Back when they played the first Super Bowl I was eleven years old. They didn’t call it the “Super Bowl” yet, it was simply a match-up of the National Football League champions against the American Football League champs. In this case it was the legendary Green Bay Packers against the upstart Kansas City Chiefs. I remember betting my Dad a dollar that the Chiefs would win. I think he even talked me in to giving him points. Thus, my legacy on betting on sports games began.
You will recall back in August I predicted a Chicago Bears-Cleveland Browns Super Bowl this year. Not only did neither team make the playoffs, but the coaches for both teams got fired as well. Call it my own Madden Curse. The Super Bowl has come a long way since then. Today, $94 million in bets exchange hands.
Today it’s another week of hype leading up to the big game. Pregame starts at nine o’clock in the morning and the game doesn’t start until around 6:30. The commercials are often better than the game itself. Halftime lasts an hour with a big name mini rock concert and of course there are the Super Bowl parties.
Last week I did an expose on Coca-Cola and as you know, Coke is a big part of the Super Bowl propaganda during the game. From the polar bears drinking Coke to Mean Joe Greene to the Clydesdale horses, Coke is all over the place, right up there with Bud Lite and Danica Patrick and her sexy GoDaddy.com commercials.
So instead of recipes for tired dips or chili or wings and nachos, why not throw out a Coca-Cola inspired spread that will liven up your Super Bowl party. Everybody’s taste buds will thank you and you can start this the night before the game so you don’t miss a minute of the ten-hour pregame show.
It’s the Real Thing Pork Sliders
4-5 Lb. Pork Butt
2 Cloves Garlic, Smashed
11/4 Cup Onion, Sliced
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp. Liquid Smoke
1 Liter Coca-Cola
Place all ingredients in a crock pot, set on low, and cook 8-10 hours until meat falls apart. Allow to cool before pulling pork meat. Serve on slider buns topped with purple cabbage Cole slaw and Coke BBQ sauce.
Coke and a Smile BBQ Sauce
1 Cup Coke Classic
1 Cup Ketchup
¼ cup Worcestershire
1 Tsp. Liquid Smoke
¼ Cup A-1 Sauce
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
Salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and heat through for 10 minutes.
My pick this year?
Take the Ravens and the points.
Happy Super Bowl everybody.