It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Whether it’s hot wings or spicy chili, you can’t go wrong with zesty, sinus-clearing foods for the Super Bowl. Add some zippy, homemade cocktails to your Big Game spread this year as well. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the halftime entertainment, it only seems fitting to make a Bloody Bull Cocktail, a beer-based beverage topped with a spicy, red-hot tomato juice.
To begin, whirl tomato juice, jalapeno, horseradish, lemon juice and garlic together in a blender. Then rim pre-chilled glasses with a toasted fennel spice rub, and pour your favorite beer into each glass. Top with the spicy tomato mixture and stir.
This zesty, jalapeno-kissed beverage may pack a punch, but it goes down easy.
Bottoms up, folks!
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When tailgating is done poorly, it requires too much prep, too much cooking and too much money. Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman and Laurie March will show you how to tailgate your way to glory with a quick and easy 70-yard-Hail-Mary-at-the-buzzer-level visually stunning tower of sandwiches. Then wash it all down with some beer-based long-haul margaritas that will assure you actually make it to the game:
With the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the stage during the halftime show, this Super Bowl is the year of food — and also apparently bringing back stuff that peaked in the early 90s. (Looking at you, too, Full House commercial.) That means drinking games should be replaced with eating games. Instead of gulping a beer every time Peyton Manning yells “Omaha” or Richard Sherman says something egotistical or Dave Coulier shows up on your TV, why not chomp on a wing? And when you chomp on a wing, make sure you chomp on it in the most efficient way possible. Lucky for you, Cooking Channel’s newest web-original show You’re Eating it Wrong will show you how to eat wings (and other foods) the right way.
Watch now as competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti demonstrates how he was able to take down 125 chicken wings in 10 minutes. (Pay attention, Richard Sherman, and learn from the best):
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What do you get when you stack two pounds of meat and cheese on a hero with pickled vegetable relish? Something glorious called the muffuletta, a Louisianan sandwich that’s massive enough to feed every friend at your Super Bowl party (or one friend and his/her pet grizzly bear). Take a few hours to lock your gaze on the spellbinding glory that is its construction:
Now copy these steps at home.
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Football season means one thing to me: pork butt, aka Boston butt, aka pork shoulder, cooked and served in every way, shape and form. Pork butt can be fatty with lots of connective tissues, making it the preferred cut for low and slow cooking. I prefer to buy bone-in pork shoulder unless I’ll be grinding or cubing up my meat for sausages or stews. And if you want to make sausage but have no meat grinder, ask your butcher to give you a hand and run the meat through the grinder.
Pulled pork is a delicious tailgating standby; you can’t go wrong with slow-roasted meat so tender that it falls apart with two forks, lightly drenched in some tangy-sweet BBQ sauce. And while I’m sure your go-to recipe is the best and that everyone always requests it, why not branch out a little and show that pork butt some love? Here’s the nudge you need to switch up your tailgating favorites.
- Have smoker, will travel? Brine your butt (yes, I went there) in molasses before smoking with Alton Brown’s Barbecue Pork Butt recipe. Keep the smoker going for MO Gridder’s BBQ Pork Butt sandwich or coat the pork in mustard and a dry rub for Smoked Boston Pork Butt.
- Throwback to the 25 Ways to Use Beer post with Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt (pictured above).
- Use a piece of boneless pork shoulder and store-bought kimchi for Korean comfort food at home: Kimchi Stew with Braised Pork.
- Brian Boitano serves his Braised Hawaiian Pork Shoulder with Mashed Parsnips and Celery Root — Pho Poi.
- Equally delicious served hot or at room temp, single-serving Pork Pies are a great (and filling) portable lunch option.
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On Sunday while your team is facing off in New Orleans (or perhaps waiting it out to try again next year), skip a pitcher of beer in favor of these classier cocktails. The Long Bar at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa passed along a few theme drinks to turn your party into an at-home cocktail smack down between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. So while you’re watching all the action go down in the Superdome, be sure to have a cocktail shaker on hand. Not a fan of either team? We too are equal opportunity cocktail drinkers, so sip away.
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I love any excuse to host a potluck and Super Bowl Sunday is perfect for this! If you’re providing a place to watch the game, why not enlist your guests to help out with the food? With just a bit of advance planning, you can have a fuss-free party with fantastic food and great company (assuming they’re cheering for your team). Any time I host a potluck I like to keep these tips in mind.
1. Map out a menu early giving your guests plenty of time to shop and prepare. Giving your guests some direction on what to bring rather than leaving it entirely up to them can be really helpful and prevent a spread of multiple seven layer dips.
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In advance of the Big Game that’s happening this weekend, we thought we’d help you up your own game — your Nacho Game that is. And we don’t mean store-bought chips served with store-bought dip. Add one of these recipes to your Super Bowl menu, and everyone will win, no matter which team they are rooting for.
Once you pick your recipe, it’s time to perfect the dish. Here are 5 ways to raise your nacho game:
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We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
There’s nothing like getting a group together for a game-watching party — the entertainment’s a no-brainer, the food is hassle-free and the guests arrive ready to have a good time. This year, I hosted a big-game party for a group of fellow fans, and after a bit of planning, the day came together in a way that was both stylish and sporty. The food centered around a build-your-own-chili bar with details in our home-team colors, and in addition to the game playing on a big screen, I set out some fun activities and more than enough beer.
To throw your own football game-day party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
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My fiancé and I aren’t really the types to have a local watering hole where everybody knows our name. It’s not that we aren’t social, but we much prefer to entertain from home. The closest thing we do have to our own “spot” is a happening little Irish pub just a few miles away.
Everything—and I mean everything—on their menu is amazing (which is sort of surprising, in that the restaurant lurks in a chain-obsessed suburban strip mall) but it’s the oh-so-sinful ‘cheddar & ale dip’ that keeps us coming back for more.
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