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Can you tell it’s college football playoff season? My timeline is flooded with game updates and friends talking smack to other friends who are rooting for rival teams. The one thing that my friends definitely don’t play about is food. Our homegating table spread is just as awesome as our tailgating.
If you saw my snaps from my alma mater’s Homecoming tailgate, you will know exactly what I am talking about. I was in pure food heaven!
Unfortunately, my favorite college team is nowhere near the playoffs but I can still enjoy time with my friends and help cheer on their teams. Plus, the in-person antics are just as hilarious as the online version.
We all know that I love to cook and that’s normally the chore than I’m given. For this season’s College Football Playoff homegating, I’m making my Sweet and Sour Meatball Sliders. All we have to do is add a few more items to complete our food spread.
One of our favorite beverages is Dr Pepper® and you are sure to find a pack at any of our parties. This year, Dr Pepper has decked out their limited edition cans with a College Football Playoff theme. The cans are super cute! Dr Pepper also has 2-liter football bottles, which are also perfect for homegating.
Let me get into what you are here for, my Sweet and Sour Meatball Slider recipe. I do have a side note for making them. I normally bake them in the oven but I was running late for our last game day, so I pan fried them and added them to the slow cooker with the sauce. I normally keep them in the slow cooker on warm…guests can make their sliders anytime during the game without the meatballs getting cold.
- 2lbs Ground Beef
- 1/3 C Breadcrumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 1/3 C Brown Sugar
- 2T Corn Starch
- 3T Soy Sauce
- 1/3 C Vinegar
- 1 ½ C of Pineapple Tidbits with equal amount juice, reserved
- ½ Green Pepper, sliced
- ¼ Large Onion, sliced
- In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Slowly whisk in vinegar. Add juice and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Stir constantly until sauce thickens. Add in vegetables and pineapple tidbits. Cook for 10 mins and add to slow cooker.
- Bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 50 mins. After they are done, add meatballs to the sauce in the slow cooker.
If you are super busy like me, I would recommend using the Walmart Grocery Pickup. Omg! It’s a serious time saver. I started using the service when it first hit my area and I love that I can even use it when I’m at home, two states away. All I do it hop online, add what I need to my online cart, checkout, and go pick up my items. A few months ago, I downloaded the Grocery Pickup app. It lets me check in and works with my GPS, so when I get to the store I don’t have to call. The associate sees that I’m there and heads on out with my goodies. #winning When I tell you this comes in handy in the evenings when it is cold out and I don’t feel like roaming around the store…
Sorry, I get all excited when I started talking about things that I love.
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