The BIG football game in Utah was this past weekend. One rival is the place that gave me the education to succeed in life. The other rival is the place that currently pays for my food.
Which team would you side with?
Despite how much I love eating and enjoy getting a paycheck, I'd say my loyalties still lean toward my alma mater, BYU. You just can't erase the influence of your college years, and obviously I chose that school for a reason to begin with. Besides, does the success of a school's football team really determine the worth of the school? (Yes, my school lost.)
Still, despite the fact that the two teams aren't in the same division and the game pretty much counts for nothing, (again, can you tell that BYU lost?) it was fun seeing the school pride being worn around both campuses this weekend. The bus I ride home from work goes from the University of Utah campus straight into the heart of BYU territory. Our bus driver recorded an announcement that we were the "Utah Fan Bus" and had it play every time we stopped. Since them's fighting words for a lot of the people riding the bus it was pretty funny watching people's reactions. Some people even hesitated about getting on. Cars driving around both schools had little school flags attached to their roofs and the whole town I live in basically shut down around game time.
My husband and I watched most of the game (until the losing got too unbearable) at a sports restaurant because we don't have cable, so I didn't actually make these sticky wings to eat during the game. I did make them the next day to eat while watching a baseball game so I can still confidently say they are tested and approved as an excellent sports snack. In fact, we liked them so much that I'm not even going to bother waiting for the next sports game to make them again. You know something is great when my picky husband goes back for seconds and contemplates thirds. They're slightly sweet and slightly spicy with tender, juicy meat. The juiciness comes from slow cooking in the crockpot, and the sweet spicy flavor is enhanced with a sauce that is brushed on before broiling to give the wings great texture. No matter what side you are on in the great football rivalry in your area, (or even if you don't have a side) these wings are guaranteed to be a winner in your house.
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 4 h 30 min Ready in: 4 h 40 min Yield: 4 servings