Can you still enjoy the Big Game this year without a party? 100% YES. I’m proud to represent the BBQ industry and would love nothing more than to see my BBQ sauces being poured onto burgers and steaks across the country this February for game day parties, but I’m here to say… keep it small! This year, pour that BBQ sauce onto fewer plates. Let’s be responsible for one another and stay home to watch the game with our immediate household members. Home gatherings are one of the quickest ways to spread the Coronavirus, as we’ve seen over the holiday season, so let’s enjoy the game without spreading this deadly virus. It’s a small sacrifice that we can all make. And since you won’t be making vats of nachos or racks and racks of ribs for dozens of people, here are a few delicious BBQ ideas suited for smaller servings.
-Individual cast iron skillets! These are awesome and make a meal feel super special. You can make a variety of different recipes in these. Tortilla chip nachos or tater tot nachos are some of my favorites served in an individual cast iron skillet. It provides your own private nacho moment and you don’t have to share.
-Burritos! No one wants to roll dozens of burritos for game day… but if you only need to roll a few, it sounds like a dream! Stuff these with pulled pork, refried beans, cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo for the perfect game day meal.
-Wings all for myself? Don’t have to twist my arm for this one. I grill some wings and glaze them in any of our bold BBQ sauce flavors for the last few minutes of grilling. They never disappoint!
-Loaded baked potatoes are easy and customizable. I like mine with a sweet potato stuffed with black beans, corn, cotija cheese, shredded red cabbage, cilantro, salsa and Chef Hak’s avocado lime dressing.
-Veggies and dips… double dip all you want with your own platter of raw veggies and an array of Chef Hak’s salad dressings like ranch, caesar, blue cheese and olive oil lemon.
-Onion rings are always tough to make for lots of people as they have to be eaten right away! So this is the perfect excuse to make them just for you and eat them immediately! Take one large thinly sliced onion and coat each slice in a mixture of ½ cup flour, ½ cup water, 1 egg, a teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking powder and fry in 1 inch of oil for 1 to 1.5 minutes on each side. Dip into Chef Hak’s Brown Sugar Roasted Garlic BBQ sauce.
So whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or just using the day as an excuse to eat great food, let’s all do our part to keep everyone safe this year. Did I mention you don’t have to share your food?
-Chef Sharone Hakman