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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 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

pecans with a sweet glaze

Got Beer? Snack On These Beefy Beer Nuts Between Sips

By:

Meathead

This recipe for grill roasted nuts is an instant party pleaser. A splash of Worcestershire, black pepper, garlic, cumin, and hot sauce give these nuts a bold, beefy flavor. Serve them at any tailgating party or backyard BBQ and grilling party. You can also roasted these in the oven if you don't have a grill.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

By:

Meathead

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.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

By:

Meathead

A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy grilled jalapeño popper recipe is sure to please, and the smoked version is better than the fried version. This appetizer is a big hit with people who like a little bit of heat in their food, but you can remove most of the heat to accommodate wimps if you wish.

Champion’s Cowboy Candy (a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños) Recipe

By:

Meathead

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.
candied pecans

Candied Pecans From The Grill Are Sinfully Delicious

By:

Meathead

Candied pecans are always a hit as a snack and this recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven.
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Miso wings on a plate

Smoked Miso Wings Take Any Party Over The Top

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.
Deep fried snickers in paper boat

How To Make Deep Fried Snickers® Candy Bars Without the Mess

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.
Deep fried pickles in a serving platter

Fried Pickles Are An Addictive Appetizer, Especially When Prepared On The Grill

By:

Clint Cantwell

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.
chicken skin and chicken thigh sandwich

Chicken Skin Cracklins Are The Zero Waste Snack You’ve Been Craving

By:

Meathead

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!
spicy pickled eggs

Try A Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe For Kicks

By:

Dave Joachim

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.

Grill Smoked Almonds Beat The Canned Stuff Hands Down

By:

Meathead

Canned smoked almonds taste just okay. Smoking nuts on the grill makes them truly extraordinary. Serve these smoke almonds straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. You could even crush them to top chicken. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make this recipe in your indoor oven.

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

By:

Meathead

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.

Got Beer? Snack On These Beefy Beer Nuts Between Sips

By:

Meathead

This recipe for grill roasted nuts is an instant party pleaser. A splash of Worcestershire, black pepper, garlic, cumin, and hot sauce give these nuts a bold, beefy flavor. Serve them at any tailgating party or backyard BBQ and grilling party. You can also roasted these in the oven if you don't have a grill.

Champion’s Cowboy Candy (a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños) Recipe

By:

Meathead

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.

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

By:

Meathead

A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy grilled jalapeño popper recipe is sure to please, and the smoked version is better than the fried version. This appetizer is a big hit with people who like a little bit of heat in their food, but you can remove most of the heat to accommodate wimps if you wish.

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Published On: 6/28/2019 Last Modified: 3/23/2021


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