Today is one of those rare winter days when you can take hours away from the usual routine, gather with some friends, and enjoy a good old fashioned football game. Sounds like a good time to don a coat and share some cigars, even if your team doesn’t win. If you’re lucky, you will be watching in a room like this one and will light up from a plush leather sofa.
My friends and I have some of our own traditions – we always watch the 1993 movie Tombstone before the game and eat unethical amounts of meat during it. This year’s theme is chicken wings; we’re making 8 different flavours. Previous themes have been pulled pork, lobster boiled over an open fire, and full racks of beef ribs, among others. A personal favourite was when we make 4 gallons of chili. Here’s a basic Chili recipe to get you started.
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2- 15 ounce cans of kidney beans
15 ounce can of diced or whole tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
Salt and pepper and hot sauce, to taste
Cook the ground beef in a deep sauté pan until beef is lightly browned. Drain and add the chopped onions and peppers and cook until peppers are soft and the onions are translucent. Add the kidney beans, diced tomatoes, can of tomato sauce and chili powder and heat until boiling. Turn the heat down to low and let the mixture simmer for several hours. You can add salt and pepper and more chili powder to taste.
Of course the cap to a great meal like this is a casual cigar. I might smoke my Smokin Toad petit corona, a criollo wrapped Nicaraguan. Cigar Aficionado has some interviews with Hall of Famers Joe Greene and Terry Bradshaw that may inspire you.