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Tailgating season is now in full swing, and I have to admit, I’m really excited. You see, here in Kansas City tailgating generally means barbecue, and y’all know how much I love barbecue. But one recipe that’s been a recent favorite when I tailgate is this: sausage and beef, blended together and stuffed with cheese, coated in barbecue sauce, and cooked in the slow cooker until they’re ready to enjoy. I can’t imagine a tailgate without them. Made with spicy sausage, they’re even worth the heartburn (which, luckily, I have a solution for).
These meat bombs really don’t have any complicated ingredients inside, so you can pick up everything you need at your local Walmart store. You’ll need a pound of ground beef, a pound of ground sausage, some barbecue sauce, some breadcrumbs, an egg, and of course, some cheese.
If tailgating gets you down because of heartburn, you might also want to pick up some Nexium® 24HR Tablets in the heartburn relief section of the over-the-counter medicine department of your local Walmart.
On the day of your tailgate, you can whip these up in the morning in literally less than 15 minutes. Simply mix the ground sausage, ground beef, an egg, and some breadcrumbs together until it’s just mixed (but be careful not to overwork it). Pick your own favorite– spicy, mild, whatever.
In the bottom of your slow cooker, spread a thin layer of barbecue sauce. I’m from Kansas City, so I like my sauce a little sweeter, but you can go sweet, spicy, or anything in between.
Flatten out a bit of the meat, just a little bit smaller than your palm when flattened, and place a 1-inch cube of cheddar cheese in the middle (or kick it up a notch with some pepper jack or any cheese you like). Wrap the meat around the cheese until it’s fully covered and place the meatball in the slow cooker, adding a little more barbecue sauce between each layer of balls until you’re out of meat mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours for an evening tailgate or on high 3-4 hours for an early afternoon tailgate.
Food is arguably the best part of any tailgate (yes, even above actually attending the game)… but the worst part is for sure any heartburn that can be a part of it. Luckily, you can turn tailgating heartburn into a burst of Tailgreatness with Nexium® 24HR. I’ve found that all I have to do is take just one pill a day for all-day, all-night protection from my tailgating-induced heartburn.* (*Use as directed. *May take 1-4 days for full effect).
I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been at the game and I’ve just had that feeling of heartburn start to flare up. The problem is, once you’ve got it, it’s really, really hard to focus on the game. I’m always a little grateful when everyone else is focused enough on the game that they don’t see me struggling with the heartburn, honestly.
Because Nexium® 24HR is the #1 Choice of Doctors and Pharmacists* for their own frequent heartburn. (*Among PCPs and Pharmacists who use a branded OTC PPI), I trust it to help me, too. The thing I really like is in the larger-count packages (like the 42 count tablets!), you get 3 really convenient smaller bottles that you can take anywhere, including the tailgate.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 lb cheddar cheese, cut into 1" cubes
- 1 egg
- Barbecue Sauce
- Buns, to serve
- Combine beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, and egg until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
- Take meatball-sized portions of meat mixture, flatten, place cheese in the middle, and wrap meat around cheese to cover cheese completely.
- Spread layer of barbecue sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker, and layer meatballs with barbecue sauce.
- Cook 7-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high and serve on buns.
For me, tailgating season is seriously about celebrating Tailgreatness, whether that means a heartburn-free tailgate or a super delicious, ooey-gooey, cheese stuffed barbecue meat bomb that all of my friends and family love. I like to enjoy mine on a mini ciabatta bun, but they’re also great over pasta if you want them to have them at home instead of the tailgate.
What is your favorite part of the tailgating season, and what is your favorite tailgating food? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to sign up for promotions and coupons to save on Nexium® 24HR during tailgating season.
*Use as directed. May take 1-4 days to take full effect.