Traditional Preakness Party Food

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Planning your Preakness party just got a lot easier!  The Preakness Stakes celebrates its 138th year, and each year the thoroughbred horse race is held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Seafood is a Maryland staple and, of course, has an overwhelming presence in Preakness menus.  In addition to Maryland Lump Crab Cakes and Chesapeake Oysters, there are several other foods no Preakness party would be complete without.

Pulled Pork Barbecue Served in the Turf Valley Members’ Grill by Chef Bob Hundertmark

Dry Rub

  • ½ cup paprika
  • ½ cup onion powder
  • ¼ cup granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup cayenne
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup black pepper
  1. Put 5 lb pork butt in a deep pan that is taller than the meat.
  2. Mix all dry rub ingredients together and coat pork.  Cover and place pork butt in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. After pork butt rests overnight, place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  4. After searing, add 3 cups of diced green pepper and 2 cups of diced yellow onion.
  5. Cover pork with light chicken stock. Cover pan with tin foil and cook in a 300 degree oven for 5 hours.
  6. The internal temperature should be at least 155 degrees.  Drain off liquid, saving any solids.
  7. Trim off fat and tear remaining pork into shreds.  Toss with your favorite hickory barbeque sauce, store in proper storage container in the refrigerator.

The Black Eyed Susan – The Official Preakness Cocktail

  • 1.25 oz Finlandia Vodka
  • 0.25 oz St. Germain Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz Lemongrass & Blackberry simple syrup
  • 6 drops of Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish with one Sage Leaf

Almost any side dishes will do to complement your main courses for Preakness.  Crab cakes are perfect with sweet corn and pulled pork barbecue with Cole slaw or potato salad. You can also have a snack bowl of Utz Crab Chips, which are made in Maryland and flavored with Chesapeake Bay crab seasoning.   For dessert, we recommend American Strawberry Shortcakes and Black-Eyed Susan themed desserts.

Preakness is very unique to Maryland’s culture, so restaurants make every effort to support local farms in celebrating Maryland traditions.   We also challenge and encourage you to use local Maryland ingredients when preparing your Preakness party food!

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