Unfortunately, for most of us, our teams aren’t playing this Sunday. While that may be sad, it does give us the capacity to focus on what Super Bowl Sunday is really about...food and beer. I’m sure you’re thinking about supporting Peyton Manning’s Papa John’s investment, but here at Unhemmed we believe that you and your friends deserve better and more delicious grub this Sunday. Food that’s both easy-as-hell to prepare and is going to blow your guest’s minds. To that end, we scoured the far reaches of cyberspace and pulled together a list of tasty, easy-to-execute recipes perfect for the big game. Additionally, because a man can’t live on Bud Light alone, we’ve also provided some delicious (and nutritious!) beer recommendations as well. Prepare to take your party to the next level, the Super Bowl is here!
Queso Dip with Chorizo - Velveeta? You’re damn right. We’re not too good for it and neither are you. Especially when it’s all done up with chilies, spicy chorizo, and all manner of deliciousness.
Drink This: A crisp pilsner or lager will counteract the spices and whet your whistle in the first quarter. Try Lagunitas Pils or a german-style lager like Spaten.
Spiced Candied Bacon - Bacon as an appetizer? Hell yes! This is what it’s all about. Throw down a plate of delicious bacon and kick back and accept the compliments and hugs. This is how real men eat, men like Ron Swanson.
Drink This: Match the rich, smoky flavors of the bacon with amber ale like Anderson Valley Boont Amber or Abita Amber.
Avocado Deviled Eggs - Your childhood favorite all gussied up with spices and some creamy avocado. Hey, don’t be shy, go ahead and sprinkle on some of that delicious bacon you made on top too.
Drink This: Try a classic American pale ale like Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, or Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Oregon’s famed Deschutes Brewery.
Spicy Korean Wings - Sure, we love OG Buffalo wings just as much as the next guy. But Super Bowl Sunday demands something special, and easier to execute. These spicy, savory, oven-baked wings are an outstanding alternative. Don’t worry about the exotic ingredients, most supermarkets have korean chili paste or, in a pinch, just reach for that go-to bottle of Sriracha.
Drink This: A bright, hoppy IPA is the perfect accompaniment. Every city has a great local version by now so go local. Or look for a few of our favorites...Bear Republic Racer 5, Victory Brewing Hop Devil, or Dogfish Head 60 min IPA.
Football parties are, for us, all about using the slow cooker. Perhaps the best, most convenient kitchen MVP that a man can own, the simplicity and outstanding results that a slow cooker can yield are impressive. Just throw the stuff in there first thing in the morning and hit “Start”. By halftime you’ll have a pot full of deliciousness and high fives coming your way.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork - This recipe couldn’t be easier, plus it’s infinitely customizable to your tastes. Rub a 2 - 4 lb pork shoulder liberally with yellow mustard and season with salt, pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Drop it in the crock pot with 1 bottle of good beer, half a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce, and a splash of hot sauce. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours until tender. Shred with forks and serve with hawaiian sweet rolls and pickles or cole slaw. The leftovers make incredible nachos too. Who cares what the score is, PORK.
Slow Cooker Chili - I mean come on, chili and football? It’s a match made in heaven, just do it already.
Drink This: These bold flavors will pair well with literally any beer of your choosing, but a smoky porter or a spicy red ale will complement nicely. Try beers like Stone Brewing Levitation, Deschutes Black Butte, or Smuttynose Robust Porter.
Here’s to the most delicious Super Bowl of your life, don’t forget to send us an invite. Feast on comrades!