Football, Food, and Family Fare

*This post was sponsored by Family Fare Supermarkets, but all opinions are my own. 

Fall is here, and in most parts of the country football is a HUGE pastime. At least, in our house it is. During the first college football weekend, I think Hubby watched every single match-up, just to scope out The Huskers' competition (Go Big Red!!).

Of course food goes so well with football - all the dips and munchies and sauces and everything you can eat with your hands while jumping up and screaming at the television.

I'm so lucky that Hubby loves to cook, and that he's an amazing cook! In July, we visited Family Fare for their grand opening of several stores in the Omaha area. You can read here about the great deals and yummy food we found. So of course, when Family Fare contacted me again, he jumped at the chance to go grocery shopping for something to make an amazing football feast.

And he didn't disappoint!

Hubby bought himself a smoker for Father's Day, and he loves to cook meat (and since I think everything in life relates to an episode of Friends, click here :) ). He was like a little kid in a candy store in the Family Fare meat department. Pork ribs were on sale, salmon was on sale - so many yummy choices. He finally decided on a bone-in pork butt so we could make sliders.

Along with it were all the other foods for a fun fork-free football festivity - chips, pre-cut fruits and veggies (thanks to Family Fare's great produce department and savings from our Yes card), and Hubby's favorite gluten-free beer. (Did you know Family Fare has a large selection of gluten-free products? Yeah, that made Hubby happy, too.)

Game Day Pulled Pork Sliders shopping list:

  • 5-10 pound bone-in pork shoulder or butt (same thing; just don't get a pork roast)
  • Fat Boy Premium All-Purpose Rub
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Slider buns
  • Barbecue sauce (Hubby likes Sweet Baby Ray's because it's gluten free)
  • Dill pickle hamburger slices
  • One white onion
  • Your favorite chips
  • cut up veggies and fruits
    Hubby hates when I make him eat veggies. 
All you do:
  1. Rub pork butt with a thin schmear (a word from our Long Island Days) of yellow mustard and then generously coat with seasoning. Wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight. 
  2. Set temperature of smoker to 225 degrees, remove butt from foil, smoke for 3 hours. 
  3. Since Hubby likes a juicy butt (his words, not mine), rewrap in foil, place in shallow pan, and cook in smoker for another 5-8 more hours (until internal temp is above 193 degrees). The smoking is done after step 2. Step 3 makes it juicy and tender so that it will fall apart nicely for sandwiches. 
  4. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SMOKER: You can use your grill with wood chips. Follow same steps. 
  5. When meet is done, remove from smoker and pull apart. Serve on slider buns and garnish with onions, pickles, and barbecue sauce. Don't forget the other finger foods!
  6. Cheer on your favorite team and have a blast!!
    Can you tell I wrote "Yum" on the bun?
    Neither could Hubby.

Check out your local Family Fare Supermarket for your next party or get-together. You don't even have to spend a fortune. Just check out their coupons page and START SAVING MONEY!

Family Fare has generously allowed me to give away one $25 gift card each to two lucky winners. To be in the running, comment below and tell me what your favorite game day food is. I'll pick the two lucky winners at random (US residents only) by Thursday, September 29th.

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