Did you know that Superbowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year? Yes, you heard me right! Grillers and barbecuers, it’s time to brave the cold and start those smokers and grills to produce some amazing foods to share with your friends and family at your Super Bowl party.
If you are like myself, who loves hosting a good Superbowl party, which is the first chance of the year that I get to impress my friends with all the skills that I have learned during the barbecue “off-season,”and start working on my competition techniques for the upcoming barbecue competition season.
Since I live in the mid-Atlantic, I am destined to enjoy the Super Bowl only in my house, but it surely doesn’t stop me from having fun. Here are a bunch of great tips for us grillers who want to host the best Super Bowl party and really impress our friends and family.
Here are some great tips and suggestions for hosting that perfect Super Bowl Party:
Tip #1 – PLAN, PLAN and do more PLANING:
I hate going to parties that look like it has been thrown together at the last minute. It seriously bothers me, and I am sure that your guests will be bothered by it too, unless it is a pot luck, of course. Take some time and plan out your menu from appetizers, the main dishes to even a dessert. It will help with your shopping and will also just give you some organization that will be helpful in the end. Make a checklist as it will make your life so easy, and you will have a sense of accomplishment once everything has been purchased and ready to go for your party.
Tip #2 – Don’t wait for the last minute:
Even though we are all so busy during the week, make time to go to the supermarket, butcher shop or wherever you need to go, because if you are going to be smoking or grilling some food, you need to make sure that you are not running around picking up last minute cups, drinks, and etc.
Tip # 3 ” Sharing is caring:
In my house, I’ve split the responsibilities with my wife on what needs to be done for the party. She usually is in charge of organizing the house and also the appetizers, drinks and dessert. I usually focus on the main meal, whether it is a brisket, chicken, pulled pork, or whatever we are serving as the main dish. Splitting the responsibilities is a great way to get more accomplished around the house or wherever you are throwing your Super Bowl party.
Tip #4 ” The Main Dish:
As I mentioned in my previous tip, I am usually the one in charge of the picking and preparing the main dish for our annual Super Bowl party. I always try to prepare something that I know is going to feed a lot of people at one time. So either smoking a brisket, ribs, or making pulled pork are usually my choices. I also treat my Super Bowl Sunday party as a good practice cook for barbecue competitions and as a test to try out some different rubs and sauces for the upcoming barbecue competition season. If you live in an apartment or a place where you don’t have any access to a smoker or grill, there are tons of great places that offer barbecue catering all across the country. Some places even ship all across the country.
Here are some great locations to try out:
The Salt Lick BBQ: The Salt Lick Restaurant has proudly served its nationally recognized open-pit Bar-B-Que for over forty years on the Roberts family ranch in Driftwood, Texas, just a short Hill Country drive from Austin.
Jack Stack’s BBQ: At Jack Stacks BBQ you can create your own barbecue platter from absolute favorites to just a sampler of all things Jack Stack BBQ.
17th Street Bar and Grill: Have some legendary barbecue for your Superbowl party. Mike Mills is affectionately called “The Legend”because of this barbecue. The 17th Street Feast includes 2 racks of our famous baby back ribs (12 bones each), 2 lbs. of pulled pork (makes 8-10 sandwiches), a half-gallon of our Tangy 17th Street Pit Beans (feeds 10-12) and a bottle of our Barbecue Sauce (choose from Original or Spicy) and Magic Dust.
Goode BBQ Company: The Goode BBQ Company ships their meat packages throughout the Continental US. For Super Bowl e-commerce meat orders, they recommend ordering before January 28.
Tip #5 – Appetizers & Desserts:
Did you know that 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday? Man that is a lot of avocados. The best thing to do in order to make your appetizers and desserts stand out is to make sure that they work well with what you are serving! Make sure that you also have enough food for a lot of people, and finger foods are usually the best idea!
Tip #6 ” Party Layout:
When I usually host a Superbowl party I have as many televisions going at one time. It also helps that I have two main areas: the kitchen and the man cave. I normally hang out downstairs once the meats have been taken out of the smoker, sliced and the smoker cleaned up because that is where the biggest TV in my house is located so why not hang out downstairs. If you have two areas that people are going to watch the game on, make sure that you fully stock those areas with food and also drinks because if you’re like me, once the game starts between all the amazing commercials and football, I don’t get up from my seat.
Tip # 7 ” Superbowl Party Games:
Whenever I host my Superbowl party, I make sure that everyone who attends the party gets interested in the game, even my guests who aren’t big football fans, and are mainly at the party to enjoy the event that is Superbowl Sunday ” eating, enjoying the half-time entertainment, and of course, the game day commercials. Also, for some reason the Super Bowl brings out the competitive spirit in everyone. So if you want to host the best Super Bowl party, you’ll want to customize the games that are played at the party. Make the activities football or Super Bowl-related, so that they complement the big game and not detract from it. Some good ideas include:
- Guessing Games
- A Pre-Game Football Pick-up
- Super Bowl Trivia
I hope that these great tips will make your Super Bowl party enjoyable!