The Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday! And whether you’re watching for the 49ers, the Chiefs, or J.Lo and Shakira, it’s sure to be a spectacle worth tuning in for! At the very least, it’s a great excuse to hang out and eat all your favorite snack foods! ;-)
If you’re also planning on getting together with friends or family to watch the Big Game, you’ve come to the right place! Because today I’ll be sharing tips and tricks for game-day festivities in a very special Super Bowl edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”
To check out the other installments in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series, visit the link at the bottom of this post!
1. Extra Crispy Wings
Wings are a game-day staple! If you’re planning on making wings for your watch party, cook them in your air fryer. It’s quick and easy to do, and it’s an effortless way to ensure they turn out extra crispy on the outside!
2. Hot Dog Hero
When it comes to 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 everyone one all at once, and keep them warm all afternoon too!
3. Slide Your Sodas
This hack for putting soda cans in your fridge is a great time-saver! Carefully open both ends of a box of soda, then place one end of the box on the shelf of your fridge. Put your hand through the other end of the box and gently push the cans so they slide out onto the shelf!
4. BBQ Sauce Secret
Making ribs or pulled pork? Check out the recipe for my super secret barbecue sauce here. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, and even better, it takes less than a minute to make!
5. Double Duty Crockpot
Want to heat two dips, but only have one crockpot? Use heavy duty tin foil to create a divider that runs down the center of your slow cooker. Then grab a couple of slow cooker liners and put one into each side of your newly divided crockpot. Your crockpot is now ready to do double duty!
6. Chip Bag Serving Bowl
Turn a bag of chips into a handy serving bowl! Start by opening the bag, then rolling the top edge down to create a cleaner edge.
Then poke the bottom corners of the bag in towards the center, making a flat surface for the bag to stand on. Then roll the bottom of the bag upward until the chips are pushed to the top edge, and serve!
7. Easy Table Cleanup
Instead of using a cloth tablecloth on game day, cover your table with kraft paper instead! You won’t have to worry about drips, spills, and splatters, and you can use a Sharpie to label each dish right on the paper!
8. Effortless Pulled Meat
Planning on serving pulled pork or pulled chicken? Instead of shredding all that meat by hand, use your stand mixer instead!
Just put the meat into your stand mixer while it’s still hot. Put on the paddle attachment, then run the mixer on low speed until it’s shredded to your liking!
9. Chill Drinks Fast
Forgot to put your drinks in the fridge beforehand? Wrap a damp paper towel around the drink, then put it in your freezer for 10 minutes. It’ll be ready to drink before you know it!
(If you’re forgetful like I am, it’s a good idea to set a timer for this. You don’t want to end up cleaning up a frozen drink explosion!)
10. Make 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 the way they like it, and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen!
11. Prepare For Sticky Fingers
If you’ll be serving wings, it’s a good idea to be prepared for sticky fingers! Set out a package of wet wipes so your guests can clean up quickly and easily.
12. Tailgating Tip
At a tailgate party, you need an easy way to keep your food warm while you’re out in the cold. My favorite method is to use a cooler! Coolers are just as good at keeping food warm as they are at keeping drinks cold, and they’re easy to carry around too.
13. DIY Chip-And-Dip Dish
You know those fancy chip-and-dip serving dishes with the separate compartments? You can DIY one with dishes you already have at home!
Fill a stemmed glass (like a wine glass) with salsa and set it in the center of a large bowl. Then fill the rest of the bowl with chips, and it’s ready to serve!
Will you be watching the Super Bowl this year?
The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series
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