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Adventures in Tailgating

With the 94th 2013/2014 regular season of NFL starting last week; it’s high time to get ready for all of the tailgating and football parties.   It was an exciting start last week as the Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens, were beat by the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Stadium in Denver, CO with a score of 49-27!

Monday Night Football is an American tradition like no other. Homes and sports bars are filled with friends and families cheering for their favorite teams and eating their favorite foods. Here at Sweetwood Smokehouse, we want you to make the most of your football parties – so go ahead and order some steaks ( ) and be the true champion of the game. For some dishes to go with your amazing steaks, check out our Pinterest board “Tailgate Like A Boss”( for some fun ideas.

These are our personal favorite recipes for kicking off football season:

All American Steak Strips


4-5 Fireside Flank steaks
1 cup catsup
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
Wood skewers (soak in water for 30 minutes before hand (this will keep them from catchin, fire)


First slice Fireside Flank steaks into strips, approximately ¼ -½ inch thick.
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk all liquids until smooth consistency.  Pour sauce over steak strips and allow marinating for at least 1 hour.   This can be made 1 day ahead of time.  Weave strips onto wooden skewers very tightly not allowing for any space from top to bottom.  Preheat grill to medium and grill strips for 10-12 minutes rotating every 2-3 minutes.
Remove from grill place on serving platter and watch ‘em disappear.

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Poppers


6 fresh jalapeno peppers – halved lengthwise and seeded

12 slices of bacon

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  2. Spread cream cheese to fill jalapeno halves. Wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place on the grill, and cook until bacon is crispy

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