The Meatwave https://www.meatwave.com Adventures in BBQ and Grilling in NYC (c) 2019 Joshua Bousel, All Rights Reserved en-us 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
The Meat Ball https://meatwave.com/blog/the-meat-ball Joshua Bousel The Meat Ball

It's going to be an unusually busy fall for me, but I really wanted to get one more Meatwave in this year even though there were very few dates where I could make it work. I also wanted to host at least one event on a brisk fall day where we could transition from daytime eats to a night time fire. After conferring with friends, I picked this past Saturday to host our seasonal closeout, but as the day approached, I got nervous because not only was it not cool, but the hottest days of the year were the few prior to the cookout. Then the stars aligned and Saturday ended up be a great crisp fall day for our first cocktail-party themed Meatwave where I served up a menu of finger foods, everyone dressed up, we downed delicious drinks, and finished the night with a campfire and s'mores to put the perfect cap on another great season.

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Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:05:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave https://meatwave.com/blog/the-meat-ball
Filipino-inspired Adobo Ribs https://meatwave.com/blog/filipino-inspired-smoked-adobo-pork-ribs-recipe Joshua Bousel Adobo Ribs

When crafting a menu of Filipino-inspired dishes to introduce my NC friends to this cuisine, there was little doubt that adobo needed to be included. I would bet that for many, like it was for myself, adobo is the gateway into Filipino food—it's ubiquitous and easy to come by, familiar enough to make it a comfortable first choice in what can be an otherwise unfamiliar menu, incredibly delicious, and the perfect introduction to the tangy and savory qualities that form the backbone of so much of the cuisine. The only problem was adobo—most commonly a meat braised in a vinegar and soy sauce mixture—is not an easy thing to adapt to grilling or smoking. After racking my brain with a few ideas of how to do it, I finally settled on trying out an unorthodox adobo technique on ribs, and the results were incredible!

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Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Ribs Barbecue Recipes Asian Filipino https://meatwave.com/blog/filipino-inspired-smoked-adobo-pork-ribs-recipe
Sauced: Vivian Howard Blueberry BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/vivian-howard-blueberry-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Vivian Howard's Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 7 out of 10

Most fruit barbecue sauces are really "tomato and," but this sauce is comprised of a solely blueberry base, which makes it incredibly unique, while still delivering a comforting sweet, tangy, and spicy barbecue flavor.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/vivian-howard-blueberry-bbq-sauce-review
Aleppo Pepper and Mint Chicken Skewers https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-aleppo-pepper-and-mint-chicken-skewers-recipe Joshua Bousel Aleppo Pepper and Mint Kebabs

Meatwave devotees probably already know this, but spicy foods are my jam. It like a lot of flavor, and it's always a plus when there's some heat behind that. So I was pretty giddy when I decided to do my first Meatwave ever solely dedicated to recipes that focused on hot chilies. I knew every recipe I made would be designed to win my heart, but as I was crafting the menu, I began worrying about my guests who were not hot heads like myself. That brought me around to a finding a pepper that could still deliver some heat, but was more focused on flavor, and I found the perfect answer in these Aleppo pepper and mint chicken skewers.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:05:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Skewers Chicken Kebabs https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-aleppo-pepper-and-mint-chicken-skewers-recipe
Thrilla in Meatnila https://meatwave.com/blog/thrilla-in-meatnila Joshua Bousel Thrilla in Meatnila

Part of the reality of Meatwave NC is that the dead of summer months are just too hot to host a comfortable cookout. So we took all of July and August off and got things going again last weekend with a Thrilla in Meatnila. I originally had an entirely different theme planned out, but then I realized I have never cooked Filipino food for my Durham friends and got too excited to do so to hold off. I've done a couple Filipino themed events while in NY though, which covered a lot of foundational territory with the cuisine, so this time around I took some liberties and veered from the classics to serve up more creative Filipino-inspired dishes that all turned out pretty kick ass.

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Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:05:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Meatwave Asian Filipino https://meatwave.com/blog/thrilla-in-meatnila
BBQ Bacon Burgers https://meatwave.com/blog/bbq-burgers-with-fried-onion-straws-recipe Joshua Bousel BBQ Bacon Burgers

I've done a lot of different burger variations on this blog, but realized that I have failed to share my personal all time favorite topping combination. Whether at home or out, when I'm eating a burger, it's most likely to be adorned with the following: cheddar, bacon, fried or grilled onions, and barbecue sauce. It's a mixture that's made up of commonly found toppers, so I can pretty consistently get it almost anywhere I go, and with a burger this tasty, that's a really great thing.

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Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Burgers Beef https://meatwave.com/blog/bbq-burgers-with-fried-onion-straws-recipe
Sauced: Weber Honey BBQ Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/weber-sweet-and-thick-honey-bbq-sauce-review Joshua Bousel Weber Honey BBQ Sauce

Meatwave Rating: 5 out of 10

Weber Honey delivers extra sugar against a familiar bold barbecue flavor that maybe becomes a tad too sweet for some tastes after being grilled.

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Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:10:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Sauced Reviews Sauce https://meatwave.com/blog/weber-sweet-and-thick-honey-bbq-sauce-review
Grilled Mushroom Larb https://meatwave.com/blog/thai-grilled-mushroom-larb-salad-recipe Joshua Bousel Mushroom Larb

I've been on a mission to learn how to cook Thai food really well in order to get what's coming out of my kitchen to taste pretty close to what I experienced in Thailand when I visited a couple years ago. So far things have been going well and I've been happy with how dishes like nam tok have turned out, plus a number of other non-grilled things that don't get blog posts to link to. I do still have a number of recipes I've worked on to share though, and one of the highlights on this journey I'm currently on has been this mushroom larb.

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Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Thai Asia Mushrooms https://meatwave.com/blog/thai-grilled-mushroom-larb-salad-recipe
Grilled Skirt Steak and Tomato Salad https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-skirt-steak-and-tomato-salad-with-green-goddess-dressing-recipe Joshua Bousel Steak and Tomato Salad

Sadly, the end of tomato season is upon us. There's likely just a week or two left to get the best, juiciest, and sweetness tomatoes you can until about 10 months from now when this magical time of year begins again. I decided I needed to really go for gold in this last dash to finish line, so decided to make a salad primarily of tomatoes. While at the farmer's market though, I kept grabbing more and more things to add to the dish and I ended up with this grilled skirt steak and tomato salad that was still very tomato centric, but was hearty enough to be an entire meal.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:30:00 EST barbecue bbq grilling foodblogs foodblog nyc new york city meatwave Grilling Recipes Beef Salad https://meatwave.com/blog/grilled-skirt-steak-and-tomato-salad-with-green-goddess-dressing-recipe