Tailgating With McDonald’s

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(Disclosure: My tailgating party was sponsored by McDonald’s, an official sponsor of the NFL.)

I am so happy that football is back! There is little I enjoy more than spending time with family while watching the Bears (and now my oldest son!) play. It’s a Fall ritual!

Last weekend both my son and my nephew had football games on Sunday morning so we were getting together with family after their games. Twelve o’clock kickoff times aren’t the easiest to get ready for because being gone in the morning, for Church or youth football, means a rush to get some food ready once we get home.

We got to my mom’s house right before the Bears kicked off. Instead of cooking, we tried something new last week and picked up McDonald’s. This way everyone could get what they wanted and it was as simple as running to McDonald’s and picking it up. No cooking involved!

One thing I did add to the list of everyone’s food order was a box of cookies. Did you know that McDonald’s sold their delicious chocolate chip cookies by the box!? I didn’t! I regret only buying one box because, with a group, 2 or 3 boxes (at least!) is a must.

I kept the decorations simple. Just a football tablecloth, a few hanging decorations and a cute centerpiece that held the cookies was all we needed. We had football napkins as well, but no dirty plates or cups to wash. It was a really easy get-together to plan for and both setup and cleanup were easy-peasy.

Since not all of the kids were interested in the football game we made sure to have plenty to keep them busy. Along with playing with some toys upstairs, they played a couple games and spent some time crafting (more on that coming soon!).

They also loved playing with their football figures and Littlest Pet Shop animals that came in their Happy Meals. Overall, it was a great afternoon of football, food and fun.

We can’t wait for the next Bears game and will definitely be tailgating with McDonald’s again!

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Heinz 57 Tailgating Recipes {Giveaway}

heinz 57 pulled pork

As we enter the heat of football season, Heinz 57 Sauce is offering the recipe for a winning tailgate so that you are fully equipped to cheer on your favorite team.

Below, are three recipes to turn up the flavor on your tailgate – Heinz 57 Pulled Pork, Zesty Garlic Wings, and Honey Dipping Sauce. Whether you’re enjoying meat, seafood or veggies for the big game, Heinz 57 Sauce brings the perfect kick with its unique, rich flavor.

Heinz 57 Pulled Pork

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/4 cup Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped, or about 2 cups

3 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder blade roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces

1. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, mix together 57 Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, sugar, tomato paste, and onion. Season with salt & pepper if desired. Add pork, turning until well coated. Cover and cook on low heat setting for about 8 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.

2. To serve, remove pork from slow cooker. Pull pork into shreds using two forks. Return pork to slow cooker and stir until well mixed with sauce. Serve onto your favorite sandwich buns and serve immediately.

TIP: If desired, cook on on high heat setting for 4 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.

Zesty Garlic Wings

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/2 cup Prepared Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 package frozen chicken wing sections, thawed, or about 20 pieces

1. Preheat broiler to high heat. Place oven rack at 9 to 10 inches from heat source. Coat a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together 57 Sauce, vinaigrette and garlic until well mixed. Reserve half of mixture in a separate bowl for dipping.

3. Arrange wings in single layer on broiler pan and broil for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings. Continue broiling for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through, turning every 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: Always cook chicken until no longer pink or to an internal temperature of 165° F.

TIP: For grilling method, preheat grill to medium high heat. Grill wings for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings and grill for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F), turning frequently. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: For a spicier variation, add 1 to 2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes to sauce mixture.

Heinz 57 Honey Dipping Sauce

This sweet and tangy dipping sauce is simple and perfect with Ore-Ida® Grillers but can also be used as a dip for any favorite side – from chips to a veggie tray!

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

2 Tbsp. honey

1. Combine Heinz 57 and honey in a small bowl.

2. Enjoy!

3. If desired, serve with Ore-Ida® Grillers, prepared as directed on package.

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GIVEAWAY INCLUDES:

Heinz 57 Sauce, Heinz 57 Steak Sauce, Heinz 57 Sauce with Honey, Grilling tools, Heinz blanket, Can cooler, Heinz tailgating book

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Giveaway ends November 4, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway)