With the Super Bowl looming I think it's was time to share to some of my favorite recipes for the greatest game watching snacks on earth: Wings and Ribs!
Now getting real Bar B Q ribs at home is impossible without a smoker out back but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some finger lickin good baby backs, and just because we lack a deep-fryer in our kitchens doesn’t mean we have to to wing deprived come game day.
For these Super Bowl snack my motto is KISS, not the band though their song Shock Me might be appropriate if you start getting heavy handed with the spices. No, I am, of course referring to Keeping it Simple, and not necessarily calling anybody Stupid, but that’s how the saying goes.
So how does one make great wings and ribs at home with a minimum of muss and fuss?
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Well the truth is you just have to improvise. Instead of deep-frying our wings we’ll be parboiling them and then backing them, same for the ribs. While this seems to violate my KISS plan the truth is a little extra work up front will make both the ribs and wings taste better and leave you more time to watch the game.
Both recipes are a little on the spicy side so will pair well with beer and light, crisp whites. On of my favorite wines for these types of dishes (spicy, fatty, intensely flavored) is Txacoli from the Basque region of Spain. Txacoli is a very light white wine, usually with a tiny bit of fizz that cleans the mouth and refreshes the palate. If you can find one I highly recommend it for game day! If not you can right ahead and pair your favorite white or rose with both the ribs and the wings. The ribs are also red friendly, particularly when paired with something like a fresh Garnacha from Spain, Sangiovese from Italy or Zinfadnel from California. I think the key to a successful paring here is to try and keep the wines light, fruity, and refreshing.
So enjoy these Super Bowl snacks while rooting for your team,and check out next week’s email for a pair of Super Bowl inspired recipes!