by Christina Cook
Football families will love this game-day trend, which adds new excitement to watching your favorite team at home. Homegating is perfect for busy families that can’t always make it to a game—let alone arrive early enough to enjoy pre-game festivities. But what exactly is homegating? Think of it as tailgating at home, with way better food.
As guests at a homegating party with Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Chef Troy Guard, Taste of the NFL chef and owner of TAG Restaurant Group, we had the opportunity to try some truly tasty food. The event was hosted by Prilosec OTC, who partnered with Taste of the NFL to provide meals to Colorado families in need through Food Bank of the Rockies. The best part? We scored a recipe to share!
With college bowl games in full swing, the NFL playoffs and the anticipation of Super Bowl 50 next month, here’s a recipe to kick off your homegating experience. A bit of prep is required, so plan accordingly. But it’s worth the effort; these ribs really pack the flavor.
Courtesy of Chef Troy Guard // Serves around 12 people.
6 slabs of pork ribs
1 cup paprika
1⁄4 cup garlic powder
1⁄4 cup onion powder
1⁄4 cup kosher salt
1⁄4 cup black pepper
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
Mix all ingredients well and coat the uncooked ribs with the dry rub. Allow to sit covered in the refrigerator overnight.
2 lbs bacon
1 large onion sliced thin
8 cloves garlic, whole, peeled
5 cups ketchup
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 cup bourbon
21⁄2 cups cola
In a pot, sweat the bacon, onion and garlic over medium heat with a small amount of cooking oil. Cook until the bacon and onion begin
to brown, then add the remainder of the ingredients. Simmer the BBQ sauce for one hour, blend then strain.
1. To cook, place the ribs flat on a sheet tray in one layer. Add water to sheet tray until there is 1⁄2 inch. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
2. Cook the ribs at 350° for two hours or until ribs are tender.
3. Chill ribs and then cut ribs into individual riblets.
4. To finish, coat the ribs in BBQ sauce and roast in a 350° oven. When completely hot, about 15 minutes, coat the ribs again with BBQ sauce.
5. Plate and add more sauce, as desired.