All year long, we look forward to the Super Bowl. Sure, our favorite teams don’t always make it in, and sometimes it’s a blowout, but we still love an excuse to have a party and hang out with friends and family.
Since it’s not just any given Sunday but the big game, your guests are expecting and deserve more than a mere bag of chips and some greasy pizza. Would Vince Lombardi have settled for such mediocrity?
So to help you throw the ultimate Super Bowl party, we asked grilling expert Steven Raichlen, author of the best-selling The Barbecue! Bible and host of PBS’ Barbecue University, what you should serve on Sunday. His answer is the delicious and boozy Beef and Pork Chili featured in his forthcoming cookbook, Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. (It’s coming out in May.)
The secret ingredient to the hearty dish is actually a bottle of beer, which gives it a malty note. It also calls for both beef tenderloin tips and ground beef as well as ground pork and a host of common spices. The best part is that it takes just an hour to fix a big pot of it—plus, you can prepare the chili well in advance, so that you don’t spend the first half of the game in the kitchen. “Make sure you’re a guest at your own party,” advises Raichlen.
Then during the third or fourth quarter, when your guests have had their fill of chili and the game is grinding along, it’s time to whip up Raichlen’s hot drink The Caribou. (The recipe is also from his new cookbook.) It’s basically mulled wine that’s spiked with cognac, which you set on fire. Yes, on fire. (Please be very careful and have an extinguisher handy!) Think of it as your own pyrotechnic halftime show. Here’s to the Super Bowl!
(Photo courtesy Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys)