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Super Bowl: the Game of Food

Table spread

The new year has begun and winter has settled in for a stay. Football, America’s other national pass time, is finishing up another season and soon the championship game will decide the gridiron victors for the year. Though the Super Bowl is not an official holiday it may as well be. On that fateful Sunday the supermarkets will be raided for booze and food; food that will sustain millions of viewers as they watch the final two teams fight for the glory of the golden trophy. This year my own Cheeseheads didn’t even make the playoffs, so for me, it will be a bittersweet viewing.

At every Super Bowl party, each host or hostess will have their own spread. I’ve seen a range of tables, some laden with just chips and finger foods while others go all out with make your own chili and pizzas. I’ve seen kebabs, hamburgers,  hotdogs and on occasion a full Chinese banquet. This year I’ll be doing ribs and chicken rubbed in Jovian Pantry® V Spice Seasoning, with a V Spice Seasoning sauce on the side. It’s quick and easy, and you don’t need much prep time. While the meats slow cook in the oven I’ll also be making two types of potato salads, slaw, and getting out my new favorite, pickled fennel. Then, when the ribs and chicken are done and out of the oven it’s every person for themselves. Paper plates and aluminum containers are a convenient way to serve the food and cleanup is a breeze.

If you don’t want to commit to actual cooking, toss some V Spice Seasoning with some Chex mix, it goes great on unsalted mixed nuts too! For some heat try adding cayenne pepper or sriracha. I know for a fact it will be a hit!!

Try any or all of our ideas for your game day party because they are easy, authentic and delicious!

Super Easy Super Ribs

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Cut 4 sheets of aluminum foil that are long enough to completely wrap the ribs, about twice the length.
  3. Cut one of the sheets into 4 even pieces then crumple into logs. Stack the remaining foil sheets and place the crumpled logs evenly in the center. They will support the ribs so they can be wrapped without touching the bottom, which promotes even cooking.
  4. Rub the ribs with V Spice Seasoning on both sides, then lay across the foil logs. Take care to make sure the ribs are supported evenly.
  5. Bring the top and bottom edges of the first foil layer together and tightly fold over the ribs, then tightly fold the remaining ends. Make sure the seals are tight because the goal is to keep any steam from escaping.  
  6. Repeat step 5 with the remainder of the sheets.
  7. Place the packet into the oven and bake for 3 hours.
  8. Remove the packet and carefully unseal the to expose the ribs. It will release a lot of scalding hot steam, oven mitts are recommended for this step.
  9. Set the oven to broil. Baste the cooked ribs with VS BBQ Sauce and return to the oven. Broil for about 2-3 minutes or until browned and bubbling.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Using this method the meat will be tender, moist, and falling off the bone!

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