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With fall comes game time and we love getting some great game day appetizers going in the kitchen to celebrate the start of football season! I thought I’d share one of my most favorite and most easy appetizers today…they’re made with a homemade Dr Pepper® BBQ Sauce recipe and our favorite Eckrich® Smoked Sausage from Giant Eagle!! Let’s see how delicious this Dr Pepper BBQ Smoked Sausage recipe is for game day! The recipe is SO simple. You can find all ingredients at Giant Eagle or I’m willing to bet you have most of these ingredients already on hand!! And since Dr Pepper is the official drink of college football fans, it’s only natural that their rich, indulgent and one of a kind flavor is the main ingredient in this tailgating appetizers!! Dr Pepper has been a part of college football for over 25 years!
Dr Pepper BBQ Smoked Sausage
- 12 oz Dr Pepper Soda
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup chili sauce
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Whisk all BBQ sauce ingredients together in a bowl and bring sauce to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer sauce for 20 minutes or until thickened.
In a separate skillet, add sliced Eckrich sausage with a little olive oil and brown lightly.
Once sauce is thickened add sausage is cooked, combine the two into a small crockpot and put temperature on low. Serve with toothpicks or set out slider buns to make mini sandwiches.
Start by adding in all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl, then add in the best part, the Dr Pepper! Whisk all the ingredients together, then while the sauce is simmering, get your Eckrich Smoked Sausage ready to go!! Eckrich is one of our favorite easy dinner and appetizer ideas because it’s easy to prepare, so we spend less time in the kitchen, which means more time to watch the game and hang out with friends and family! Eckrich Smoked Sausage is also great for the grill at a tailgate with its rich, savory flavor. It’s easily my family’s FAVORITE part of game day! Head to Giant Eagle to pick up the Eckrich Smoked Sausage and Dr Pepper or click here to enter to win one of ten 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. *Pricing may vary depending on store and location.
I hope you enjoyed this easy tailgating recipe idea! My whole family loves the homemade Dr Pepper BBQ Sauce and the Eckrich Smoked Sausage is literally good with ANYTHING on it…so if you prefer it plain, it’s just as good that way too!