Easy Buffalo Meatballs
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Think you’re too busy to host a party? Get the gang together for a fun tailgate. Food, friends and a built-in activity make it one of the easier events for a crazy-busy mom to pull together. But remember to think through the details before game day so you don’t lose your cool…or your cowboy boots.
We were at a game when my recently potty-trained youngest looked at me in earnest distress and informed me we had to get to the porta-potty.
I knew the look and I knew how far away our destination was. #gametime.
I went into mommy-diversionary-tactic mode, naming the blurred colors we were passing and asking every inane question I could think of to get us there without incident.
I knew we were in trouble when we stepped inside that porta-potty. It was nasty, there was no toilet paper and my fastidious son declared he “didn’t have to.”
But he did and we were out of time. He refused the public toilet while we stood there looking at each other as his beloved cowboy boots filled up.
What was my take-away?
I tuck a roll of toilet paper in my bag whenever we go to a game. It’s also on my must-have list for tailgate party supplies.
I find a little pre-planning always helps.
MAKE IT HAPPEN #PARTYONMOM
Pre-planning party details is always important but especially when your event isn’t at home—you can’t run in the other room for what you need. Things to consider:
- You don’t have to be a sports fan but if watching the game is important to your crowd, determine your guest list, get a headcount and order tickets early on so everyone can watch the game.
- Pre-make as much of the menu as possible. You don’t have to do it all. Ask guests to contribute their favorite side dish.
- Tailgating menus are simple. Grilled items, finger foods and sandwiches are typical. Anything you can make ahead or just heat up is great. We love easy recipes like Firecracker Meatballs.
- Theme your menu with the sport and include things like football-shaped cookies and decorated cupcakes. It’s a simple way to up the party vibe. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest.
- A pot of soup and mugs of cocoa or cider are super for cool weather events.
- Decorate, but just a little. Include things like team colors, a plush team mascot, a tub of foam footballs, pennant banners. Artificial turf makes a themed covering for the truck’s tailgate.
- For a large event, it can be tough to find your gang in the throng. Meet at a designated spot before caravanning to the sporting venue parking lot.
- Vehicle size matters because you need space for all the necessities. Trucks—with actual tailgates—SUVs or vans are the best. A motor home is a piece of heaven.
- Watch the weather forecast and plan appropriately.
- Plan a few games for the kids and adults. Cornhole, Beer Pong (you don’t have to drink to play it) and Ladder Toss are a few starter ideas. Everybody seems to like face painting and music can make the moment.
- Start the grill as soon as you arrive and get cooking.
- Get into conversations with other tailgaters and multiply the fun.
WHAT ELSE TO CONSIDER?
- Grill and needed tools
- Ice chest/cooler/thermal tray
- Plastic cups, disposable dishes, utensils
- Bottle opener
- Ice, water
- Condiments, salt and pepper
- Small bags for leftovers
- Bounty 12 Super Roll for all sorts of clean-ups
- Something to sit on
- Garbage bags for trash collection
- Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet paper
- Extra diapers (if your kids are still in that stage)
- Sun-block or blankets
As always, you can get everything you might need at Walmart. They carry trusted brands at everyday prices, like Proctor & Gamble’s Bounty and the all-important Charmin toilet paper.
Get the gang together for a fun tailgate. Food, friends…and you don’t even have to clean the house!
- 1/2 cup Buffalo-style hot sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 pounds ready-made meatballs, thawed
- Place the hot sauce, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar in a skillet on the grill.
- Whisk or stir while heating until a consistent sauce forms, about 3 minutes.
- Season with salt before adding the meatballs.
- Cook the meatballs thoroughly, about 5 minutes, coating completely in the sauce.
- Garnish with red pepper flakes and serve with skewers and plenty of Bounty Paper Towels.
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