Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs have their home opener and I could not be more excited! Football season brings good things with it. Fall weather, lots of fun, and great food shared with family and friends. When Farmland asked me to help spread the word about their Chiefs sweepstakes and some delicious tailgating recipes, I jumped at the chance to promote this Kansas City company and my favorite team. This post is sponsored by Farmland, but all opinions remain mine alone.
Before my son came along, we were Chiefs season ticket holders. On Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium was church. The atmosphere inside and outside of Arrowhead is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. It’s electric. My favorite part of football season is not necessary the games themselves, it’s the tailgating and sharing good food with friends. I have fun just thinking about what food I’ll bring to a tailgate, and scouring the web for ideas! Appetizers and recipes that incorporate bacon are always crowd-pleasers, so that’s usually what I bring. I visited the Farmland Bacon Club web-site, and decided to share a few of my favorite BACON friendly tailgate recipes with you! Plus, I’ve included my #1 most requested appetizer recipe, Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Water Chestnuts!
Four Insanely Easy Bacon Tailgating Recipes!
Bacon Onion Rings: These look complicated, but are deceptively easy! Bacon and a brown sugar crust make for a sweet and salty treat. Click the picture to get the recipe.
Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip: A cheesy dip is a tailgate must. Bonus, you can make this one the night before!
Bacon Breakfast Burritos: May seem unusual, but one of our favorite things to bring to a morning tailgate is breakfast burritos. You can even make them on the spot, just bring a cast iron skillet to place on your grill!
And, my #1 most requested appetizer! Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Water Chesnuts in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.
- 12 slices of Farmland bacon, cut in half
- 1 can of water chesnuts, whole (not sliced!)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- For the bacon wrapped chestnuts
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Wrap each individual water chestnut in bacon and secure with toothpick.
- Place bacon wrapped water chestnuts on large baking sheet with edges to contain grease* and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven** and flip over. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy, but not burned.
- For the sauce
- Combine ketchup and brown sugar in small sauce pan. Cook on low until the brown sugar melts, stirring often.
- Add several dashes of Worcestershire, stir, and taste. Add additional if desired.
- Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Transfer wrapped chestnuts onto a serving platter, and pour sauce over top to coat.
- * I really dislike soggy bacon. While you can cook these on a greased baking sheet, I recommend using a cookie cooling rack placed inside of a baking sheet to keep the bacon lifted off the pan. This will keep them out of the grease, and the bacon will get nice and crispy!
- **Be very careful when removing these from the oven. They generate a lot of grease, and the oven will be very steamy when you open it. I recommend opening the oven and letting the steam escape before you bend down to get them out.
Let’s go Chiefs, and don’t forget to make Farmland bacon the star of your next tailgate!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Farmland. All opinions are mine alone. For more bacon-related tailgating videos, recipes and giveaways, sign up for the Farmland Bacon Club.