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BBQ Tips | Rubbing Your Meat

Hello friends.

As summer continues to heat up…even here on the Niagara Frontier where we actually got to 85-degrees this week…everyone with a grill and a smoker are looking for additional tips.  One good friend just bought his first smoker and has been continually asking for tips so I decided to do a couple of posts that talk about a few basics.

It Begins With the Rub

If you want good grilled or smoked meat, it begins long before you start your fire.  It begins with the rubbing your meat.  If you are going to smoke some ribs or pork chops, the dry rub below works equally well in the smoker or on the grill.  A friend gave me the basics for the recipe several years ago but I have added and adjusted the original recipe over the years.

Whatever you decide to fix…that is a Texas colloquialism for cooking…make sure you rub your meat at least eight hours before smoking or grilling.  Wash your meat well…if you are fixing ribs make sure you remove the membrane on the backside of the rack…then rub liberally and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Place in your icebox…also a Texas or Southern term for refrigerator…or cooler until ready to cook.

#12 BBQ Seasoning & Rub

Captain America

Captain America

Named in honor of the Dallas Cowboy legend and the greatest quarterback in the history of the world, Roger Staubach, #12 BBQ Seasoning and Rub is simple to make.  In addition, you can mix this rub with any liquid you chose (Dr Pepper, Coke, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, etc.) and make a great mop for your meat while it is cooking.

  • 1  Cup  Brown Sugar
  • ½  Cup  Seasoning Salt
  • 2  Tablespoon  Chili Powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  Onion Powder
  • 1  Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1  Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½  Teaspoon  Cumin

INSTRUCTIONS:  Combine all ingredients. Store in air-tight container for up to six months.

Of course, there are some fellow Texans who will immediately call me out for only providing a rub that works well on pig.  They would say that #12 will not work as a beef rub and I would have to agree.  The #12 is much too sweet; therefore, below is a rub I have used on steaks many times and will also work on brisket.  This recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you feel the need. You’re welcome Ron.

Texpatriate Dry Rub

  • 2  Tablespoons  Kosher Salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  Brown Sugar
  • 2  Teaspoons  Smoked Paprika
  • 2  Teaspoons  Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • 1  Teaspoon  Granulated Garlic
  • ½  Teaspoon  Cayenne Pepper
  • ½  Teaspoon  Cumin

INSTRUCTIONS:  Combine all ingredients. Store in air-tight container for up to six months.

 

BBQ Sauce

Most barbecue aficionados will tell you that if the meat is cooked correctly, that you do not need sauce. The flavor of the meat will be all you need.  I completely agree with this hypothesis.  Both restaurants and individuals who do not know how to grill or smoke meat will always default to covering up the meat with sauce and this especially common with establishments outside of the BBQ Belt.

Now that we have established that sauce is not required, I do believe that a good sauce used in moderation can enhance your barbecue experience.  In an earlier post, I provided the recipe for my Batch #6 BBQ Sauce.  This is very versatile base sauce and can be customized or adapted to individual tastes.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

If you don’t have time to make your own sauce or like many of my ne’er’ do well friends who are just too lazy to put in the effort, there are some very good commercial sauces on the market.  In fact, one of the best sauces is made in Syracuse, New York by the folks at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.  Also, you can buy an inexpensive sauce and add a few ingredients yourself.  Below is a quick recipe that will make folks think you like them enough to make sauce from scratch.

 

 

Whiskey River Barbeque Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon  Canola Oil
  • 1  24-Ounce Bottle  Cheap Barbeque Sauce
  • ¼  Cup  Whiskey
  • 1  Tablespoon  #12 BBQ SEASONING, ACADIANA SEASONING or Virgil’s Dixie Dust

INSTRUCTIONS:  In large pot, heat oil. Pour in sauce.  Add whiskey and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

 

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14 Super Recipes for the 2014 Super Bowl | Margaritas, The Big Lebowski, Chicken Wings and Sriracha Sauce

Hello friends.

It is getting close and I know folks across the country are starting to get prepared for February 2nd and the Super Bowl.  More importantly, people are are getting ready for their Super Bowl party.

The Super Bowl is a great American spectacle where an over-hyped game normally makes for boring event.  As a Texpatriate, I am a football fan.  I am a Dallas Cowboy fan.  I am an NFL fan but I am not a big fan of the Super Bowl…of course unless my Cowboys are playing which may not happen again in my lifetime.

So why is a hardcore football nut not a fan of the Super Bowl?  It is mainly because Super Bowl Sunday has been taken over by the non-football, corporate, Johnny-Come-Lately, I haven’t watched a game all year crowd where the game is about the commercials and and the betting pool.

The irony in this is that I do love to attend and host Super Bowl parties so I thought that I would provide 14 different recipes you can use for your party of one you are attending.

DRINKS

Rocky’s Margaritas

Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita

While I lived in Nacogdoches, I had a neighbor that was famous for his margaritas.  He loved to entertain people and was the ultimate host.  Unfortunately, he died a few years ago but he left this very simple…but a little expensive…recipe.  I still make these today.

  • 2  Quarts Ice Cubes
  • 1  6-Ounce Can Frozen Limeade
  • 3  Ounces Patron Tequila
  • 3  Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1  Ounces Orange Juice
  • Margarita or Flaked Kosher Salt

Instructions

Fill blender with ice.  Pour in limeade, tequila, Grand Marnier and orange juice.  Blend at highest speed until drink is almost smooth.  To salt the margarita glasses, pour a single layer of salt on a salad plate. Moisten each glass rim with lime; dip each rim in the salt. Pour margaritas into each glass; garnish with lime.

APPETIZERS

Here are a couple of appetizer ideas.  There are also plenty of other ideas in previous Chicken Fried Buffalo posts.

Monroe Beer Cheese

  • 1 Pound Shredded American Cheese
  • 16 Ounce Cream Cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon Red Pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except chile powder and roll into logs. Roll in chile powder. Cut and serve with crackers.

Creamy Jalapeno Dip

  • 1  Cup Real Mayonnaise
  • ⅓  Cup Buttermilk
  • ⅓  Cup Sour Cream
  • 1  4-Ounce Can Chopped Jalapeños
  • 1  4-Ounce Can Chopped Green Chiles
  • ⅓  Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1  1-Ounce Packet of Dry Ranch Dressing ix
  • ½  Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour.

Sweet Chili Dip

  • 1  8-ounce Cream Cheese
  • ½  Cup Mayonnaise
  • ½  Cup Sweet Chili Sauce

Soften cream cheese. Combine cheese and mayonnaise in mixing bowl. Mix in sweet chili sauce. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour.

CHICKEN WINGS

ncc_logoNothing says Super Bowl or Super Bowl Party like chicken wings.  American will eat over 1.2 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl weekend according to the National Chicken Council.   Now that is a lot of yardbird my friends.

One of my first posts on Chicken Fried Buffalo, I discussed Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings.  I know that from coast-to-coast people will be frying, baking, grilling and smoking wings for their party.  The ways to prepare wings is virtually endless but I wanted to provide some simple prep tips and different sauce/seasonings.

First, I want to make a suggestion.  If you are cooking for a large group, don’t try and cook all the wings yourself.  Find a place that will pre-cook the wings for you without any sauce.  This will allow you to re-heat the wings and toss in any sauce or seasoning you would like.  Trust me…this is a big time saver and it does not add much to the overall cost.

I am going to try and list these different options in order from easiest to most complex.  Remember that the sauce/seasoning will we added to freshly cooked or reheated wings so I am not going to list chicken wing cooking instructions.

Also, everyone should know to place cooked/reheated wings in large bowl and pour sauce or seasoning over wings.  Toss until well covered.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing.  I have posted my Cowboy Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing that will work great with wings and who doesn’t know how to make or buy ranch dressing.

Wing Sauces

The Dude’s Buffalo Wing Sauce…because this is the lazy man’s sauce and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the running for laziest worldwide.

The Dude

The Dude

Instructions

Open bottle and pour hot sauce over cooked wings.

Cajun Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Hot Maple Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Virgil’s Famous Wing Sauce

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Doc Pham’s Sriracha Sauce…hopefully you have some Sriracha sauce horded due to the much-publicized “shortage” thanks to a California judge.  Of course, Texas to the rescue:  Huy Fong Foods to start making Sriracha in Texas?

Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha Sauce

  • 5  Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓  Cup Honey
  • ¼ Cup Sriracha (Asian Chile Sauce)
  • 1  Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2  Teaspoons Lime Juice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Carolina Wings

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Garlic Parmesan Wings

  • 3  Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • ½  Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2  Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1  Tablespoon Corn Syrup
  • 1  Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • ½  Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½  Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼  Teaspoon Thyme
  • ¼  Teaspoon Marjoram
  • ¼  Teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼  Teaspoon Basil
  • ¼  Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in medium sauce pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Dry Seasonings

Aussie Dry Wings…this is also nice all-purpose seasoning for grilling.

  • 4  Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 4  Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1  Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon Mustard Powder
  • 1  Tablespoon Coriander
  • 1  Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • ½  Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • ½  Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • ½  Tablespoon Thyme Leaves
  • ½  Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

Combine first 10 ingredients in bowl and mix well.

Indian Dry Wings

  • 2  Tablespoons Cumin
  • 2  Tablespoons Coriander
  • 2  Tablespoons Chile Powder
  • 1  Tablespoon Ginger Powder
  • 1  Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1  Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1  Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Combine first 10 ingredients in bowl and mix well.

DESSERT

Debra’s Chocolate-Caramel Cookies

My sister-in-law makes these very simple cookies and they are great.  You can easily double or triple the recipe for a big crowd.

  • 12  Ounces Rolo’s Caramels
  • 1  Box Devils Food Cake mix
  • 2  Eggs
  • ⅓  Cup Canola Oil

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs. Take a small ball of dough and form a ball around the Rolo. (Only use enough dough to cover the rolo so it can spread through the cookie.)  Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Yields about 3 dozen.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

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Tailgate Food: Chicken Queso Enchiladas

Yes, I am a Texpatriate and a season ticket holder for the Dallas Cowboys.  I live and die with the franchise once called “America’s Team” and unfortunately with the team’s owner…Boss Hogg.1973BuffaloBills

That being said, I have adopted the Buffalo Bills.  I share two season tickets with some co-workers and I truly am a fan, but this is not something that only happened when I moved to the Niagara Frontier last July.  This dates back to 1973.

In 1973, I picked Buffalo as my team in the AFC.  I had to have a team in the other conference and it sure was not going to be that team from Houston.

Back when Orenthal James “O. J.” Simpson was just a Heisman Trophy winner and the best running back in the game…long before he became a punchline and a sad cautionary tale .  A tale that has ended with a  jailed criminal in Las Vegas.  In those days, two of my most prized possessions were my Dallas Cowboys and my Buffalo Bills logoed letterman-style jacket bought from the Sears catalog.  Yes, I also had the matching knit caps.sears6

Over the years, I have only cheered against the Bills when the played the Cowboys.  In fact, no one cheered louder watching the Bills’ 32-point rally to beat the Oilers on January 3, 1993.

That was another reason I looked forward to moving to Buffalo and another reason for me to make myself available in Orchard Park every time I get the chance.

Therefore, I joined some friends at Sunday’s game as the Bills hosted the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.  We decided to join the thousands of fans who make the Bills’ games a special event.

Pinto Ron

Pinto Ron

Bills’ fans are known for their tailgating…and some like Pinto Ron have become legend.  Unlike the Draconian rules enforced on Cowboy fans who want to tailgate at Jerry World, the Bills understand that tailgating at and around Ralph Wilson Stadium is a key part being a Bills fan.  Bills’ management has changed some policies in recent years to promote safety but they have done so without alienating the fans.

Unlike my tailgates at Colgate football and Texas Motor Speedway, I only had four people to feed at the Chiefs-Bills game.  I decided to make a pan of chicken queso enchiladas.  These are simple to make and you can easily keep them warm…just wrap the pan in a towel and place in an empty cooler.

I also made my 1836 Salsa, Ford’s Jalapeno Cheese Dip and Creole Honey Mustard…these are upcoming recipes.  Add some tortilla chips, some ice-cold Bud Light Lime (Fiesta In A Can) or Labatt’s Blue Light Lime (Soirée In A Can) and you are rolling.Fiesta

With the temperature being a brisk 37 degrees, the warm enchiladas were the right choice and my guests all seemed to them.

Below is the recipe.  There are a couple of things…these can be made up ahead of time, refrigerated and cooked the next day.  In fact, I have found that the enchiladas are better if you use this method.  Also, this is a great way to just leftover chicken and another use for the Texican Hot Sauce.

Chicken Queso Enchiladas

Queso Sauce

  • 2       Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1       Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 ½    Cup TEXICAN HOT SAUCE
  • 2       Cup Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • ½      TB Chili Powder
  • ½      TB Cumin
  • 1 ½    Cup Cooked Chicken (Shredded or Chopped)
  • 1 ½    Cup  Grated Colby Jack Cheese
  • ½      Cup  Chopped Onion
  • 12     Corn Tortillas

Combine first six ingredients large pot and bring to simmer.  Once the cheese is melted remove from heat and set aside.  Combine chicken, grated cheese, onion and set aside.  Spray 13×9 casserole dish with oil and then spread thin layer of sauce over bottom of pan.  Soften six (6) corn tortillas in skillet with a little oil and then layer them over the sauce mixture in pan.  Next layer chicken mixture over tortillas.  Soften remaining tortillas and layer them over chicken mixture.  Spread remaining sauce on top.  Preheat oven at 350-degrees.  Bake enchiladas for 45-55 minutes.

There you have it…Chicken Queso Enchiladas.  Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and if you like it..send it to your friends.

Lagniappe (10.27.2013)

What is lagniappe?

noun…Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Mississippi

  1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer’s purchase.
  2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.

Lagniappe derives from New World Spanish la ñapa, “the gift,” and ultimately from Quechua yapay, “to give more.”  The word came into the rich Creole dialect mixture of New Orleans and there acquired a French spelling.  It is still used in the Gulf states, especially South Louisiana, to denote a little bonus that a friendly shopkeeper might add to a purchase…”an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.”

Each week, my goal is to post a Lagnaippe on Chicken Fried Buffalo.  Just scattershooting about different topics and whatever crops up in the old skull…giving folks a little something extra.

Ron Cox and O6 Racing

Owens

Not Ron Cox

First, I would like to thank Ron Cox for his recent posts. Ron is fantastic tailgate chef and I was really glad when he decided to become part of O6 Racing.  It is great to have another cook in the group and the two of us have developed a fine partnership.  We each have things to focus on and can stay out of each others’ way…which is rare when you get two cooks in the same kitchen so to speak.

We have been called the “Castro Brothers” by some members of our group because we plan the menus and do the cooking without a lot of input from others.  These are the same slaps that also complain about the food being bland or that continually throw around sarcastic comments.  The amazing thing is that none of them ever lift so much as a spoon to help.  Those “people” do not include Travis Lee Seibrass, Jim Ryan and Ben “The King” Walters who are always ready to help with the prep work.

Buffalo BBQ — Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

A friend recommended a local BBQ joint called Fat Bob’s Smokehouse in downtown Buffalo. Now as anyone who has already reads this blog knows, I am a Texpatriate and someone who loves smoked meats.  Also, I like all styles of BBQ…from Carolina moving west. Unlike the views of some folks who have been mentioned earlier in this post, BBQ is not just beef.Fat Bob's Smokehouse

I decided to stop by Fat Bob’s for lunch last week.  Immediately, I liked the place.  It is located off the beaten path on a one-block, one-way street (41 Virginia Place) in the Allentown neighborhood.  Fat Bob’s has very good bar with plenty of crafts on tap, domestic specials and several big flat screens.

FB’s has gotten plenty of good reviews over the years so I knew that I would definitely be able to find a few things I would like on the menu.  There are several Cajun-influenced items but I decided on the chopped brisket sandwich with sides of onion rings and slaw. The portion size for the rings and slaw was generous and both were very good.  The rings were not the normal frozen, battered variety but were house made.  I prefer a sweeter style slaw and FB’s hit the mark for me.

As for the brisket sandwich, it was of modest size.  The bun was toasted and the brisket did have a good flavor but was a little dry…which is not uncommon.  I was very impressed with the selection of FB’s four different sauces.  Since WNY is outside of BBQ country, FB’s has provided a sauce that hits a few of the country’s BBQ regions.  I preferred the Low and Slow sauce which is more of a St. Louis-Style red sauce. The choices are the original, Low and Slow, Kansas City and “AK” Spicy.

Overall, my experience was good I will be back…for Happy Hour and to try the pork.  Also, FB’s is know for its mac and cheese and I well get some of that as well on my next trip.

Final Countdown

(10)  I would like to know who the genius was that invented the “mini” corndog.  America is in debt to that visionary.

Tickle

Tickle from Moonshiners

(9)    Very happy that a new season of Moonshiners starts next week (November 5 on Discovery Channel).

(8)    Is Trace Adkins the new Sam Elliott when it comes to voice over work?  I think so.

(7)    It always makes for a bad NFL viewing experience when you are sitting next to degenerate NFL gamblers at the bar.

(6)    Since I am in Buffalo and the Bills are the game with with sound, I don’t have to listen to Dick Stockton on the Cowboy-Lions game.

(5)    If the Giants have to win a game, please let while against the Eagles or (Insert Politically Correct Mascot for the Washington franchise).  NOTE:  They did beat the Eagles…more on that later.

London Jaguars

(4)    I think it is socially acceptable to bring your own seasoning to restaurant if you thinks the establishment’s food might need the help.

(3)    Let London have the Jaquars…maybe it will bring relegation to the NFL.  The only problem is…does London want the Jags?

(2)    I would much rather sit at a bar and watch football with a welder than a stockbroker or doctor.

(1)    Glad to see that Chip Kelly is revolutionizing the NFL with his high-powered Oregon offensive scheme…zero offensive touchdowns in the last eight quarters.  Hey Chip…you are not playing in Pullman and Corvallis anymore.

Well that’s it for today.  Let’s be careful out there.

Watching the Dallas Cowboys in Public

Well, it is Sunday in Buffalo and the Bills are on the road playing the early game in Miami.  Why is that such a big deal?Cowboys Helmet

Of course, I do follow the Bills since they are my local team and I have recently hired away two of their best employees.  I also have a couple of games in a season ticket group but the main reason this matters is because of NFL broadcast rules.

You see with the Bills playing the early game, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will not be shown on Fox even though it is the national game.  So instead of being able to watch the game in the comfort of my downtown loft, I must make the trek to a drinking establishment to view my beloved Cowboys and unlike my days in Chicago, this is not as easy as it seems.

The King of Craft Beers

The King of Craft Beers

In Chicago, almost any bar you walked in to on a Sunday had DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket.  I spent many Sundays at Kelly’s Pub and Reading Room in Lincoln Park with a group of my ne’er-do-well friends drinking Coors Light in cans, Three Floyds’ Robert The Bruce and making our own lunch.

As all NFL fans know, DirecTV holds the monopoly on out-of-market games and they have continued to increase the amount bars and restaurants must pay for the service.  The pricing is based upon the occupancy/capacity of the establishment.  If you have a small bar…like so many in Chicago…you can afford the fee.  For the big bars, DirecTV has increased the cost so much that fewer of them on the Niagara Frontier are making the investment. I do not blame them.  They will make good money when the Bills play but unlike Chicago, a melting pot of ex-pat NFL fans…there is even a Bengals’ bar my friends…there are not enough fans of other teams who flock to the bars to watch games.

Is that you Keith?

Is that you Keith?

With that context in mind, I made the short drive to Buffalo Wild Wings in the Southtowns for the Sunday Ticket.  While I am not a fan of chain restaurants/bars, I must admit that the staff at this BW3s…as it will always be known to me…does a nice job both in the front and back of the house.  It is close to my office and we have made ourselves available there on occasion after work.

Since I am out in public watching the Cowboys, I just wanted to provide a couple of tips for Tex-pats and Cowboy fans when watching a game outside the safety of your own home.  It might help when you find yourself in the situation I am today.

1.  Keep your head on a swivel…you never know when “that guy” is going to start a lengthy diatribe of why he hates the Cowboys and Texas in general.  This will normally happen when the experts on the pregame show pick against his squad or that team immediately falls behind the Jaguars by two scores.

Chicago-Bears-Starter-Jacket

Old School

2.  Make sure you have a couple of nice things to say about the local team or the team of the fan wearing the Apex or Starter jacket from 1993.  If either of the aforementioned scenarios include the Giants, Eagles or (Insert Politically Correct Name for the Washington Franchise), just lie…God will understand.

3.  Get to the bar early and ask for the Cowboys game on a small monitor in an out of the way place…preferably with your back to the wall and a clear view of the door.  Near the bathroom is always a positive when you need to vomit after a Tony Romo turnover.

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

4.  If the establishment has food, always ask the staff for the corn dog platter or the fish sticks.  The bonus is if they don’t know they don’t have it and head back to the kitchen to ask.

5.  Always ask if Shiner Bock is on special. In the likelihood that they have it, you are in business.  If they don’t, this opens the door for your server/bartender to tell you the specials. If the special is Jagermeister, run for the hills…quickly.

Is that Vanilla Ice?  Of course it is.

Is that Vanilla Ice? Of course it is.

6.  If the Cowboys are playing at Jerry World, tell your server you will be paying $9.50 a beer…just like being there.

7.  Make sure you hydrate with plenty of ice water since you will probably drink a couple of beers.  Sometimes the Cowboys’ performance will force you to self medicate.  In that case, make sure you have access to public transportation or a designated driver.

8.  Finally, show good Texas manners like your mother and grandmother taught you.  NFL Sundays can be a tough shift in a bar.  Tip well and be nice to the staff…you might want to come back for the next game.

Well, it is almost game time and I hope these little tips will help you in the future when you are watching Cowboy games outside of the Republic.

I hope everyone had a great Sunday and Go Cowboys!

UPDATE:  Cowboys win in Philly 17-3.  How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!

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