Big Game Prep

No matter which team you’re supporting (or if you’re just in it for the commercials), it’s time to prep for the Big Game. We’ve rounded up the must-have items and top recipes to make your game day party a winner. 

Get ready to fire up the Pit Boss, because this is your guide to the ultimate Big Game party! 

Get the right gear 

Whether you’re hosting a party of two, planning to feed a crowd, or need to cook up a dish to bring as a party guest, you’ll need the right gear. Pit Boss has a wide range of units  

If you are more interested in serving up smash burgers than baking, the Pit Boss Deluxe 4-Burner Griddle could be a good fit. It’s got plenty of space to cook for several people, while its fold-and-go portability allows you to take it anywhere. Deluxe side shelves offer ample space for holding utensils and food prep, and its durable non-stick cooking surface makes for easy cleanup afterward. 

For those who want wood-fired flavor and the ability to direct-flame sear, don’t overlook the Pit Boss Navigator 1150 Wood Pellet Grill. With more than 1,000 square inches of cooking space, 32 lb. hopper capacity, and a temperature range of 180°F - 500°F, this grill can do it all. Use it to infuse smoky flavor in baked dips and desserts, or smoke racks of ribs or brisket. The options are endless.  

If you’re looking for a unit mainly for smoking capability and cooking capacity, then a vertical smoker may be right for you. A vertical smoker can smoke food AND accomplish what you could do in your oven. Do it all, and at once, with the Pit Boss Copperhead 5-Series Vertical Pellet Smoker.  

If charcoal grilling is more your speed, check out the Pit Boss Champion Barrel Charcoal Smoker. With more than 1,100 square inches of cooking space and a triple row hanging rack, go ahead and invite a few extra friends. You’ll have more than enough space to cook for everyone. Thanks to our innovative Reverse Draft Burn System™ - utilizing our heat diffuser, air circulator and an external dual adjustable air intake – you’ll get an even and consistent air flow throughout the chamber for the duration of your cook. 

Fuel Up 

Your game day spread is one of the most important components to hosting the ultimate Big Game party. That’s because your guests will need plenty to munch on while enjoying all that football – plus the halftime show and commercials, too. 

But because your guests are gathering to watch the game, it’s a good idea to plan for foods that are easy to grab and snack on while their attention is on the TV. Finger foods and dips are the way to go.  

Here are some of our top choices for a touchdown dance worthy spread: 

First up is this cheesy hatch chili dip. Game day food is all about the appetizers. This Hall of Fame appetizer has it all: cheesy, smoky, and a little spicy. Our favorite watch party snack is a toss-up between little smokies and pig shots.  

No game day menu is complete without wings. Try out these crispy and easy BBQ chicken wings for a quick and easy addition to your feast. Serve with your favorite sauce! 

If you’re looking for something more substantial to bring to the table, make these loaded game-day bacon burgers. They’re packed with mac and cheese and wrapped in bacon – what’s not to love?  

Don’t forget: your Pit Boss can handle more than the savory stuff. Fire it up to bake any of your sweet treats too.  

Finishing touches 

Once your menu is set and you’ve got your outdoor cooking setup ready, it’s time to think about the details. From the grill to the table, we’ve got you covered.  All of our game day recipes listed above can be completed on your Pit Boss. We suggest stocking up on big, bold flavor with our spices and sauces and fueling up your grill with our hardwood pellets for optimal flavor.   

To be the MVP behind the grill, you need to look the part. Up your grilling game with this 3-piece toolset as you rep your number one brand in style

To complete your Big Game party look, try using our grease buckets for holding napkins and utensils and serve or bake snacks in our all-purpose pans.