RALEIGH, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 -- College football season is in full swing, and the North Carolina State University Wolfpack have started the season with an impressive five-win, two-loss record. With a location just minutes from the home of the Wolfpack, Carter-Finley Stadium, this Raleigh, NC airport hotel is the perfect place to stay on game weekends. If you can't make it to the city and are looking for ways to make your at-home tailgating party a little tastier, executive chef Ron Salerno of the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley has a few recipes that are sure to score big with you and your fellow fans.
The award-winning cuisine at this hotel near RDU airport is the work of Salerno, who has taken his talent and time to create his own Rib Rub, sold at the hotel, and used it to create these special recipes for game day or every day meals.
Shrimp on the Barbie
1 pound jumbo shrimp (10-15)
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 C Crabtree's Rib Rub BBQ Spice Blend
1 fresh lemon
Combine shrimp, oil and spice blend in bowl and marinate for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, turning periodically. Place on hot grill and cook until just pink and slightly charred on the outside. Squeeze with fresh lemon juice and serve.
BBQ Spiced Chips
Oil for frying
1 1/2 lbs. Idaho russet potatoes
Crabtree's Rib Rub BBQ Spice Blend
Preheat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. Wash potatoes and then slice into very thin 1/8-inch slices using a mandoline with a straight-blade attachment. Keep potatoes in very cold water until ready to fry. Drain potatoes in a colander and blot dry with paper towels. Fry potatoes in batches, a few at a time, for about 3 to 4 minutes. Once they reach a golden brown color, remove chips from the fryer and drain on a paper-towel-lined sheet-tray. Dust immediately with BBQ Spice Blend to taste.
3 lbs. chicken leg quarters
1/8 C vegetable oil
1/2 C Crabtree Rib Rub BBQ Spice
1 C Crabtree Rib Rub Sweet & Spicy sauce
Put chicken in a bowl and combine with seasoning rub and oil. Cover and marinate chicken in refrigerator at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Preheat grill to low temperature setting and oil rack to prevent sticking. Chef Salerno of this Raleigh hotel prefers a charcoal grill, but it's easier for most to manage temperature with a gas grill. Place chicken on grill, cover and cook slowly. Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F or about 45 minutes. Brush chicken with BBQ sauce and continue to cook, being careful not to burn it. Turn chicken and continue to brush with sauce. Remove chicken from grill and serve.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
2 C coleslaw
6 soft hamburger buns
2 lbs. smoked pork shoulder
1 C Crabtree's Rib Rub Carolina Style BBQ sauce
Pull smoked pork apart and mix with Carolina Style BBQ Sauce. Heat in pan on low heat until pork is hot throughout. To serve, split buns in half and pile up some pork. Top with a large spoonful of coleslaw and place top half of bun on top. Serve with a side of your favorite Crabtree's Rib Rub BBQ Sauce and hot sauce.
BBQ Baked Beans
1 tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 C bacon, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (28 oz.) cans pinto or navy beans
1 C brown sugar
1/3 C Crabtree's Rib Rub BBQ Spice Blend
1 C Crabtree's Rib Rub Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté bacon until lightly browned. Add red pepper, onion and garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Add beans and remaining ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Cover beans and place in preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
If you don't have tickets to the game and still want to catch the action and dine on Salerno's delicious game-day recipes, head to Quinn's Sports Bar at this Raleigh airport hotel.
About the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Contemporary style and casual spaces come together at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, minutes from top business parks, shopping and downtown. At the center of this modern hotel is the flexible lobby, offering free Wi-Fi and spaces to work, meet, mingle and relax. Offering free shuttle service to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and close to the Amtrak station, this hotel is a great choice for meetings, wedding or events, with 10,350 sq. ft. of event space, nine meetings rooms and a Grand Ballroom with the capacity to seat 500 guests. Accommodations were created with today's traveler in mind and feature 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs with premium movie channels, 300-thread-count linens, Internet access and stylish workspaces. Well-appointed suites are perfect for meetings or VIPs, and concierge-level rooms include upgraded amenities and access to the private lounge. Spend your days exploring the area, including the biggest names in entertainment at PNC Arena, college sports at North Carolina State University and shopping at Crabtree Valley Mall. If you can't make it to the game but don't want to miss out, Quinn's Sports Bar is the perfect place to catch your favorite team along with an extensive food and drink menu. You can also sample award-winning cuisine at Crabtree Grill, featuring a menu of contemporary American dishes. To workout or unwind, head to the fitness center or indoor/outdoor pool.
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