've realized recently that in doing that, I've fallen into a predicable pattern of picking up some extra-firm tofu and just marinading it in whatever sauce I already have going for other meat dishes. This has undoubtedly resulted in some rather tasty concoctions, and also allows my vegetarian guests have an experience similar to the meat-eaters, but it's also kind of left me in a rut where I'm not considering all the possibilities out there to make things more unique and even more delicious. So when I was planning my large Carne-val celebration this year, where pulled pork is often on the menu, I didn't go straight for the tofu (which I've done before) and instead looked to smoked and pulled jackfruit to deliver up a great barbecue experience that every Meatwaver could enjoy.

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Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Barbecue Recipes Vegetarian https://meatwave.com/blog/smoked-and-pulled-barbecue-jackfruit-recipe
Sauced: Boss Bell's BBQ Brew https://meatwave.com/blog/boss-bells-bbq-brew-review Joshua Bousel Boss Bell's BBQ Brew

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

A unique mixture of ingredients makes this sauce have a special complexity and delicious nuances that leaves it worthy of seeking out.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 13:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/boss-bells-bbq-brew-review
Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-roast-beef-and-cheddar-sandwiches Joshua Bousel This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches

I grew up with a mother who had a soft spot for fast food roast beef sandwiches, so it's no surprise that I also have an engrained fondness for this staple, and marrying someone who shares this love means it's steadily remained in my diet, and will likely do so for a long time. As much as fast food roast beef will always provide me with a level of comfort, I can still admit that they're really not all that good. That got me to thinking, what would a true beef and cheddar sandwich taste like, one that starts with a whole beef roast cooked medium-rare on the grill, that is then topped with a real cheddar cheese sauce, and a spiced ketchup made with ingredients you can pronounce—well the result is these incredible homemade beef and cheddar sandwiches.

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipe Beef Sandwiches https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-roast-beef-and-cheddar-sandwiches
Vietnamese Pork Chops https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vietnamese-lemongrass-pork-chops-recipe-thit-heo-nuong-xa Joshua Bousel Vietnamese Pork Chops

Pork chops? Meh. That's my general feeling on this cut of meat. I am a sucker and order them now and again when I see them on menus, but I think the times I've been disappointed by them have outnumbered the instances when they've left me with something to talk about. I do have a soft spot though for Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops, but I've been burned by these too before, adding to my soured perception overall. I figured if I make them at home though, they're bound to be delicious, and on my first shot at cooking them I used Kenji's recipe, which outputted the best Vietnamese pork chops I've ever had, and maybe just the best porks chops overall too.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Pork Asian Vietnamese https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-vietnamese-lemongrass-pork-chops-recipe-thit-heo-nuong-xa
Sauced: Southern Belles Ms. Mango https://meatwave.com/blog/southern-belles-gourmet-bbq-ms.-mango-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Southern Belles Ms. Mango

Meatwave Rating: 8 out of 10

An extra boost of fruitiness lifts this sauce above others, providing a well balanced and layered barbecue flavor with that extra touch to make it special.

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Tue, 28 May 2019 10:31:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/southern-belles-gourmet-bbq-ms.-mango-sauce-review
Huli Huli Chicken Tacos https://meatwave.com/blog/hawaiian-huli-huli-chicken-tacos-recipe Joshua Bousel Huli Huli Tacos

In recent years, I've become more conscious in writing about food and cultures that are not my own. For me, that hasn't translated to limiting my recipe scope, but understanding more where the food comes from, what it means to people, and trying to honor that as much as possible. I'm not sure how much of it comes across in my posts and recipes, but it's definitely in my thoughts as I tackle dishes I'm planning on sharing here. That has led to me searching out more ingredients and processes that are true to a recipe's origins, but I'm also aware I haven't been everywhere, know everything, and am sometimes naive and prone to mistakes—everything's a learning process, right? Sometimes I'm led down wrong paths, and the first time I cooked and shared a post on huli huli chicken that I had based off of a recipe I saw in Cook's Illustrated, commenters let me know that it wasn't totally faithful to its Hawaiian origins, although it was delicious in its own right. I keep coming back to this recipe that coats chicken with a sweet pineapple glaze, and it felt really fitting to resurrect it in this taco form for a Tiki-themed Meatwave I hosted recently, but I'm left wondering if it's time I drop the "huli huli" label and give it a name that doesn't have representation complications attached.

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Thu, 23 May 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Chicken https://meatwave.com/blog/hawaiian-huli-huli-chicken-tacos-recipe
Sweet Tamarind Glazed Baby Back Ribs https://meatwave.com/blog/sweet-tamarind-glazed-baby-back-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Sweet Tamarind Ribs

After adverse weather dampened my grilling and barbecue efforts for a bit over the winter, I found it necessary to reach into my archives and resurrect old recipes. One of those was for some cherry smoked and sauced baby back ribs, and when writing up that post, I realized it had been a very long time since I cooked up baby backs instead of my go-to spares. That left me with a desire to make a few racks of these leaner ribs, and my recent Tiki-themed Meatwave provided a great backdrop to do so, where I was able to devise an appropriately sweet and sticky sweet tamarind glaze to make these ribs meld in seamlessly into the overall menu.

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Thu, 16 May 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Ribs Barbecue Recipes https://meatwave.com/blog/sweet-tamarind-glazed-baby-back-ribs-recipe
Sauced: Rufus Teague Touch O' Heat https://meatwave.com/blog/rufus-teague-touch-o-heat-barbecue-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Rufus Teague Touch o' Heat

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

This is a barbecue sauce that delivers bold flavor, but has more going under the hood than its other supermarket brethren.

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Tue, 14 May 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/rufus-teague-touch-o-heat-barbecue-sauce-review
Grilled Pineapple Fried Rice https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-pineapple-fried-rice-recipe Joshua Bousel Pineapple Fried Rice

We eat a fair amount of rice in my household, and that means pretty consistent rice leftovers, which translates to a lot of fried rice. While I find myself making fried rice often, I've stuck to two variations—most often it's Filipino-style garlic fried rice, and every now and then I do a Thai fried rice. When planning my Tiki-themed Meatwave last month, I started to think that fried rice would be an apt and plentiful side to serve, and it would also allow me to spread my wings a bit into new fried rice territory. Since I was thinking along Tiki lines, it should be no surprise that pineapple was on my mind, and that led me to this great grilled pineapple fried.

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Thu, 09 May 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Fruit Asian Sides Vegetarian https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-pineapple-fried-rice-recipe
Spicy Bulgogi Rice Burgers https://meatwave.com/blog/spicy-bulgogi-korean-barbecue-rice-burgers-recipe Joshua Bousel Korean BBQ Rice Burgers

Oh Korean barbecue, is there no wrapper this stuff doesn't taste great in? I've had Korean barbecue stuffed in lettuce, steamed buns, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, dumplings, and more and it always tastes right at home. Well, I have another deliver method to share with you today that's just as delicious, and even more impressive—rice burgers!

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Thu, 02 May 2019 17:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Korean Burgers Asian https://meatwave.com/blog/spicy-bulgogi-korean-barbecue-rice-burgers-recipe