Tailgate Time


This Saturday will be our first tailgate of the season and I am hoping for it to be a stress-free kind of day so I am making a stress-free kind of spread.  Below are some of the recipes I plan on making and if you have made any of these let me know how they taste.



Crack-tastic Crackers 

*recipe can be found at “Sweet Teeth Goodies”


  • 1 – 1 1/4 cup canola oil (you decide how much you want to use)
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 2-3 Tbs. red pepper flakes
  • 4 sleeves of Saltine crackers (give or take…however many you can fit in your mixing bowl)



Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl for a good long while (5-10 minutes), to really get the crackers coated.


Lay them out on a cookie sheet and drizzle the yummy, ranchy, peppery oil that’s in the bottom of the bowl, over the top of the crackers. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes, stirring them around about halfway through. (optional to bake, most comments said they do not bake and just keep flipping in plastic bag)


Let them cool and store in a big bag.




Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken 

* recipe can be found at “How Sweet It Is”


  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 large)
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz of beer (she used a classic amber)
  • 32 oz of barbecue sauce



Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.  Add to crockpot, then add beer and 24 ounces of barbecue sauce.  Cook on low for 8 hours, tossing once or twice if desired.  After 8 hours, shred and add remaining barbecue sauce.  Toss chicken to coat and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving to absorb everything.  Serve as desired.  (I plan on making the night before and shredding.  In the morning I will add extra sauce and place on buns for the tailgate).


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