This post has been sponsored by Farmland. All opinions are mine alone. Go Chiefs!
Can you believe it’s football season already? Now, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite tailgating recipes this fall, and trust me, this one is one you’ll want to add to the line up. When you’re cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs (or any of the other teams out there, but who’s paying attention to those, anyway? Ha!), you’ll love these Sweet Stuffed Pepper Bacon Bombs, but I also want to share a few of my favorite tailgating recipes from the Farmland Bacon Club, and tell you all about a really awesome sweepstakes from Farmland and the KC Chiefs that I know you’ll want to enter!
To start these Sweet Stuffed Pepper Bacon Bombs, you’re going to want to make some pulled pork to stuff it with. Now, you can always stuff the peppers with other stuff– like veggies, ground beef, mushrooms, anything… but pulled pork is where it’s at. When I think about football, I think about tailgating, and tailgating makes me think of barbecue; after all, that’s how Kansas City spells “tailgate,” right? BBQ? To make the best ever pulled pork, you’ll want to put your Farmland pork loin in a slow cooker that’s been brushed with your favorite barbecue sauce. Top the pork with your favorite seasoning, then more barbecue sauce, and finally, a can of soda. Seal the slow cooker and cook it on high for 6 hours or until it shreds easily. Now, you’ll have some leftover pulled pork for sandwiches, because you only need about a cup of shredded pulled pork for the peppers, so be sure to get some buns, too!
To start your peppers, you’ll take a cup of pulled pork, a teaspoon of garlic salt, and a block of diced cream cheese, and microwave for a minute, then stir. You’ll want it nice and creamy, ready to stuff inside of your sweet peppers.
For your peppers, you’ll want to take a bag of mini sweet peppers that are red and gold (what else for a Chiefs tailgating party?) and gently take a knife to cut the stem off and remove the seeds. In these small peppers, the seeds tend to be right near the stem, so once you make your cuts, you can gently tug and most of the seeds will come right out– just rinse the excess seeds out once you’ve hollowed the peppers.
Carefully stuff each pepper with the pulled pork cream cheese mixture. I found that a piping bag with a large hole in the end worked well, but the back of a spoon is also good for pushing cream cheese into the nooks and crannies of a pepper. Carefully wrap each pepper in Farmland bacon, then secure the end with a toothpick.
In your favorite bacon cooking pan (some love a skillet, some love cast iron, you just pick your favorite), fry the bacon wrapped peppers until the bacon is cooked and the peppers are tender. Place on a paper-towel lined plate, then remove toothpicks carefully before serving.
Look at how the pulled pork and cream cheese mixture flows out of the softened peppers, lined with crisp bacon. It’s so good– trust me, you’ll want to make these popable snacks again and again.
- 1 Cup pulled pork
- 1 block cream cheese, diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 package sweet mini peppers, de-seeded an de-stemmed
- 1 package Farmland bacon
- Remove stems and seeds from sweet mini peppers.
- In microwave-safe bowl, combine pulled pork, cream cheese, and garlic powder.
- Microwave pork mixture for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until creamy, then stir.
- Stuff pork mixture into mini bell peppers, then wrap each pepper in bacon, securing the end with a toothpick.
- Fry until bacon is cooked and peppers are tender, then serve warm.
- To make an easy pulled pork, place Farmland pork loin in a slow cooker. Coat in seasoning and barbecue sauce, then pour soda over the Farmland pork. Cook on high for 6 hours or until pork shreds easily and is fully done.
If you haven’t already, you’ll definitely want to check out the Farmland Bacon Club website. They’ve got so many more tailgating recipes for you to try… I know I’ll be making the Chicken Fried Bacon and Bacon Onion Rings for the next Chiefs game. Want to get really extreme? They’ve also got instructions on how to make an EXTREME Farmland Bacon Football Stadium!
And here’s the best part of everything– whether you’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan, a Farmland Bacon fan, or, like all good Kansas Citians, BOTH, you can enter the Red Hot Chiefs Tailgate Experience Sweepstakes. It’s a one-of-a-kind tailgate experience where one lucky winner will get an exclusive meet-and-greet with a Kansas City Chiefs legend. Of course, this winner will also get tickets to the Chiefs game on October 25 and official team merchandise. Who wouldn’t love that?
There are a few ways you can enter– between now and the 28th, you can enter the Red Hot Chiefs Tailgate Experience sweepstakes by buying at least one Farmland product and texting “CHIEFS” to 811811 to receive a link to the entry website. Then, you can click the link and follow the directions to submit your entry with an upload of your original receipt. A winner is going to be randomly drawn on October 6, 2015, and you can enter once per day– so HURRY and get a lot of entries in! You can also find additional ways to enter, and see the official rules, by visiting the Farmland Bacon Club site’s sweepstakes rules page.
There are so many more great tailgating recipes, videos, and ideas, so don’t wait– join the Farmland Bacon Club for access to all of the awesome ideas, videos, recipes, and more– there’s even a video where they make bacon with a flame thrower (maybe DON’T try that one at home).
What are you looking forward to most this football season? What is your favorite tailgating recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Farmland.