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Raichlen’s Super Bowl Menu, 2015

The second biggest eating day of the year (second only to Thanksgiving) is approaching fast.

I speak of Super Bowl Sunday, of course, that can’t-not-watch slugfest between America’s top pro footballers. Sunday’s game pits the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.

As usual, we take perverse pleasure in researching ticket prices. At this writing, $5,000 will buy you nosebleed seats in the stadium at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, while exactly $150,501 (what’s with the extra dollar?) grants you access to a corner party loft with catered food. Parking is extra. Ouch.

My take? When it comes to tailgating, there’s no place like home. (See my Barbecue Trends for 2015.) Great seats (not to mention cheap!) for the game, half-time show, and commercials, no long lines for the bathroom, and best of all—WAY better food.

I’m a part time New Englander, so you can guess which team I’ll root for. But I take a nonpartisan approach to the food. This year, I’m honoring the culinary traditions of both contenders. Last year, if you’ll recall, the Seachickens Seahawks played the Denver Broncos. In my playbook, it was Planked Salmon with Mustard-Dill Sauce versus Bison Burgers.

This year, I’ll serve Pacific Northwest-Style Salmon Candy on knotted skewers and smoke Dungeness Crab and Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers. In homage to my beloved Patriots, I’ll serve Maple-Smoked Ribs with Molasses Barbecue Sauce and a killer dessert, New England Smoked Apple Crisp. And for non-partisans of Super Bowl XLIX, there’s a PC and exceedingly meaty Pork and Beef Smokehouse Chili that doesn’t take sides.

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If you want even more inspiration for Sunday’s sports-inspired bacchanal, download Raichlen’s Tailgating! 31 Recipes for On-the-Go Grilling.

And as always, post photos of YOUR Super Bowl Feast on the Barbecue Board or Facebook.

Salmon Candy
Dungeness Crab Jalapeño Poppers
Maple- and Molasses-Glazed Baby Back Ribs
Smoke-Roasted Apple Crisp
Beef and Pork Chili