You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy The Big Game, especially when there's a great spread. Chips and dip, fried foods, and pigs in a blanket are all favorites, but we love the tradition of serving regional foods from the competing teams. This year, we're looking to (in no order of preference!) San Francisco and Kansas City.
While both cities and their surrounding communities are multi-cultural culinary destinations with iconic and celebrated dishes on every corner, we're narrowed it down to two crowd favorites. Who will you root for?
Pork ribs are a mainstay of Kansas City barbecue, and with their thick, ketchup-based barbecue sauce, these tender and smoky ribs are the real MVP. If you don't have a smoker, you can cook these ribs on your grill. You can even roast them in the oven until tender, and then mark on the grill or under the broiler. Serve with baked beans, coleslaw, or mac and cheese for a classic barbecue feast.
A lot of incredible foods come to mind when you think of the Bay area, but this time of year, oysters are a stand-out. Served raw with plenty of garnishes, they are the perfect party food. But for a day that sort of screams "grilling!" we love this grilled recipe with a simple but ultra-flavorful scallion butter. If you like a little heat, add some minced chiles to your butter to really kick things off.