“This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. Game Day Greats brought to you by Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.”
I don’t know about you but our family is a bunch of Dr Pepper® fans. It’s the national drink of Texas, you know! The summer is drawing to a close and football season is upon us which basically means we’re still going through a ton of this magical elixir! It’s time to get ready for game day with Dr Pepper® and Kroger!
Dr Pepper® is a Texas thing. I know you can get it everywhere, and that’s great, but it was created HERE and it’s something we’re really proud of… like real BBQ, chicken fried steak, and pecan pie. The first thing y’all need to remember is that there is no period after Dr ….. it’s Dr Pepper® NOT Dr. Pepper. Makes me crazy!!
Anyway, you can’t have a game day get together without plenty of snacks and drinks, right? I mean, all of that yelling at the television set that my family does can really dry out a throat — not to mention the calories burned by the various hand gestures…LOL!
I love our get-togethers with family and friends. I guess they are pretty unique, if for no other reason than the sheer number of people involved and some of our family members attend via Skype! I have eight kids, a step-daughter, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and three grandkids. Plus we always invite our closest friends to our shindigs! Now, three of my sons and my daughter-in-law are in the military so we are rarely all together anymore for anything. Thank God for technology like Skype! There have been times when one or two of the kids is able to join us via Skype – technology is great, isn’t it?
“Mom, hold that plate up a little higher I can’t see the pie…. Yep, make that when I get home, please…”
Anyway, when as many of us as can be together are together it is loud, and it is crazy. There’s a lot of joking, and laughter, and love. It’s one of the things I love about our big family!
But, all of that takes a LOT of groceries! So, I headed over to Kroger, with three of my favorite assistants, to get my supplies. The store is really convenient to me and I like that I can run in, run out, and get home. I do not have the time to traipse through mega stores trying to find what I want.
Of course, I needed Dr Pepper® and Diet Dr Pepper® for drinking, and then I have a couple of family favorite recipes that Dr Pepper® is a big part of. I like to use my slow cooker as much as possible on the weekends, and especially if we are having a family get-together. I mean, with my kids, grandkids, and my friends here I don’t want to be cooking — I want to be sitting and enjoying my family and I bet you feel the same way! Every menu item that I choose for this type of thing is going to be either done in a slow cooker or a make ahead recipe. That means I can be part of what’s going on — which at my house is always interesting!
I was looking through my recipes and I realized there are a lot of them that include Dr Pepper® as an ingredient. I like the spicy, sweet, not-easy-to-describe flavor it brings to our favorite foods. For game day that means finger foods. We have a big, old, circa 1910 house and people could be eating anywhere from the dining room to the back deck. There’s no telling how many people might be here at any one time. There are not enough dishwasher tabs in the universe, I’m just saying.
So by the end of the day my house is full with kids sitting on the floor in the parlor (smart move on my part actually – wood floors are easy to clean), people at the table, people in the media room screaming at the TV, people in the den screaming at the TV, people in my room screaming at the TV… Luckily the dogs are good about cleaning up after parties because honestly, I just don’t have the energy. These slow cooker Dr Pepper® pulled beef sliders are exactly the kind of recipe I love for game day. They are small so the younger kids don’t leave half of it on the plate and the bigger “kids” can stack up five or six of them on their plates.
So my game day menu looks like this:
- Dr Pepper® BBQ Brisket Sandwiches
- Chips, Crackers, and Dip
- Dr Pepper® Texas Sheet Cake
You are going to love these sandwiches. Seriously.
Slow Cooker Dr Pepper® Pulled Beef Sliders
- 3 pounds trimmed brisket or chuck roast
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste, (about 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt for most people)
- 1 12- ounce can Dr Pepper®, (not diet)
- 2 tablespoons cherry balsamic vinegar
- 2 dried chipotle peppers
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 24 slider buns
- Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Mix the salt, pepper, and paprika and rub the brisket all over.
- Add the meat to the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Shred the meat with two forks and cook another 4 hours on low.
- Spoon shredded meat in the slider buns to serve.
Before this game day be prepared. Head out to Kroger and pick up the Dr Pepper® you are going to need. Oh! And look for the in-store Miller Coors®/Kellogg’s®/Dr Pepper® sweepstakes for fly away trips to Rivalry games!. You don’t want to miss out on that. Whether you are homegating, tailgating, or whatever kind of gating you do, Kroger and Dr Pepper® are part of your ultimate game day, college football experience.
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