“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Super Bowl Edition

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Brilliant Hacks For Your Super Bowl Watch Party

The big game is just days away, and whether you’ll be rooting for the 49ers, cheering on the Chiefs, or tuning in solely for Usher, it’s sure to be a spectacle worth watching! (I consider events like this an excellent excuse to spend an evening eating all my favorite snack foods, and I know I’m not the only one!)

If you plan to get together with your favorite people and watch the game, this post is full of tips and tricks that will make your game-day gathering even better. Enjoy this very special Super Bowl edition of my ongoing series, “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

To see some of these Super Bowl hacks in action, or to explore other installments in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series, check out the videos and links near the bottom of this post!

woman's hands holding up a chicken wing

1. Make Crispy Wings In Your Air Fryer

Wings are one of the most eaten foods during the Super Bowl, and one of the best ways to cook them is in your air fryer. It’s quick and easy, and they always come out extra crispy on the outside!

a bunch of hot dogs in a crockpot

2. Keep Hot Dogs Warm In A Slow Cooker

When you’re feeding a crowd, you can’t beat the convenience of hot dogs! With the help of your crockpot, you can cook enough hot dogs for your whole crew and keep them warm all afternoon.

showing how to push an entire 12 pack of  diet coke into a fridge

3. Slide Your Sodas

Stocking your fridge with canned drinks? Get them in the fridge in a flash by opening both ends of the box, setting one end on the shelf of your fridge, then gently pushing the cans into the fridge while sliding the box out. Easy!

putting a secret BBQ sauce onto a tray of boneless ribs

4. Make A Tasty Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Making ribs or pulled pork? Get the recipe for my super secret barbecue sauce and give it a try! It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, and even better, it takes less than a minute to make!

crockpot with a foil divider down the middle holding dip and chicken

5. Warm Two Foods In One Crockpot

Want to keep two dips or foods warm, but only have one crockpot? Use heavy-duty tin foil to create a divider in the center of your slow cooker, then put a slow cooker liner into each half and fill them with whatever you like!

bags of chips that have been turned into self standing bowls

6. Serve Chips In Their Own Bag

Chips are standard fare at game day gatherings, but did you know you can use a bag of chips as its own serving bowl? Start by opening the bag, then roll the top edge down to create a clean edge.

Poke the bottom corners of the bag towards the center to make a flat surface for the bag to stand on. Finally, roll the bottom of the bag upward to push the chips up to the top edge of the bag, and that’s it!

table covered in kraft paper with diet coke, chips and salsa, and popcorn sitting on the table and the labels for those three things have been written on the kraft paper in sharpie

7. Use Kraft Paper As A Tablecloth

Instead of subjecting a fabric tablecloth to potential messes, cover your game day snack table with kraft paper. You won’t have to worry about drips, spills, and splatters, and you can use a maker to label all your snacks.

chicken that has been shredded in a mixer

8. Shred Meats Effortlessly

If you’re planning on serving pulled pork, pulled chicken, or any other shredded meat, you can save a lot of time and effort by shredding it in your stand mixer rather than by hand.

Just put the meat into your stand mixer while it’s still hot, then use the paddle attachment the shred the meat on low speed until it’s shredded to your liking.

diet coke wrapped in a wet paper towel in a freezer

9. Chill Drinks Fast

Who among us hasn’t hosted a party or gathering and forgotten to put the drinks in the fridge ahead of time? Luckily, there’s an easy way to chill canned drinks in a hurry.

Wrap a damp paper towel around the drink, stick it in your freezer for 10-15 minutes, and it’ll come out frosty and ready to drink! (I highly recommend setting a timer so you don’t forget to take it out. Otherwise, you may end up with a very sticky mess in your freezer!)

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No need to settle for room-temperature drinks!
bowl of chili topped with cheese and green onions with cheesy bread on the side

10. Create A Chili Bar

Chili is one of the easiest things to make when you’re feeding a crowd! Make it even easier by setting up a “chili bar” so that everyone can help themselves!

Along with your pot of chili, set out a variety of toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped chives, cornbread, salsa, sliced red onions, hot sauce, avocado, etc. Everyone can dish up their chili how they like it, and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen!

paper towels and wet wipes sitting on a table

11. Offer Wipes For Sticky Fingers

If you’ll be serving wings or other finger foods, set out a package or two of wet wipes so your guests can keep their fingers (and your furniture) clean.

round pyrex dish in a cooler

12. Bring A Cooler To A Tailgate

If you’re going to a tailgate party, there’s an easy way to keep your food warm while you’re out in the cold: put it in a cooler! Coolers are just as good at keeping food warm as they are at keeping it cold and are easy to carry around.

bowl of tortilla chips with a goblet full of salsa sitting in the middle

13. DIY Chip-And-Dip Dish

You know those fancy chip-and-dip serving dishes with separate compartments? You can DIY one with dishes you already have at home! Just fill a stemmed glass with salsa, set it in the center of a large bowl, then fill the rest of the bowl with chips.

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  • Great ideas. Not sure the #3 one is useful. Why not keep the drinks in the box and then be able take out the box and carry all 12 at once. If you only need one at a time the box keeps them altogether.

    • If people will just be grabbing drinks straight from the fridge, then it’s the fastest way to get them all in there. Otherwise, the box works just fine! :-)

  • How about the recipe for the cornbread in the Chili bar picture??? Looks yummy and moist, I dislike dry, crumbly cornbread, I want mine to be more like a cake.

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  • Finally, after years of frying bacon that curls up I found the solution. I needed some bacon and decided to cook it as well as another pound to put in the freezer for next weeks BLT’s. (one fry mess to clean and 2 yummy bacon dishes done.) SO, while standing there frying and hating all those curled up edges, I grabbed my potato mashers (I have two different kinds) and just placed them on top of the curled edges and I didn’t have to hold them in place since they stand on their own. It only took a minute and they were flat! I can’t believe I’ve waited all these many, many years to figure this out. Had to pass it along.

    • Try baking your bacon! You can make it as crisp as you like, it doesn’t fold up and you don’t have to put or with splatters, burns on your arms from popping bacon fat when you turn the bacon. I line my pan with foil, let the bacon fat harden, then roll it up and throw it out. It does not mess up your oven. If you have a big enough pan you can back the whole pound at one time. Check Jillee hints or Pinterest for instructions on baking bacon.

      • I use my old broiler pan from the old cooking ranges. All the grease drains thru the slots, then you can save or toss. I bake the bacon.

    • If you fry bacon, start with a cold skillet. Place the bacon in the skillet, or any way you cook it. Then turn the heat on. Slowly heating the bacon stops it from curling. Also, you can buy a bacon press that keeps it flat while cooking. And pat s. why would you ever throw out your bacon grease? Put it in a container and keep it in the fridge or freezer, and use for flavor in other meals. I have never had enough (hubby uses it for his eggs), but I have heard it makes the best pie crust.

      • Yes! I save my bacon drippings too, especially given what I pay for pastured-raised, uncured bacon. After clarifying I chill it for use mainly in biscuits (in place of butter), but I’ve used it in piecrusts, cakes and cookies as well.

      • Terry…I too save my bacon grease. I just filter it through a coffee filter and throw the air tight glass container in my fridge. Adds a ton of flavor to so many things….including grilled cheese LOL

  • Chili bar is genius!! I did a taco bar for a graduation party. Ground beef and chicken. Also got small Fritos bags (Amazon!!) to make walking tacos!! Such a hit!!

  • Great ideas. I love the chip dip hack. I have an easy hack for making Chili fast. Just use 1 can of chili with beans and 1 can diced tomatoes. Then you just heat the mixture in a pan. Very easy and fast.

  • This is clearly the fruit of a lifetime full of fun parties, and the clear and emancipated decision not to be the slave of the feast (anymore) !!!

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