Monday, September 10, 2012


If you were stranded on a desert island with only one protein source, what would you choose? It's a debate we take up often in the Southern Living Test Kitchen. Smoked brisket aside, it generally plays out like this: Fried Chicken vs would be a tough call and one I'm glad we don't have to make for reals.

Be the MVP and make these bad to the bone good eats that will allow you to devour the Arkansas Razorbacks mascot himself. Literally.

Bacon-Grits Fritters
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1. Bacon-Grits Fritters
2. The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich
3. Bacon-Onion Dip
4. Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

5. Sausage Poppers
Makes: 24 poppers

12 large fresh jalapeƱo peppers
1½ cups all-purpose baking mix
½ (1-lb.) package ground pork sausage
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 oz. cream cheese, softened

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Pat dry with paper towels.
2. Stir together all-purpose baking mix and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended.
3. Stuff peppers with sausage mixture. Place peppers on a lightly greased wire rack in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. 4. Bake at 400° for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly heated. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe courtesy of Southern Living.

Sauage Poppers and Mini Corn Dogs
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6. Mini Corn Dogs
Makes: 16 servings

2 (8-oz.) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (14-oz.) package cocktail-size smoked sausages
¼ cup plain yellow cornmeal
32 (4-inch) wooden skewers

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Unroll crescent rolls, and separate into triangles. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise. Place 1 sausage on narrow end of dough triangle, and roll up, pressing dough around ends of sausage to enclose completely. Repeat procedure with remaining dough triangles and sausages.
2. Lightly roll each enclosed sausage in cornmeal. Place sausages 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.
3. Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Insert a wooden skewer into one end of each wrapped sausage, and serve with spicy ketchup.
Recipe courtesy of Southern Living.

7. Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers
8. Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Potato Skins
9. Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding with Bacon

Arkansas: The Truly Amazing Maple-Bacon
Team Cupcake
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10. Arkansas: The Truly Amazing Maple-Bacon Team Cupcake

Look for these delicious recipes at,, and in Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook. By all means, go hog wild!

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