HOLLYWOOD, FL – The big game is coming – Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 47 for you non-Romans) on February 3 down in The Big Easy, New Orleans. Unless you’re a corporate titan on an expense account, you probably won’t score any tickets,so it is unlikely that you’ll be out in the parking lot of the Louisiana Super Dome grilling burgers and brats and enjoying a few beverages before the epic contest.
But that doesn’t mean you can have your own “tailgate” party when all of your friends come over to watch the game. After all, it’s the Super Bowl, and Super Bowl Sunday has become pretty much a national holiday over the last nearly 50 years, and it ranks right up there with The 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor day for its connection to barbeque.
And don’t worry those of you in the colder states that the weather might hold you back from back-yard grilling. If 75,000 rabid Denver Broncos’ fans can weather sub-zero temperatures for 4 ½ hours just to see their team blow the AFC divisional game, then no matter what the conditions you can stoke up the grill and get the genuine steaks, burgers, brats, turkey legs and hot dogs for a “tailgating” feast at your house. Hey, it’s the Big Game. What’ya gonna do? Eat salad?
As two-time Super Bowl Champs Oakland Raiders owner (the late, great) Al Davis would say: “Just grill, baby.”
The BBQ Depot has you covered. We carry more brands of grills – gas, charcoal, electric – than any other store or site on the web, and we have all the grates, grill cleaning supplies, parts and accessories you’ll ever need to get that old grill in prime working order in time for the game. We’ve got grills that can cook up a storm for 200 of your closest friends if you’re having a gala, or we can hook you up with a small grill that will work well on your condo balcony for a smaller party.
We checked with one of our favorite resources – Beef. It’s What For Dinner – and found a handy PDF called Grilling Guidelines that will help any seasoned backyard chef or newbie knock the rust off of their BBQ skills lying dormant since the summer just to get you back in the mood and ready to, once again, be The Grill Master, even if it is the middle of winter.
The Grilling Guidelines will show you the most popular cuts of beef – e.g. chuck, rib, loin, sirloin, round, flank, kabobs, and ground beef – and give you a guide for expert grilling. For instance, in the section for the cuts Plank & Flank, they list Skirt Steak and Flank Steak, both marinated, show the sizes typically available, and then offer the cooking time on either a gas grill or a charcoal grill. For a 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. Flank Steak, for example, the guidelines call for 11 to 16 minutes for charcoal, and 16 to 21 minutes for gas grilling, and there are temperature guides to get just the level of doneness you want – Medium Rare 145 degrees F, and 160 degrees F for medium. There are also some notes on cooking and preparing the various types of grills.
If you need a new grill, just visit the BBQ Grills page on our website – we have literary thousands of options from hundreds of the most noted names in the BBQ business. And if it’s just some parts – new grates, gas jets, burners and accessories, etc. – we’ll have just the right fit on our Grill Parts page. Of course, we can help with a number of other wonderful home accessories, like outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and accessories, even patio tables and chairs, so be sure to check out the entire site.
It’s not like you’re new to this. This is the 47th time the Super Bowl has been played, and whether you saw the first one – Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10, January 15, 1967 at the Memorial Coliseum in LA – or you just love football and were raised Super Bowl Sunday holiday era and embraced it with devotion like the estimate 90 million other Americans who will tune in, you know what to do:
Just Grill, Baby!