For as much as the Super Bowl hangs on anticipation and uncertainty, there isn’t a lot about the de-facto national holiday left up in the air — least of all the food.
Generally speaking, you can bet on a few staples: chips, guac, beer and lots of carby finger food. But there are still plenty of angles you can take with kickoff classics — a different take on guacamole or something more involved, such as roasted potatoes with duck fat and parmesan. Here are a few ideas of what to eat and drink, with some gear recommendations for good measure. So make sure you’ve got the biggest, best TV you can find (there are some great deals on them now) and get ready to relish in the game — or the commercials.
One-Pot Sticky Wings to Carry You through Football Season (and Beyond)
From Andrew Zimmern, the indomitable palate behind Bizarre Foods, we bring you our go-to sticky wings recipe for Super Bowl Sunday. (Stack of napkins not included.)
The Best Everyday Hot Sauces, According to Pro Chefs
As dumb as it sounds, hot sauce loyalty is a thing. We asked professional chefs what their favorite market variety hot sauces are, and things got heated. Find out which of the following is best to douse your wings while watching the Patriots go head to head with the Rams.
You Should Be Making Your Own Queso Dip For the Super Bowl
Thinking about buying pre-made cheese dip? Don’t. Instead, check out this recipe for Austin-style, crowd-pleasing queso from Lisa Fain’s QUESO! cookbook, topped with guacamole and served with sturdy chips. It may be easier to just buy some, but this is a Super Bowl food idea that’s surprisingly easy and, most importantly, totally winning when it comes to flavor.
If You Want to Be Lazy, Order Delivery
Great, so you got stuck with hosting the Super Bowl party. Forget about cooking anything — though we do have some pretty great recipes you should try out — and order delivery instead. Seamless is one of many delivery services holding Super Bowl Sunday deals on takeout.
How to Make Truly Great Guacamole
Avocados are just a piece of the puzzle. Great guac is the harmonious blend of different flavors and textures. Discover the perfect blend in time for Sunday by checking out this recipe from Gonzalo Guzmán, the chef and owner of San Francisco’s much-loved restaurant Nopalito.
Super Bowl Sunday is a day for celebration for football fans and non-fans alike. It’s a day where over 1 billion chicken wings will go missing. That’s going to require some good beer to wash all those wings down. So we asked craft brewers what they’ll be drinking when they watch the Super Bowl this weekend. Heed their advice.
Make These Baked Beans from Scratch and You’ll Never Look Back
Ditch the canned beans for something a little more elevated that still doesn’t require a lot of effort. From renowned Southern chef and slow cooker evangelist Hugh Acheson comes a recipe for Boston-style “baked” beans.
A Superior Way to Make Roasted Potatoes
When it comes to serving up good finger food to guests, it’s never a bad call to order some fries. A better call, though, is roasting some of your own potatoes with this recipe from Marte Marie Forseberg’s The Cottage Kitchen. No matter how the game goes, you can at least be proud of these duck fat and parmesan topped morsels.
20 Great American Lagers Not Named Budweiser
Not as big on IPAs? There are more easy-drinking lagers out there than just those from mega-brewers. For sessionable drinking on game day, our go-to list ranges from pilsners to amber lagers and everything in between.
9 Delicious IPAs You Can Buy at Your Local Grocery Store
Whether you are trying to balance out your spicy wings, celebrate a touchdown or take the edge off a ridiculous call – having a good IPA on hand is always a good idea. These nine are tasty, reliable and easy to find (and they won’t cost an arm and a leg to stock your fridge with).
8 Bottle Openers That Won’t Let You Down
Bottlescrew, cap opener, church key or just ‘bottle opener’, no matter what you call it the best way to open a beer is with by grabbing the closest tool at hand. Unless, of course, it doesn’t actually work. Here are some options that won’t let you down.
25 Grill Recipes You Should Bookmark Right Now
A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. These easy grill recipes will help you pull off a game day touchdown, and there will still be enough time to watch the Super Bowl.
The 10 Best Mail-Order Meat Companies in America
Mail-order meat companies used to be all talk. Nowadays, some of the best butchers and meat producers in the country are in on the game. Take a look through some of the best and you may just find something you can get in time for the big game.
The 6 Best Grills to Buy if You Live in a Small Apartment or House
Even if you’re a city-bound football fand like many of us here at Gear Patrol, you don’t have to give up on grilling on Super Bowl Sunday. In this guide to small space grilling, we cover what you need to know before buying, and the six best compact grills to buy.
This Is the Best Low-Maintenance Charcoal Grill You Can Buy Today
For those who are more fortunate in the square-footage department, you may want to consider this amazing charcoal grill. PK’s grills were designed almost 70 years ago and continue to outcook the competition. The brand’s newest grill promises all the virtues of the original and then some.
The Dish: Elevate Your Gameday Wings
For Super Bowl LIV, we asked one of our favorite chefs, Jamie Bissonnette, to show us how to cook a crowd-pleaser. Here’s his easy recipe for sweet and tangy chicken wings.
Blistered Peppers Are the Game-Day Party Snack You’re Not Making
Ultimately, only two things matter when preparing a spread for a Saturday or Sunday football binge — taste and ease of preparation. These peppers are as easy to make as sitting back and watching the big game.
This Is the Tailgating Cocktail to End All Tailgating Cocktails
Those familiar with cocktails, whiskey, beer, spirits or really anything with alcohol in it have probably read Aaron Goldfarb’s work. To say this cocktail is gin-forward would be an understatement.
The Perfect Super Bowl Party Drink Is… Beer Punch?
How to make a high-brow beer cocktail, in a bowl, for you and all your friends this Sunday. In a shareable copper bowl with six long straws, the drink is a perfect group drink for the Super Bowl.
12 Classic IPAs That Still Stand Up Today
We’re currently bombarded with over a dozen varieties of IPAs. But digging past the Milkshake IPAs and Belgian IPAs, you’ll find yourself looking at the classic IPAs that started it all. Here are 12 to remind you what those taste like.
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