“The most boring Super Bowl ever,” was the general consensus following Sunday night’s Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. The defensive battle, which ended in a 13-3 score, included many dropped and incomplete passes by both teams and lots of punts.

Several records were set during the game. Rams punter Johnny Hekker kicked a 65 yard punt for a new record and records were set for fewest touchdowns and fewest total points.

Among Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s records set were playing in the most Super Bowls (9), being the oldest starting quarterback (41) and being in the most games on the winning team (6).

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, age 66, is the oldest head coach on the winning team and has won the most Super Bowls as a head coach (6).

I just wanted the game to be close and competitive, and it certainly was that. I’m not a big fan of Belichick or Brady, but you have to admire both of them.

Belichick is noted for taking players not selected highly in the NFL draft and “coaching them up.” Brady is one of those players. He was selected as the 199th pick, in the sixth round in 2000, and has become perhaps the best quarterback ever. Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman was chosen by the Patriots as their 232nd pick, in the seventh round in 2009.

In a pre-game interview Sunday, Belichick said not every player is suitable for the Patriots. He said if a player is into social media and not into working hard and winning football games, he doesn’t want him.

Whatever he’s doing, it certainly seems to be working.

Super Bowl Tailgate

However, if you are like most people, you weren’t watching the Super Bowl for the game itself, but as an excuse to eat tailgate food and visit with friends and family. The Super Bowl ranks second, just behind Thanksgiving, for the amount of food consumed,

One article I read on Forbes.com, estimated 1.33 billion chicken wings were eaten on Sunday and 12.5 million pizzas. A conservative statistic suggested 325 million gallons of beer were drunk during the weekend of the game.

Sunday afternoon, we had the wood pellet grill going outside and the crock pot and oven going inside.     

We have a favorite wing recipe I found on the Traeger grill website and we look for any excuse to make them. It calls for soaking the raw wings in beer in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking them, liberally dusting them with your favorite barbecue seasoning and then wrapping them in bacon. We turned the grill on high and grilled them for 30 minutes on each side.

 The wings turn out crispy on the outside, but moist and tender on the inside. The alcohol and the beer taste dissipate during cooking.

I also tweaked an easy queso recipe which turned out to be delicious. I melted Velveeta cheese in the microwave and then mixed  the cheese with a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes. I put the mixture in the crock pot and added a splash or two of heavy cream, 1 teaspoon of cumin, about 1/4 cup of diced Italian-style sun-dried tomatoes and a handful of diced green onions. I cooked the queso for about two hours on low before serving, stirring several times.

We will definitely try this one again.

Bacon Wrapped Wings

2-3 lbs. wings, (I used 2 family packs)

beer

red pepper flakes

Dry barbecue seasoning

bacon

Toothpicks

Cut tips off wings and discard. Place wings in large container, cover with beer. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top. Cover with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Take out and pat dry. Cut membrane in wings so they will fold more easily. Sprinkle liberally with your favorite dry barbecue seasoning. Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick. Cook on grill, smoker or wood pellet grill until crispy and bacon is done.

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