Let your slow cooker handle the food on game day so you won’t miss a minute of the action on the field. Consider these top picks your football party MVPs.
These finger-lickin’ ribs get a brief bake before they go in the crock pot to cook off a lot of the fat. Winning Play: “After cooking in the crockpot I put the ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet and covered the ribs in more BBQ sauce before putting them in a 425° oven for 6-7 minutes on each side, making sure to cover each side with BBQ sauce so it would have that nice glaze.” — Meganruss
With 3000+ reviews, this all-time classic football party dip deserves hall-of-fame status. Winning Play: Use blue cheese dressing instead of ranch to make it authentic, and shred up some chicken breasts instead of using canned chicken.
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Its true, no one can resist these saucy balls. Winning Play: For easier prep, bake the meatballs at 350° F for about 30 minutes, or go with frozen meatballs for a seriously low-prep appetizer.
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Four ingredients is all it takes to make this 5-star recipe. Winning Play: Use a boneless pork shoulder instead of pork tenderloin. It’s much cheaper and has tons of flavor. A scoop of coleslaw over the top helps balance out the richness of the sauce.
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Set out hot tortillas and bowls of pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream, and you’ve got a DIY taco bar. Winning Play: Reviewer LucyDelRey suggests you spread out the pork on a rimmed baking sheet with some of the juice from the pot, and bake at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes to give the carnitas a crisp edge that usually comes from frying.
Tangy pickled pepperoncini peppers give this classic sandwich a real kick without being too hot to handle. Winning Play: Heap the sandwich with grilled onions and a slice of provolone cheese. Stick it under the broiler for a minute or two until it gets all melty.
Meaty, thick, and hearty. You can substitute any sausages you like to go with the smokey chipotle peppers, and some reviewers even doubled up on the peppers because that’s how they roll. Winning Play: Balance out the spice with sweet cornbread on the side.
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