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#1 Toliver

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

What'cha making?

I'm not hosting but have been invited to a Superbowl party.
Does anyone have some suggestions for "portable" menu items? I'm looking for something that will transport well and has been popular with the party crowds.

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#2 lancastermike

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

I would be smoking pork butt and pulling it. But, you gotta know your crowd. These events are not the time to demonstrate your cutting edge skills. Fancy is not usually the way to go, unless it fits with your group. The things that work best are the old standbys.

I make my own salsa and that is usually a big hit at this sort of event. Somebody usually shows up with a jar of store bought and folks are happy to see the difference.

#3 Jason Perlow

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Smoked pork butt definitely. Also tamales.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Isn't the #1 consumed item at super bowl parties the guacamole?

Of course, if my team makes it to the big game, I don't want to spend any time in the kitchen...I'll be watching the game.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

4 Can Bean Salad. It's 1 can each of garbanzos, blackeyed peas, canallini beans and petite diced tomatoes. Drain beans, rinse well, shake off excess water, combine with tomatoes in a large bowl. Reserve most of the tomato juice, use the remainder in with the tomatoes & beans. Add a large red onion, chopped fairly fine, and one head of 'celery hearts' (generally sold in 2 packs) ditto. Season to taste with salt, moisten with Newman's own dressing (original flavour, or olive oil Italian) and leftover tomato juice. Season with plenty of thyme, a bit of basil, oregeno if desired and pepper. Can garnish with roasted peppers. Add a can of corn to mix , if desired, and black beans, too. Chill for several hours, covered, stir, add more Ital. dressing if desired and bring to cool room temp before serving.


ETA: black beans.

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#6 Tri2Cook

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

I'm leaning towards tiki bar grub. Thinking kalua pork sliders, maybe chieftan chicken and crab rangoon or coconut shrimp. Non-fussy, eat-with-the-fingers stuff and most of the work can be done ahead. And beer... I don't plan to play bartender during the game.
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#7 FeChef

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Im doing SV+ smoked brisket sliders with red cabbage coleslaw and my homemade pineapple BBQ sauce. Buffalo chicken Casadias. And my off the hook chili con carne. This year its a mix of coarse ground beef and cubed deer tenderloin. Then you got your normal snacks like salsa and tortilla chips, celery and blue cheese dressing to go along with the Buffalo chicken Casadias. Oh and the most impportant ingredient for us Americans...BEER!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

I did the momofuku Bo Saam last year and it was a huge success. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it.
http://www.nytimes.c...ku-bo-ssam.html

Going to the game this year so no cooking for me :D


Go everyone but the falcons!

Edited by Twyst, 18 January 2013 - 06:12 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:27 AM

I second tamales, but then I'm a tamale freak.

I'm going to try some of the modernist techniques on wings this year.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:39 AM

I second tamales, but then I'm a tamale freak.


I'd third tamales but I can't get masa or corn husks where I live. Every place I've found them online that will ship is in the U.S. and charges 2 - 3x what I'm paying for the product for shipping to Canada. So tamales are no longer something I do. Same problem with banana leaves... so I'll be faking it a bit if I do tha kalua pork.
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#11 eternal

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Going to smoke short ribs, pork ribs and a pork butt (16 hours in the BGE) along with make potato salad, cornbread and coleslaw. Having a bunch of people over so am asking everybody to bring something - side, dessert, beer. Worked out well last year.

Off to the butcher in a couple hours to get a rack of beef ribs - never smoked them before so figure a trial run is a good idea.

#12 Paul Bacino

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

I'm doing some Beef ribs ..off my Wagyu rib primal>

Going to use a dry rub only , a day ahead, high heat sear in oven, smoke for about 2 hrs and finish low and slow..
Its good to have Morels

#13 rotuts

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

knew it was going to be Beef, PB. look forward to some pics. rub, etc, etc, ...

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

I've always had good luck with deep fried brussels sprouts, dressed in sweet-n-spicy asian fish sauce - just make sure you fry them right before the party.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:31 PM


I second tamales, but then I'm a tamale freak.


I'd third tamales but I can't get masa or corn husks where I live. Every place I've found them online that will ship is in the U.S. and charges 2 - 3x what I'm paying for the product for shipping to Canada. So tamales are no longer something I do. Same problem with banana leaves... so I'll be faking it a bit if I do tha kalua pork.


Do you have a Longo's nearby? The one I go to sells masa harina.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

I did a test run of the short ribs on the smoker and they were insanely good. I made a rub of just a little brown sugar, salt, coarse ground szechuan peppercorns and lots and lots of coarse ground black pepper. I didn't measure anything. I smoked them on the weber for about 3 hours between 250-350 degrees until the meat hit about 284 degrees and let it rest. They cooked faster than I hoped (I was having a hard time keeping the temp down on the grill) so I was a little worried but the end result was fantastic. Can't wait to buy a whole lot more for the game.

I eat brussel sprouts a lot but for some reason have never deep fried them. Maybe that's the final thing to add to the party.

#17 Tri2Cook

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:14 PM

Do you have a Longo's nearby? The one I go to sells masa harina.


Nope. We have a, until a couple months ago, privately-owned grocery store that was bought out by somebody (whichever chain carries the Compliments stuff) but it didn't have much effect on what they carry... the prices just went up. They haven't even changed the name so far. There are a couple other options about an hour away but neither carries the stuff I mentioned. It's not a big deal, I'm used to not being able to find things I want here. :biggrin:
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#18 FeChef

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:16 AM

I made my brisket. I froze a few pounds for superbowl, along with my chili. Im ready to go.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

For the party I'm going to, I'm making a middle eastern dip platter: hummus (which I made with a little smoked paprika), white bean dip (seasoned with turmeric and chili powder), baba ghanoush and muhammara.

I'm also going to make flatbread on Sunday morning -- some I will toast, some I will leave soft.

#20 Eastgate

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

Chopped chicken liver. I might make some brioche, too.


#21 FeChef

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Wow im definitely on the wrong forum for superbowl season food.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:28 PM

Only a few guys over for the SB this year.

Firing up the WSM for ribs, wings, ABT's.

May make some Ceviche as well. Our local Mexican market has rocoto chiles on a regular basis.
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#23 rotuts

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:02 AM

ABT's sounds good. Pics at 1/2 tiime better!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:42 AM


I second tamales, but then I'm a tamale freak.


I'd third tamales but I can't get masa or corn husks where I live. Every place I've found them online that will ship is in the U.S. and charges 2 - 3x what I'm paying for the product for shipping to Canada. So tamales are no longer something I do. Same problem with banana leaves... so I'll be faking it a bit if I do tha kalua pork.


Where do you live in Canada? The No Frills in Cabbagetown in Toronto carries masa, I was very surprised to see the other day.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:08 AM

I've been making 'Texas Red' for a few years now - also called 'son of a bitch in a sack'. Basically an 'old' cattle drive recipe of beef chili cooked with powdered spices, various reconstituted chiles and beer - no tomatoes and no beans.

We used it on nachos with a sprinkle of scallion - hits the spot
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#26 TylerK

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Variation on pigs in a blanket. Puff pastry slathered with a maple bourbon mustard and wrapped around home made fresh chorizo sausage (casings removed).

#27 rotuts

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

Sooooo, Soooo, everybody: posting 1/2 time pics?

Please? :biggrin:

#28 Paul Bacino

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Darn.. wife changed plans!!

She wanted turkey chili and wings ( MC )

Thats ok ...a little more age wont hurt my ribs a bit!!
Its good to have Morels

#29 rotuts

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

PB: where's the Beef? Speak-Easy?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

I've been making 'Texas Red' for a few years now - also called 'son of a bitch in a sack'. Basically an 'old' cattle drive recipe of beef chili cooked with powdered spices, various reconstituted chiles and beer - no tomatoes and no beans.

We used it on nachos with a sprinkle of scallion - hits the spot


That sounds interesting. Im very picky with tomatoes in my chili. I always use fresh when its harvest time, and in a pinch i use good quality can crushed tomatoes and a few fresh from the grocery store. But i never heard of using reconstituted chiles. Are these chiles mild as to not add heat? I prefer to add powders for the heat level. Oh yeah and chili would not be complete without adding beer.

Edited by FeChef, 02 February 2013 - 02:45 PM.