Fire up the grill for Super Bowl faves

No tailgate party would be complete without firing up the grill. Indeed, millions each year enjoy a barbecue while watching the big game, which has become somewhat of an annual tradition. Grilling provides a quick and easy way to cook up some tasty fare, without having to be a culinary expert or making a mess in the kitchen, and with some forward planning most of it can all be prepared in advance.

Here are some quick and easy foods, which you can cook up on the grill.


Everyone loves a big juicy hamburger. Make the patties in advance and store in the fridge until game day. Serve with a choice of sides and condiments, such as juicy tomatoes, relish, cheeses, ketchup and mayonnaise. Serve on a lightly toasted bun and let your guests build their own for game day deliciousness.

BBQ ribs

Ribs are oh so delicious and easy to prepare and cook too. First, marinate the ribs in your favourite BBQ sauce the day before, then the morning of the match cook slowly on a low oven, before transferring to the grill to infuse them with a smoky flavour. The slow cooking time in the oven will ensure the meat is juicy and just falls off the bone. Serve with lots of paper napkins!

Chicken wings

Wings are the classic tailgate party finger food and are a quick and easy way to feed a crowd. Indeed, there’s something about chicken wings and watching football that just makes sense. First, marinate the wings over night in your choice of marinade, from barbecue sauce, to sweet and sour, spicy hot, or a classic Buffalo sauce, and then grill them as your guests arrive. Serve with a dip such as Ranch or Blue Cheese.

Classic BBQ chicken wings

(serves 4)

½ cup teriyaki sauce

1 cup oyster sauce

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons garlic powder

¼ cup gin

2 dashes liquid smoke flavouring

½ cup white sugar

1 1/2 pounds chicken wings, separate at joints, tips discarded

¼ cup honey

In a large bowl, mix the teriyaki sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, gin, liquid smoke, and sugar. Place the chicken wings in the bowl, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for eight hours or overnight.

Preheat the grill for low heat.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Arrange chicken on the grill, and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken wings on one side for 20 minutes, then turn and brush with honey. Continue grilling 25 minutes, or until the juices run clear.