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Denver versus Carolina recipes for Sunday’s big game

Chef William Rini shares recipes that are sure to make your your party this Sunday a hit.

If you’re throwing a party for this Sunday’s big game, you know that food is the No. 1 thing on people’s mind. So, to make sure that you don’t fall short of your partygoers’ expectations, here are some great recipes that will have you “scoring a touchdown.”

Grilled Bison Burgers
1 pound ground bison
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco®)
1 pinch granulated garlic
1 pinch ground black pepper
olive oil cooking spray
4 slices American cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Mix bison, Panko crumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic, and pepper together by hand in a bowl; form into 4 patties. Place patties on baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.
  3. Spray the patties with cooking spray and grill until hot and slightly pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with a slice of cheese; continue cooking until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).
  4. Sandwich burgers between bun halves.

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com.


Smoked Ribs with Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chile de arbol
2 racks St. Louis-style pork ribs, 12 ribs each, membrane removed
1/4 cup canola oil

2 cups cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
Few dashes hot pepper sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix of hickory and applewood chips
1 quart apple cider

Carolina Style BBQ Sauce:
1/4 cup canola oil
2 medium Spanish onions, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 cups ketchup
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2/3 cup Dijon mustard
2/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons molasses
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the rub:

  1. Combine all the spices in a small bowl. Brush both sides of the racks with oil and rub with the spice mixture. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  2. In a large pot over low heat, add all the mop ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator 45 minutes before smoking to allow them to come to room temperature. Add the mix of hickory and applewood chips to the smoker according to package instructions. Heat a smoker to 220 degrees F. Put the apple cider in a small heatproof pan in the smoker.
  4. Put the ribs directly on the smoker rack. Smoke for 6 hours, brushing the ribs with the mop every hour for the first 5 hours. During the last hour, brush the ribs with the North Carolina Barbecue Sauce every 10 minutes. Remove the ribs to a serving platter and serve.

For the BBQ Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the ketchup and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes.
  2. Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then pour into a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature. Sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator, stored in a tightly sealed container.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay.