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When you host a Super Bowl party for friends and family, you’ll want to serve delicious homemade food. However, if you’re tired of grilling the same meat year after year, and are searching for some inspiration for tasty snacks, here are some of the most delicious Super Bowl grilling ideas.
Whether you want to put a twist on a sports day classic with smoky steak nachos or add a smoky undertone to a refreshing cocktail with a grilled citrus and vodka mix, you’ll find plenty of fresh and fun suggestions.
Delicious Smoked Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Upgrade this American classic by smoking your mac ‘n’ cheese on your grill for an hour, infusing the mild taste of the melted Gouda with the intense flavor of crunchy, crispy bacon. This delicious Smoked Mac ‘n’ Cheese is one of the best side dishes you can grill.
- 1 lb. of elbow macaroni pasta
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups of grated Cheddar
- 2 cups of grated Gouda
- 2 cups of full-fat milk
- Salt and pepper
- 4 rashers of smoked bacon, cooked crispy
- Handful of fresh parsley washed and finely chopped
Boil 5-6 quarts of water in a deep-sided saucepan over high heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of salt, then add the pasta and cook it until it’s al dente. This should take between 8-10 minutes.
Preheat your grill so that it reaches a temperature of between 225-230°F. While you’re waiting for the grill top to heat, melt your unsalted butter in a pan on your stove. As the butter melts, add the flour to the pan, whisking the mixture together until it’s light and bubbly. Turn the heat up, then slowly add the milk to the pan. Use a wooden spoon or whisk to stir the liquid gently until it thickens into a white sauce. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mixed cheeses.
Add your al dente pasta to this pan and mix all the ingredients. Put the pan on the hot grill top, close the lid, and smoke the macaroni and cheese for 1-1½ hours. Meanwhile, cook your bacon rashers, making sure they’re crispy.
Sprinkle the mac ‘n’ cheese with the bacon and fresh parsley.
Game Day Steak Nachos
This recipe is a wonderful game day option for super bowl grilling ideas. There’s nothing better than getting stuck into a plate of cheesy steak nachos during the Super Bowl, and this recipe lets you use your gas grill to bring a delicious charred and smoky flavor to this classic dish.
- 2 8 oz. high-quality steaks, like strip loin
- 2 corn cobs
- Olive oil
- 1 large bag of plain tortilla chips
- 1 cup of pinto beans, drained
- 1 pack of grated Mexican-style cheese
- Steak dry rub (pre-made or homemade)
Turn on your grill and heat it so that it reaches a medium-high temperature. Before you cook your steak, apply a dry rub to the surface of the meat. Not only does this type of rub infuse the steak with flavor, but it also provides a protective coating that stops the beef from losing moisture and becoming dehydrated during the grilling process.
Sprinkle a little spice rub on your corn cobs as well, then drizzle the steaks and corn with olive oil. Put the meat and corn on your grill, and cook the steak for around 5-6 minutes on each side or until it reaches your preferred doneness level. Use a meat thermometer probe for the most accurate results. Keep the corn on the grill for 10-12 minutes.
Remove the steak from the grill and place it on a plate, allowing it to rest for 10-15 minutes. Cut the golden and lightly charred kernels off the corn cobs, then transfer them to a small bowl.
Preheat your oven to a temperature of between 375-380°F, then pour the tortilla chips onto a baking tray. Slice the rested steak into small cubes, then add the meat, grilled corn, cheese, and pinto beans to the chips. Slide the tray into the oven and cook for 5-7 minutes, making sure the cheese has melted.
Serve the steak nachos straight out of the oven with guacamole and salsa.
Grilled Lemonade & Vodka Cocktail
If you want some beverage-based super bowl grilling ideas, try this take on a vodka lemonade. Impress and delight your friends when you serve them this delicious cocktail, with its mixture of smoky, citrusy flavors and sugary sweetness.
- 2½ cups granulated sugar
- 8 limes, each cut in half
- 8 lemons, each cut in half
- 1 lime, finely sliced
- 1 lemon, finely sliced
- 4 cups of still water
- Ice cubes
- 12 oz. of vodka (8 shots)
- 4 oz. of mezcal (optional)
This recipe takes the refreshing combination of vodka and cold lemonade to the next level, with its grilled garnishes and homemade simple syrup.
Light your grill so that it reaches medium temperature. While it’s heating, prepare your fruit garnishes. Pour ½ cup of granulated white sugar into a wide baking tray, then place the halved lemons and limes in the tray, so the cut-sides are face down in the sugar.
Add the rest of your sugar to a saucepan, mixing with 2 cups of water over low heat. Keep stirring the mixture until the sugar dissolves into the boiling liquid.
Remove your lemon and lime halves from the baking tray and place them on your hot grill so that their sugared side is facing downward. You should only need to cook these halves for around 5-6 minutes until caramelized.
While you’re doing this, you can also put all your citrus slices on the grill. Turn each slice over onto its other side after a minute or so, then take them off the grill top.
Squeeze the juice out of each grilled halved lime and lemon, then pour it into a large glass pitcher. Add the simple syrup, vodka, and mezcal to the jug, then dilute the mixture with water if you wish. You can split the cocktail between 8 highball glasses filled with ice and garnish each highball with a browned lemon or lime slice.
Enhance the Game Day Experience with These Super Bowl Grilling Ideas
If you’re planning a Super Bowl party or gathering for friends and family, think about serving flavorful and fresh snacks to enhance the game day experience. These grilling ideas are simple to pull off, and you’ll create tasty and fun culinary results that will delight your guests.