Ultimate Baked Beans Featuring: Four Brothers Bacon


It’s almost football season, which means back to school, cooler weather, shorter days, and of course tailgating get-togethers. Be the host (or guest) with the most this fall with this wonderful baked beans recipe. This side dish takes a fun spin on a traditional in-the-can baked beans recipe, but it is almost just as simple!

To begin, I purchased one 12 oz. pack of Four Brothers smoked bacon along with my other http://cobornsblog.com/2015/08/30/ultimate-baked-beans-featuring-four-brothers-bacon/subheadercoborns-2/ingredients. I cooked and prepared the bacon to my liking and prepped all of my other ingredients by measuring out the correct amounts. Once my sauces were measured and my onions were chopped I emptied the 2 cans of Bush’s Baked Beans into the slow cooker and then added in the ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce and brown sugar.

Next I chopped up the bacon into pieces. Instead of chopping the bacon pieces up with a knife, I opted to use a heavy-duty kitchen scissors. I found this to be easier because the grease from the bacon can make cutting bacon a little tricky and it was also a quicker option. Once the bacon is added, simply stir the ingredients thoroughly together in the slow cooker and heat on high for about 30 minutes or until cooked throughout. You can then reduce the heat to low or warm.

This dish is great and is made so simple because it can be prepared in a slow cooker with very little maintenance. I personally love anything that has been prepared in a slow cooker, and it’s even easier way to haul this side dish to a tailgating party and to keep it warm prior to it being served. However, this dish can also be prepared by cooking it in the oven in a large oven safe dish. Simply bake it in a 400°F oven for 30 minutes, or until warmed throughout.

Kids and adults alike will love this recipe- who could resist barbecue sauce and bacon? And now you have a fun and tasty alternative to an age-old side dish.

I hope you were fond of this fun recipe and that your transition from summer to fall is a smooth one! Enjoy!


Ultimate Baked Beans Featuring: Four Brothers Bacon
  • 12 Oz. Package Four Brothers Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • ½ Cup Mustard
  • 2 – 28 Oz. Cans Baked Beans
  • 1 Small Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Barbeque Sauce
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir.
  2. Cook in slow cooker on high for about 30 minutes or until cooked throughout.
  3. Reduce heat to low or warm, while serving.
Alternate cooking method:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine all ingredients in a large oven safe dish and stir.
Bake in 400°F oven for 30 minutes or until cooked throughout.


Tailgating Tips and Recipes

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We all have some kind of hidden talent.  When asked to do a blog on tailgating recipes, I jumped for joy and did a little happy dance!  My forte is appetizers.  I love making them, I love serving them to my family and friends, and I definitely love to eat them.  In fact, every few months I don’t make dinner,  I announce to my family that it is “appetizer night” and they love it.  What makes it even better is when you add a theme to the night like “tailgating”.

Since we can’t go to the game, we can plan a tailgating party right in our own backyard.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I set up in the family room, kitchen or even the game room or garage.  So, let’s get started.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food, because I don’t want to miss a minute of the game.  I have a few recipes that are easy & can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.  Let’s start off with a simple recipe for a Bloody Mary.  Next is the appetizer, soup as the main entrée and a quick sweet treat.

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary
Serves: 2
  • 1½ Cups Clamato Juice, chilled
  • 2 T. Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Celery Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. Hot Pepper Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Vodka, optional
  • 2 Celery Ribs
  • 2 Pepperoini Snack Sticks
  • 2 Dill Pickle Spears
  • 2 Pitted Ripe Olives
  • Lime Wedges
  1. In a small pitcher, combine the first six ingredients.
  2. Stir in vodka if desired.
  3. Pour into two glasses filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with celery, snack sticks, pickles, olives and lime wedge.
  5. I have also garnished with cocktail shrimp and asparagus.

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Brat Nachos

Brat Nachos
Serves: 12
  • 16 Oz. Fully Cooked Smoked Bratwurst, sliced
  • ½ Cup Onions, sliced
  • 1 Small Red Pepper, sliced
  • 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2½ tsp. Flour
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • ¾ Cup Beer
  • Tortilla Chips
  1. Sauté bratwurst for one minute in a large skillet.
  2. Add onions, peppers and garlic clove.
  3. Cook 4-5 minutes longer until vegetables are tender.
  4. Set aside and keep warm.
  5. In a large bowl, combine cheese and flour.
  6. In a large saucepan, add beer and cook over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  8. Add a handful of cheese mixture, and stir constantly.
  9. Continue adding cheese, one handful at a time allowing cheese to almost completely melt between additions.
  10. Arrange tortilla chips on a large serving platter.
  11. Spoon cheese mixture over chips and then top with bratwurst mixture.
  12. Serve immediately.

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Chili with Cheese

Chili with Cheese
Serves: 12
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3 10 Oz. Cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
  • 28 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 4 oz. Cans Chopped Green Chilies
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • 4 Oz. Velveeta Process Cheese
  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and garlic until the internal temperature of meat reaches at least 160 degrees.
  2. Drain.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, chilies and pepper.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat.
  6. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Stir in cheese until melted. (You can add more cheese if you like it cheesier.) Serve immediately.

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M & M Snack Bars

M & M Snack Bars
Serves: 36
  • 2½ Cups Pretzel Sticks, broke in half
  • 2 Cups Corn Chex
  • 1½ Cups M & M’s
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 5 Cups Miniature Marshmallows
  1. In a large bowl, combine pretzels, cereal and M & M ‘s.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and peanut butter.
  3. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour over pretzel mixture.
  5. Stir to coat.
  6. Press into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  7. Cool until firm, cut into squares and serve.

Here are a couple extra hints to make your next tailgating party a success with your guests.

  • Keep the menu simple and the recipes quick and easy.
  • When planning the menu choose food that is easy to eat while standing.
  • Choose food that can be made ahead of time.
  • Don’t forget those special decorations like, your favorite team colors for plates, napkins and tablecloths, football dishware, balloons, etc.

Last but not least…..GO VIKINGS!! And enjoy….I did!

Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Asian Glazed Drumsticks

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I know traditionally when you are sitting at home watching the Vikings or your favorite football team everyone usually serves chicken wings. Well I decided to change it up a little last Sunday and serve these chicken drumsticks during the game instead. Wow, what a great response I received from my family. They loved them and between the flavor of orange juice and soy sauce they were a hit. Enjoy….we all did!!!

-Jayne, Coborn’s Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Asian Glazed Drumsticks
Serves: 4
  • 2 Lbs. Chicken Drumsticks (8)
  • ½ Cup Orange Juice
  • ½ Cup Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
  • 2 T. Soy Sauce
  1. Heat large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until evenly browned, turning occasionally.
  3. Drain.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Bring to boil; cover.
  6. Simmer on medium heat 10-12 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F.
Suggested Wine Pairing: Cline Viognier


Football Party Recipes

Hosting a party? Try these super simple dips that are sure to please.

Famous Queso DipCoborn's Blog: Famous Queso Dip Recipe

1 Lb.    Velveeta®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 Can (10 oz.)     RoTel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained

Mix ingredients in 2-qt. microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 5 min. or until Velveeta is completely melted, stirring after 3 min. Serve with assorted cut-up fresh vegetables, Wheat Thins Original Snack or tortilla chips.

Buffalo Chicken DipCoborn's Blog: Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

4    Chicken Breasts, cooked
16 oz.    Ranch Dressing
8 oz.    Cream Cheese
8 oz.    Shredded
Cheddar Cheese
To Taste    Frank’s Buffalo Sauce

Shred chicken; mix with buffalo sauce. Place mixture in shallow glass baking dish. Mix cream cheese and ranch dressing; spread on top of chicken mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Heat in oven until warm & cheese is melted.

Serve with chips, crackers or assorted raw vegetables.

Coborn's Blog: Bloody Mary RecipeBloody Mary

1 1/4 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
4 1/2 oz. Daily’s Original Bloody Mary Mix

Pour ingredients into iced cocktail glass.
Salt rim with celery salt if desired.
Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, celery stalk and straw.

Coborn's Blog: Famous Queso Dip
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Tailgating recipe

Gone are my season ticket holder days for my beloved Wisconsin Badgers, (I live in Minnesota now!) but fond are the memories of Saturdays when we’d pack up the car with all our Red-n-White finery and head out to the big game.

The parking lot was always a high point – meeting up with friends, old and new, to celebrate yet another gorgeous fall day tailgating.  I love to entertain, and tailgates are no exception.  Typically we would indulge in standard fare the likes of brats and burgers, but when the broadcasting interfered with our afternoon plans and forced an early start, we had to get more creative.

Those were my favorite mornings, when the campus was barely awake and frost was in the air.  We warmed things up with bloody Mary’s, piping mugs of coffee, pastries, and egg bake.  Eggs are perfect for tailgating because you can bake at home and they stay warm a long time.  It’s also easy to eat even if you forget the forks! (but you might wanna skip the guacamole then…)

Southwestern Egg Bake
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