This Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper® Sauce is sure to make every sports fan cheer with joy! It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy, the perfect combination for your game day party!
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When it comes to pulling off a great game day party, preparation is key for a stress-free, fun-filled event that is sure to score a touchdown with all of your fans. Doing just a few small steps in advance can make a difference in how successful your party will be. Don’t you want to be watching the football game instead of spending hours in the kitchen or manning the grill?
These tips will bring you back to your guests and you can enjoy the party right along with them.
Follow along until the end of this post for a can’t miss recipe for Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper Sauce. This simple recipe packs a ton of flavor and will satisfy even the pickiest of fans.
When it is time to shop for your party food, plan your menu and save time by shopping in one place. For me, I always choose Giant Eagle for my game-day favorites. Fresh produce, incredible meat selection, comparable prices and of course convenience.
The star of my menu is my Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper Sauce. I didn’t want to put it on any old boring hot dog. I chose to pick up some Eckrich Smoked Sausage® for the grill. The rich, savory flavor of the smoked sausage would go perfectly with the sauce. Both of which I picked up right at Giant Eagle. They are also easy to prepare, which also cuts down on spending time in the kitchen.
Dr Pepper and Eckrich are also running a pretty cool sweepstakes right now, just in time for your big game parties. Be sure to enter to win before time is up. Just look at what you can have the chance to win!!
●10 Grand Prizes each consisting of: Tailgating Tent; Portable Speakers;Folding Chairs ; 5-Piece Grilling tool Set; Beverage Tubs w/ Serving Tray; Tundra 35 Yeti Cooler; Kirk Herbstreit Autographed Football; Weber Grill.
When it comes to decorating for the big game, keep it simple yet festive. We have some FREE kick-off party printables that are easy to use. Or make your own with a few inexpensive items you probably have laying around your house already.
●Focal Point of the table – I used a piece of black foam board for the center of the table. You can draw a fun saying in large letters using white paint. Add some X’s and O’s and a few direction arrows to mimic the playbook. It is eye-catching and fun!
●Table Banner – I made the Game Time Banner with regular cardstock, using my favorite team colors! Just draped across the front of the table.
●Table Cloth – I always seem to go with green to mimic the field. You can take it one step further and place strips of white streamers vertically to mimic the lines of the field too.
●The Drink Station – Add a cute sign using an old frame and black paper. I added more of the X’s and O’s to match the big sign. Instead of just writing the word whistle, I thought adding an actual whistle to the frame would give it some dimension. Let’s face it, it’s more interesting and fun in 3D! Place it in front of a full ice bucket loaded with Dr Pepper!
●Napkins – There is no such thing as regular napkins at a real game day party. Use yellow napkins for “penalty flags” and red napkins for “challenge flags“.
Here are a few more close-ups of our game day decorations!
Game Day Food!
The best, most practical game day food can be held right in your hand. There is no need for utensils and a fancy meal for this party. We are here to cheer and scream for our favorite teams, not place a napkin in our lap and use a knife and fork. But, if you are into that sort of thing … I won’t judge!
Snacks and fresh fruit are a must. Something sweet, something salty and something refreshing. Paper bags are perfect for individual servings of popcorn. Draw some laces on the outside, and it is a perfect match for your theme.
Burgers and sausages are usually a staple for any tailgating or game day party. Sliders are a great substitute for a big messy burger. I like to make Sliders For A Crowd. It’s easy and once again you aren’t spending hours in the kitchen or at the grill.
I love a good hot dog, but what I really love is Eckrich Smoked Sausage on the grill. Something about the rich, savory flavor with the smoke from the grill just makes me happy. Add some delicious toppings to your smoked sausage, and all your guests will be cheering.
When I talk about delicious toppings for the grilled smoked sausage, one of my go to’s is usually hot dog sauce. This year I decided to try something new, and boy am I glad I did.
This recipe for Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper Sauce is a new staple for us on game day. You can make a batch in less than 20 minutes, place it in your crockpot to keep it warm, and you are ready to enjoy your game day party with all of your guests.
Adding Dr Pepper to this sweet and tangy sauce was a no-brainer really. With it’s rich and indulgent flavor, Dr Pepper worked perfectly with the tanginess of the original sauce. Since Dr Pepper is the official drink of college football fans, how could I not add it into our game day party. Did you know there are actually 23 flavors in Dr Pepper?
Here is what you will need to make Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper Sauce
●1 Tbs Vegetable oil (you can also use a vegetable oil substitute)
●1/2 Medium onion – diced
●2 Cloves of garlic
●1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef
●14 oz. Can crushed tomatoes
●1 Cup Dr Pepper
●6 oz. Tomato paste
●1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar
●2 Tbs Mustard
●2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
●1/4 Cup Brown sugar
●1 Capful liquid smoke (optional)
●Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat vegetable oil in a skillet, on medium heat.
Saute the onions and garlic until they are translucent.
Add in the ground beef season with salt and pepper, cook until browned. Drain excess grease from the pan once the ground beef is cooked through.
Stir in the tomatoes, Dr Pepper, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, and Liquid Smoke.
Simmer on medium heat 5 – 10 minutes so the flavors have a chance to blend.
Transfer the smoked sausage sauce to a crockpot, set it on warm and head back to your guests to enjoy the big game!
Serve Sweet and Tangy Dr Pepper Sauce on top of your grilled Eckrich Smoked Sausage for the perfect game day bite! You could also top with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped onion if you like. However you eat it, just make sure it is with your hands!
Sweet & Tangy Dr Pepper Hot Dog Sauce - Plus Tips To Make Sure You Are Game Day Ready!
- 1 Tbs Vegetable oil
- 1/2 Medium onion – diced
- 2 Cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef
- 14 oz. Can crushed tomatoes
- 1 Cup Dr Pepper
- 6 oz. Tomato paste
- 1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs Mustard
- 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
- 1 Capful liquid smoke optional
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet, on medium heat.
- Saute the onions and garlic until they are translucent.
- Add in the ground beef season with salt and pepper, cook until browned. Drain excess grease from the pan once the ground beef is cooked through.
- Stir in the tomatoes, Dr Pepper, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, and Liquid Smoke.
- Simmer on medium heat 5 – 10 minutes so the flavors have a chance to blend.
- Transfer the smoked sausage sauce to a crockpot, set it on warm and head back to your guests to enjoy the big game!
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