90 million chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl Sunday (Wikipedia). I’m full just writing that!

Don't go up in smoke before the party!

Don’t go up in smoke before the party!

So the big game is coming up. You’re the guy with the big screen and the beer tap. You’re having way too many people over and you know something is going to get broken, the neighbors are going to complain and your wife has no intent of helping you with the food. Better know this!

 

  • Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve are the two biggest day of the year for alcohol consumption.
  • The average number of people attending any given Super Bowl Party is 17.
  • 8 million pounds of guacamole is eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Over 14,500 tons of chips are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, more food is consumed than on any other holiday in America other than Thanksgiving.
  • Super Bowl fans spend more than 50 million dollars on food during the four days prior to the Super Bowl

(Posted on funnystatus.com)

Here’s how to survive.

1                     Share the bounty. Ask people to bring something along with the beer. Salad, chips, popcorn, veggies (I was made to put that one in) and dip, anything that will lighten your load.

2                     More little food is better than big food. People want to snack. Change from burgers to sliders. You don’t want everybody to fill up on one thing.

3                     Timing is everything.  Work backwards from your scheduled time. Do something low and slow that you can prepare ahead and leave alone to take care of itself. Chili, stew, pulled pork, or brisket. Something that you can prepare and walk away.

4                     Only do one thing that needs immediate attention. If your doing wings, burgers, nacho, or something that has to be done at the last minute, have all your prep work done. Have the BBQ lit and up to temp. Have the veggies for the slaw shredded and ready to go for the last minute dressing. Have the beer in the fridge. Get as much done as possible before hand. Planning ahead means more eyeball time on the big screen.

5                     Don’t experiment! Go with your strengths. Doing something you’ve never tried before is for later. If you screw it up your chances of getting a pizza delivered to fill that void is slim. Remember this is the busiest day of the year for pizza delivery.

I’ve devised my menu based on the teams plus a little extra. Coffee rubbed brisket with a low and slow smoke served with slaw on dinner rolls for Seattle and Denver chili over coals because I’m not doing a Denver omelet.   Bacon wrapped, jalapeno stuffed chicken legs. I love the option of chicken legs over wings. They reduce the amount of effort when you think about it. The average person will eat 5 or 6 wings but only 1 or 2 legs. When you have a large amount of people it reduces what you’re juggling on the grill (did you read the stat!) These are started about 45 minutes before anyone shows up but were assembled earlier in the day so they’re good to go for game time.

Remember, sharing, bite sizes, timing, prepping, and going with your strengths.

Lastly, have an exit plan. Plan on getting everyone home safely or making sure they have a place to stay. The day after the Super Bowl has the largest number of people calling in sick. Did you book a vacation day? Because your boss knows you’re not sick!

Be well and eat well

Scott

TheArtisanalGrill.com

Topics: Super Bowl Party

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