Super Bowl Party 101

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The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks are duking it out next week at Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona and you know what that means! Super Bowl parties! What better excuse to drink, eat and cheer on your favorite football team. Some of you may prefer to head to your local bar, others may head to friends’ parties, and the rest probably thrown their own Super Bowl party. That means throwing together some chips, dip, beer, cocktails and wings! Here are our tips:

Food

Make sure you have a diverse mix of snacks. That means vegetarian options for those who don’t eat meat, healthy nibbles for those who are watching their waistline, and plenty of cheesy, creamy, meaty deliciousness — wings, 7-layer dip, pizza, nachos — for those who love to pig out on Super Bowl Sunday. If you’re too busy to prepare everything yourself, ask your friends to make or buy something. Just be sure to keep track of what everyone wants to bring so you don’t have too much dip or too many wings.

Drinks

Grab some beer, maybe a bottle of hard liquor or two and some cocktail mixers, and ask your friends to bring some bottles or six-packs. Also remember that not everybody drinks alcohol. Make sure you have enough non-alcoholic beverages — soda water, ginger ale, diet coke, coke, iced tea, etc. — for guests who don’t want booze.

Now clear your table, make sure you have paper plates, plenty of napkins, forks and knives, and cups, and get ready for a good time! We found two recipes to help get you started. For a cocktail, we found a recipe for a Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned by Wasington D.C.’s Room 11, then we turned to chef John Stage, the owner and pitmaster at Harlem’s famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, for a recipe that will be sure to impress all your friends as you scream and boo at the television on Super Bowl Sunday. Want more? Check out his cookbook”The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Cookbook.”

Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

By Room 11, Washington, D.C.

⅓ cup sugar

6 ounces Kentucky bourbon

Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters or other aromatic bitters

4 orange coins or twists (for serving)

Burnt Sugar Syrup

Cook sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to turn golden brown around the edges. Stir to incorporate melted sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and, stirring constantly, gradually add ⅓ cup water (caramel will seize). Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a jar and chill.

Assembly

For each cocktail, combine 1½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. burnt sugar syrup, and a dash of bitters in a rocks glass. Add a large ice cube and stir. Rub rim of glass with orange coin before garnishing.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Wings

Servings:16 wings

Ingredients

4 pounds chicken wings, drums and flats intact

3 tablespoons red rub (see recipe below)

2 cups bbq sauce (preferably Dinosaur Bar-B-Que)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Red Rub

1/4 cup smoked paprika

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar

2 tablespoons dark chili powder

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon granulated onion

1 1/2 tablespoons black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon celery salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

For the wings

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Season wings with rub.
  2. Oil a sheet pan. Place wings on pan, don’t overcrowd. Place in oven and cook approximately 30 minutes until wings are 160-165 degrees.
  3. Take out of oven and turn the broiler on high. Coat wings with 3/4 – 1 cup of BBQ sauce. Place skin up and broil approximately 5-6 minutes until skin and sauce start to caramelize. Flip wings and broil for about another 4 minutes. Flip again to blister and char skin.
  4. Remove from broiler and toss with remaining sauce if desired.

For the red rub

  1. Mix together in a bowl. You will have leftover rub.