Slam Dunk March Madness Recipes

March Madness is here. But watching basketball in a bar can be...maddening. For the best seats in the house, and the best food and drinks, gather your friends and fans to watch hoops at home. All 68 teams will be competing for their chance to shine in the Final Four, and hopefully come home national champions. The championship game will be held on April 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But don't wait until then to start watching and munching. With a few killer apps and snacks, you and your friends can tune in to all the games at home, while skipping the crowded, noisy, expensive bars. Enjoy March Madness in style with our favorite better-than-bar-food recipes for snacks, appetizers, and munchies.
smoked and grilled buffalo chicken wings
Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat. read more
smoked miso wings
Yes, Buffalo sauce tastes great on hot wings, but try some Asian flavors on your chicken wings with the deep, savory flavors of miso, sesame oil, and wood smoke. This recipe leans heavily on miso paste, a traditional Japanese ingredient rich in umami, the rich meaty savory flavor. read more
cowboy candy
Add some sweet heat to sandwiches, favorite side dishes, cornbread, and much more for this recipe for Cowboy Candy, a.k.a. candied jalapenos. This recipe is a refrigerator pickle, so all jars must be stored in the fridge. When you are done, save the syrup for us in DC Mumbo sauce, barbecue sauce, cocktails, and more. read more
Deep Fried Snickers Candy Bar
There's something truly decadent about deep fried candy bars and now you can make them at home with this simple recipe. By deep frying outdoors on the grill, you avoid that lingering smell and oily mess in your kitchen. The airy batter gives way to a deliciously warm and melty chocolate candy center. read more
Grill Fried Tempura Pickles
Why fry inside? Your outdoor grill handles the job better and makes incomparable fried pickles. Coated in a light and airy tempura batter, this delicious fried pickle recipe is a novel appetizer for your next cookout. Be prepared to make multiple batches, as everyone will be clamoring for more. read more
chicken cracklins
Don't throw away those chicken skins! Cook them up into crispy, savory cracklins to snack on or serve as a garnish with the cooked poultry. It's easy. This recipe shows you two methods for making any poultry cracklins on the grill or in a frying pan. Plus recipes for chicken bacon, schmaltz and gribenes! read more
Pickled eggs recipe in a mason jar
Pickled eggs are typically hard boiled eggs that have been submerged in a vinegar-based brine. The brine can be salty, sour, sweet or spicy depending on your preference. This recipe gives the pickled eggs a touch of spice and a good strong punch of tartness from the vinegar. read more
Deep fried sweet potatoes with smoked honey and fried sage
If you’re a fan of sweet potato fries then you’ll do backflips over this grill fried recipe featuring perfectly deep fried sweet potato sticks coated with smoked honey and garnished with deep fried sage. Even better, deep frying is done on the grill, doing away with the mess and lingering odor of deep frying indoors. read more
Grilled Guacamole Recipe
Add a delicious smokiness to your favorite party dip with this recipe for grilled guacamole. Grilled avocados, grilled limes, and grilled onion take ordinary guacamole and make it extraordinary for any backyard cookout, tailgating party, or couchgating gathering. Grilled guacamole is a perfect dip or burger topping. read more
frico cheese crisps
If you love the crispy bits of cheese that stick to the griddle when you make grilled cheese sandwiches even better than the sandwich, frico will become your favorite munchie. Frico are lacy, cheesy, crunchy crackers that are quick and easy appetizers or snacks. They're best when made with Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano. read more

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AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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