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Sauce Like a Boss

Football playoffs are in full swing. If you are fortunate to still be in a city with home games you definitely need to up your tailgating game to new levels of playoff-worthiness grilled food. If you don’t have a home game to head to, you’ve still got a hungry crowd to feed at home each weekend as the games are high-stakes and mandatory viewing. I’m trying to keep things at my place as simple as possible so that I can enjoy the games and the good food with my friends without spending forever outside by the grill. I’m taking inspiration from a recent trip to grill for the masses in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

You see, in Wisconsin they take they’re tailgating seriously. A couple of years ago on a trip to Milwaukee, I decided to take in a Brewers game. I arrived 30 minutes ahead of the first-pitch and tried pulling into the massive parking lot surrounding the stadium. A uniformed attendant let me know that the lot had been full for three hours. Apparently Wisconsinites like to tailgate for EVERY Brewers home game. That’s 81 games, folks!

A whole lotta grillin’ goin’ on.

All the more so at football games in Green Bay…. People arrive early, and tailgate hard. Maybe it’s because of the extreme weather they get, or maybe because there are so many shift workers in the region who don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn the day after a game… But tailgating is at it’s finest in and around Green Bay’s Lambeau field. The moment you turn off of the highway and onto the famed Oneida street, the party is on.

Amateur grillers set up early and have tents and shelters to help protect against the elements. The grills are large, the meat is plenty, and the fans are loud and proud. To win the day and impress people with food really requires some imagination and creativity. I figured if I could do the prep work the day before then I could minimize the time I’d spend making food on game day and maximize the amount of time I could soak it all in and enjoy the day. There is no better food to share with friends over a football game than fajitas. They are delicious, easy to make, and with a little prep work so simple to grill up on game day. To do all of this without sacrificing on any taste I needed some assistance that came in the way of Stubb’s Anytime Sauces. I’ve been a long time fan of their line of BBQ sauces so was really excited when their marinades and ‘anytime’ sauces hit the shelves. Throwing the chicken breasts into a resealable bag with Texas Sriracha sauce and my beef with the Green Chile sauce was as easy as it gets. And getting all of the flavor into my food ahead of time really made grill-time a breeze once a reached the stadium parking lot. As you can see from the pictures the food was a smashing success and if you want to make a whole lot of friends just break out the Stubb’s BBQ sauce as a condiment to dress your fajitas with!

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Easy Tailgate Grilled Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

2 pounds beef steak
2 ponds boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 oz Stubb’s Green Chile Anytime Sauce
8 oz Stubb’s Texas Sriracha Anytime Sauce
2 tablespoon oil
2 medium bell peppers, cut into thin strips
2 medium onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
16 flour tortillas, (6-inch)
Toppings such as: lettuce, tomato, salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream (pareve works great too!)

Preparation:

  1. Place steak in resealable bag with Stubb’s Green Chile Anytime Sauce. In a separate bag place chicken with Stubb’s Texas Sriracha Anytime Sauce. Seal and refrigerate both bags overnight.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion with salt and pepper to taste. Cook and stir 15 minutes. Remove vegetable mixture from skillet. This step also works well the day before. Simply refrigerate and the mixture can be warmed up in a foil pan right on your grill!
  3. On game day place one side of your grill on low heat and warm up your foil pan of peppers and onions until heated through. Heat the other side of the grill on high.
  4. Remove steak and chicken from bags, wipe off any excess sauce and discard the marinade. Grill over direct high heat until desired doneness. Transfer meat to a cutting board and slice into strips.
  5. Spoon meat and vegetables onto warmed tortillas. Serve with assorted toppings and your favorite Stub’s BBQ sauce…. Make lots of friends!