College football is coming! I repeat, college football is coming! In the south we have four seasons: almost summer, summer, football, and Christmas. Since one of those seasons is very very close it’s time to get prepared!
We are a divided household when it comes to our favorite teams, but one thing we have in common is how much we love tailgating. It truly makes for a perfect Saturday in the south.
Today, I’m sharing a new recipe I came up with to make the most delicious barbecue chicken for your tailgate! The secret is the sauce and I like mine sweet, sweet, sweet! Whenever I go to a barbecue joint, I always test the sauces to find the sweetest one, so I wanted my sauce to be sweet.
To make the bbq chicken you will need:
-A can of Dr Pepper
-A can of tomato paste
-A squirt of Blue Agave Sweetener
-Half cup of brown sugar
I mixed my sauce in my stand mixer. I started with a can of tomato paste. I actually don’t like anything tomato, so I wanted this in first so I could balance out the flavor. I then added a squirt of Blue Agave sweetener. How much you want is totally up to you. I added a decent amount, but I really like sweet bbq sauce. I let it mix well and then added in honey mustard…like a lot. I wanted the tomato taste to go away. Finally I added a can of Dr Pepper. If your sauce is more fluid than thick, you can add more honey mustard or another can of tomato paste. Whatever your preference.
Then, put half your sauce in a bag and place your tenderloins in the sauce. Let them marinate overnight. Cover the other half in a bowl and refrigerate.
When you’re ready to tailgate, light your charcoal and place your marinated tenderloins over the heat until cooked through. Then you can either choose to tear it apart and have shredded chicken or eat them as tenderloins.
My other favorite tailgate treat is a snack plate. While Stephen usually takes care of the grilling because I don’t even pretend to know how to light a grill, I whip up a snack plate with cheese, crackers, prosciutto roll ups, and garlic and herb dip.
Our first tailgating experience of the season is coming up next week, when I will have to bend and wear that tacky orange. That’s what you do when you get married, so I am compromising and bought orange tassel earrings. See. Compromise. Lol.
Despite wearing that awful orange, I am super excited to get football season started, and even more excited to show off my new barbecue chicken. We all know I don’t cook, so when I pull of something delicious I want to shout it from the roof top, or I guess in this case, the stadium.
What is your favorite tailgating treat?