Best cooking apps for NFL game day BBQ

The 2015 NFL season is nearly upon us, which means you might be hosting a party or two. Whether you're firing up a ton of ribs on the BBQ for a veritable army of football fanatics, or just want to impress your small circle of friends with some bitchin' nachos, these cooking apps for Android will help you shop and cook with ease.

Though we're trying to zero in on apps that are perfect for the barbeque, you'll likely find a lot of apps here that are good for day-to-day cooking too. Getting ideas for what to make, building up shopping lists, and planning out meal schedules aren't uncommon features in these apps.

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Pit Pal

PitPal screenshots

PitPal is built to help those at the grill consistently produce competition-grade ribs and other delicious meatstuffs. You can log every meticulous detail of your cook, and save the information for later comparison. If you're really serious, Pit Pal can connect wirelessly to certain accessories that monitor the temperature of your smoker or grill. You can then record and export that data, and get notifications based on real temperature results.

Download: PitPal (free)


Big Oven hosts a wide range of recipes for any event (football-related or otherwise). The app lets you organize recipes by collection, build shopping lists, and make good use of leftovers. There's a massive library of 350,000 community recipes, plus you can scan and upload your own handwritten recipes with ease. A calendar option helps you easily organize meals between football games, too.

Download: BigOven (free)

AllRecipes Dinner Spinner

Search tools help filter results by prep time, dietary needs, and other criteria. Instructional videos for many help you with every step along the way. Recipes are rated by the community, with many sharing photos of the final product so you can get started with confidence.

Download: AllRecipes Dinner Spinner (free)


Yummly screenshots

Yummly is a beautiful cooking app with strong search options and personalized recommendations. Users can pare down search results based on dietary needs or prep time, or browse through popular recipes voted up by users. High-quality photos for each recipe helps you decide which way to go.

Download: Yummly (free)

Food Network in the Kitchen

Food Network in the Kitchen screenshots

The Food Network's app for Android highlights creations from some of their in-house chefs, and features recipes based on occasion, including grilling. Many recipes come along with dedicated video instructions, and user reviews that vouch for quality. Leave custom notes about recipes to make sure you've got everything in order before you get started, and add particularly great meals to your recipe box for future reference.

Download: Food Network in the Kitchen (free)

Your favorite cooking apps for Android?

Those are the top cooking apps for Android we've been able to find, but leave a link below with what you use when having folks over for the game.

Simon Sage
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