Fried chicken is another manly food item to bring to a potluck, although the reasons are a bit more subtle. Two aspects of manliness are the ability to rip meat from the bone with your teeth and the ability to successfully eat with your hands. Fried chicken covers both. Get extra manly food points for forgetting about the oven and traditional breading of breadcrumbs and egg and instead deep-fry the fowl after sluicing the pieces through a beer or whiskey batter.
A thick, hearty chili packed with beef, beans, onions, garlic, hearty tomato chunks and bubbling spices is nearly as manly a food as meatballs. Making a manly chili is easy, too. Simply add all your desired ingredients into a large crock pot, put it on high for the first hour and low for at least eight. Cook it overnight while you sleep, so you have enough energy to ward off all the compliments-and date offers-you’ll receive after bringing such macho food to the potluck.