14 Grilled and Smoked Super Bowl Foods That'll Smoke the Competition

Think outside of the usual hot dogs and hamburgers to serve truly exciting smoked and grilled foods on game day.

Published January 15, 2023

Football and smoky BBQ - yes, please! No matter how you slice them, grilled and smoked Super Bowl foods are crowd pleasers that will liven up the big game with the sweet smell of smoky success. So gas up your grills, fire up the smoker, and serve up one or more of these tasty grilling ideas for the Super Bowl.

Tender Smoked Brisket


Smoked brisket takes time and patience (although most of the time is inactive), but what the heck? You've got all day until the game starts. And this beginner's beef brisket is a pretty easy make - but it's going to take about 12 hours to smoke, so you might want to get up a bit early. The result? With tender, smoky beef that you can cut with the edge of a fork, the time spent is totally worth it, and a six-pound brisket will serve about a dozen people.

Helpful Hack

You can shorten smoking time by choosing a smaller brisket. A 3-pound brisket will take about eight hours to smoke.

Sweet & Smoky Pork Ribs


When you're eating by the television, sticky BBQ sauce all over your fingers probably isn't your best choice. But with a dry rub on smoked ribs, you can save your furniture, t-shirts, and more from sauce stains. Trust me, these ribs are so flavorful, you won't miss it.

To get your rib racks to fall-off-the-bone tenderness, it's going to take about five hours, low and slow. If you don't have a smoker, you can mimic it on your gas grill with soaked wood chips in a foil container and the grill set to maintain a steady 250°F.

Make Your Own Grilled Pizza


It's easy to order out, but it's equally easy (and a lot more fun) to make your own grilled pizzas. You can follow this basic grilled pizza recipe, setting out pre-made pizza dough and plenty of toppings so you and your guests can mix and match to make the pizza of your dreams. You may never go back to delivery again.

Grilled Sugarcane Shrimp Skewers


Come closer and I'll tell you a secret. Grilling shrimp on wooden skewers is okay - tasty even. But grilling shrimp on sugar cane skewers? It will take your shrimp to the next level. The sugar cane skewers add a slight, subtle sweetness to the shrimp, while the Asian-inspired herbs and spices provide heat and deep savoriness that will make these your new favorite shrimp on the barbie.

Korean BBQ Beef Ribs (Galbi)


Smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory, the secret to galbi is an Asian pear and gochujang marinade that's out of this world. You can mix up the marinade in a blender or food processor the day before the big game, then marinate the ribs in a zipper bag overnight. Just before game time, put your galbi on any grill (including an indoor grill) for six to eight minutes. You and your guests will love the sticky-sweet tender and flavorful beef.

BBQ Spatchcock Chicken


Spatchcock chicken cooks a lot faster than a whole chicken because you remove the backbone and flatten out the bird. This not only speeds up cooking time, but it gives the dry-rubbed skin plenty of contact with the grill where it renders down to a flavorful, crisp exterior over tender, moist chicken. This BBQ spatchcock chicken will only take about 40 minutes to cook, and your guests will rave about it.

Moroccan Lamburgers


About 12 minutes. That's the grilling time for these aromatic, flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers with a tangy mint-yogurt sauce and a perfectly grilled bun. Along with the yogurt sauce, lay out fixings like sliced tomatoes, arugula, and quick pickled red onions for a twist on a regular burger that your guests won't soon forget.

Beef Kofta Kebabs


And speaking of flavorful, fragrant meat, how about meat on a stick? Beef kofta kebabs with a side of cooling tzatziki, to be exact. Serve them up alongside some grilled baba ganoush, hummus, and grilled pitas for a mouthwatering Super Bowl grilled meal that everyone will still be talking about at next year's big game.



Oh Mexican street corn, who doesn't love you with your crisp-tender kernels, smoky flavors, and zippy spices? Nobody - that's who! So of course if you make grilled elote at your Super Bowl party, it's going to be a huge hit. Just be sure to make extra, because a lot of people will go back for seconds in the second half, guaranteed.

Steak Chimichurri


Here's the deal with steak chimichurri. You can cook any steak any way, and when you douse it in chimichurri sauce, it becomes instantly delicious. But let's not rely on the sauce - make sure you grill up a tasty steak, too. Hanger or flank steak chimichurri is bursting with deep, meaty savoriness topped with a bright, spicy, fresh-tasting herb sauce that's so easy to make and so delicious, your guests will think they died and went to Super Bowl heaven.

Grilled Romaine Heart Salad


Grilled lettuce? Ummmm....YES! It may sound strange at first, but hear me out. When you add smoke to Romaine lettuce, it transforms it from rabbit food to football food. For real! Whether you drizzle it with olive oil and lemon juice or you get more creative with cool salad ingredients like chopped tomatoes, avocados, bacon bits, capers, and a drizzle of bleu cheese dressing, this is a salad that's going to surprise some football fans and make them rethink a years-long salad aversion.

Grilled Salmon With Grilled Pineapple Salsa


Light, fresh, smoky, spicy, sweet. That's what grilled salmon with grilled pineapple salsa tastes like. This is a super versatile dish. Replace the salmon with another fish like halibut or tilapia. Replace the pineapple with another fruit like mango or papaya. It's the perfect light meal to go with all that jumping around you're going to do in front of the TV during the big game.

Drunken Steak


If you're drinking while you're watching the game, shouldn't your steak be, too? To make drunken steak for your football feast, marinate flank steak in some high-test booze like rum or whiskey along with some brown sugar, soy sauce, and chopped scallions. Then, toss it on the grill until it hits a perfect medium-rare, rest it, and slice the meat against the grain for one of the tastiest ways to enjoy your game day booze outside of Super Bowl cocktails.

Grilled Avocado With Ponzu


Ready for a grilled Super Bowl food option that will blow your mind? Try grilled avocados with ponzu. These things are so easy, and they are amazing! The citrusy, salty ponzu pairs perfectly with the smoky avocados, making this a great pre-game appetizer or side dish that will have you craving more. For real.

Tasty Grilling Ideas for the Super Bowl


Sure, hot dogs and hamburgers are fine, but everybody's got them, and your party isn't just any old Super Bowl Party. Instead, enjoy the smoky goodness of deeply flavorful, exciting barbecued, smoked, and grilled Super Bowl foods to eat as your team smokes the competition. That's how you take game day to the next level.

14 Grilled and Smoked Super Bowl Foods That'll Smoke the Competition