Hi friends!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  This past weekend we hosted some of Tom’s football coaches over the house for a little Football, Beer, and BBQ.  Tom did all the smoking of a pork shoulder and chicken thighs and I handled the sides and dessert.  I failed miserably at taking enough pictures.  This always seems to happen anytime I host.  But wanted to share with you all the recipes for everything I made to give you some inspiration in case you have any upcoming Fall party events.

For appetizers I set out a charcuterie board of course, along with nuts, pretzels, crackers, and we had a variety of snack food.

Charcuterie Board

I made these Soft Pretzels Bites and the kickin’ cheese sauce, perfect for a football party right!

Then by Tom’s request we also had Pizza Logs, a childhood favorite of his.

I honestly don’t know what Tom used on the pork and chicken.  He makes his own rub and reads online how to smoke them.  I’m definitely not taking over the smoker anytime soon, if ever.  I’ll leave that part to him.

For sides I made this Creamy Mac and Cheese and my favorite hot Bacon Potato Salad recipe.  I sub green beans in replace of asparagus, but the bacon in the salad steals the show.  Totally failed on pictures of either of these, you’ll just have to try to make them for yourself 😉

For dessert we had Fudgy Brownies and my Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies.  The best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Soft, chewy, and made with a secret ingredient.

Besides a shake in the morning after a run I ate all of the above the rest of the day.  After indulging in so many of our favorite foods I’ve been trying to get back on track this week.  It’s been lots of veggies, lean protein, and sweet potatoes the past few days.  But weekends are for treating yourself right!

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What’s one dish you always bring to a gathering?

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Mac and Cheese or Potato Salad?

 

24 Comments on Football, Beer, and BBQ Party Eats for What I Ate Wednesday

  1. Faith VanderMolen
    October 18, 2017 at 11:42 am (1 month ago)

    Ah I love sports gatherings…always so much good food! Those pizza rolls look amazing and props to making homemade pretzel bites. Yum!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm (1 month ago)

      Both are such a yummy football appetizer!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm (1 month ago)

      Thanks Evangeline, I love cooking for others!

      Reply
  2. amanda @amanda-isms
    October 18, 2017 at 11:49 am (1 month ago)

    Mac n’ cheese!!!! But I want to try those pretzel bites!! They look so good! I like to bring mini sandwiches or veggies!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm (1 month ago)

      Mini sandwiches is such a good idea for any gathering! And LOVE pretzel bites, we’ve made them stuffed with cheese before too, so good!

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  3. Patrick@looneyforfood.com
    October 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm (1 month ago)

    Spinach artichoke dip! All your food looks amazing and now I want to make pretzels asap

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm (1 month ago)

      That dip is always a classic for any gathering and tastes so much better homemade.

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  4. Carrie this fit chick
    October 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm (1 month ago)

    I know it’s boring but I always bring crudités — its so easy and its fun to munch on for everyone! I really like those pretzel bites!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm (1 month ago)

      That’s such a good idea to bring as then you have something healthy to much on!

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  5. Samantha
    October 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm (1 month ago)

    Mac & Cheese is definitely one of my favorites in the fall & winter time! But it looks like you had a nice spread for the weekend, I want to try your cookie recipe!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm (1 month ago)

      Yes mac and cheese is always a BBQ must have side dish. And I have been making those chocolate chip cookies for years, everyone always LOVES them.

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  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    October 18, 2017 at 8:21 pm (1 month ago)

    I love soft pretzels!!! This all looks amazing. I would have to go Mac and cheese over potato salad.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm (1 month ago)

      I like warm dishes so I like mac and cheese and only potato salad if it’s warm. Not a fan of the cold stuff.

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  7. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    October 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm (1 month ago)

    That cheese board looks so delicious. All I would need is a glass of wine to go with that. Yum!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 19, 2017 at 11:19 am (4 weeks ago)

      Exactly! That’s what I’ll be having again this weekend. Best combo!

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  8. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 19, 2017 at 12:22 am (1 month ago)

    I love making homemade pretzels! I’m a fan of mini pretzels but these bites sound perfect for a party too. And your desserts look on point as usual! 🙂

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 19, 2017 at 11:19 am (4 weeks ago)

      Soft pretzels are SO good, they’re one of my favorite game day appetizers. And thanks, making desserts is always my fav 🙂

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  9. Bethany
    October 19, 2017 at 6:11 am (1 month ago)

    Football comes on Sunday mornings here because of the time difference. It is so weird

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 19, 2017 at 11:20 am (4 weeks ago)

      OMG that is so weird! You need to do brunch and football!

      Reply
  10. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    October 19, 2017 at 11:58 am (4 weeks ago)

    You always have the best week end eats. SO cool that Tom does all of his own spices/rubs, total perk!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Aw thanks Sarah. I literally LIVE for all the yummy eats on teh weekend. And yea he used to buy rubs and I’m like honey, we have ALL the spices you need to make your own. So he’s been doing that ever since.

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  11. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    October 21, 2017 at 1:27 am (4 weeks ago)

    I’ve wanted to make homemade pretzels for SO long! It intimidates me for whatever reason.

    That all looks amazing! I’d have been all over the brownies!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      October 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm (4 weeks ago)

      It’s very similar to any dough making process! You can totally do it 🙂

      Reply

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