The fall season is synonymous with football, especially here in the south. Whether you find yourself cheering on the Friday night frenzy, rooting for your alma mater on Saturdays or sticking close to the couch on Sunday nights, the fall season goes hand in hand with football fever.
My family loves football. In a small town like mine, Friday night football games up at the high school are a big deal. Maddie is a varsity cheerleader this year, so we are sure to be out at every game cheering alongside the girls. The game is also a chance to visit with friends and root for our team. It’s also a time to enjoy some tailgating favorites like Maple Apple Baked Beans and Coca Cola.
I’m excited to partner with Coca Cola to share some of my game day favorites with you.
Before a game, the cooler gets filled with Coca Cola mini cans.
The Coca Cola mini cans are perfect for some pregame refreshment. They are just the right size to fill your glass (or plastic cup).
And sure to always bring a smile.
Good times with good friends. That’s what Friday night before the game is all about.
And good food.
There’s nothing like a grilled burger, some homemade baked beans, and a Coca Cola on game day.
Remember those Maple Apple Baked Beans that I mentioned? I’m going to share the recipe with you. Sweet onions, tart Granny Smith apples, savory bacon and pure maple syrup makes this recipe stand out from your average baked beans. I’m telling ya… these beans are so good.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect bean recipe, look no further. You’ve found it.
Maple Apple Baked Beans
yields 10 cups ( 15 2/3 cup servings)
5 cans (15 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 very large Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 large sweet onion, chopped
8 slices thick bacon, cut into pieces and cooked
1 1/2 cups hickory barbecue sauce
1 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine beans, appple, onion, bacon, and stir well.
In a separate bowl, combine barbecue sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, dry mustard, salt, pepper and chili powder. Use a wire whisk to mix well. Pour the sauce over the bean mixture and stir to combine.
Pour into a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish or an oven proof Dutch oven coated with vegetable cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbly and heated throughout.
From family meals and activities, Coca-Cola can help celebrate moments that wouldn’t be as special without Coke. What are your tailgating favorites? Please leave a comment and let me know!
Want more tailgating inspiration? Be sure to join Coca Cola and chef Sunny Anderson from Food Network on October 3rd at 11AM EST for a tailgating Twitter party! Be sure to follow #TheKitchen hashtag, along with @FoodNetwork and @SunnyAnderson.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Coca-Cola. The opinions and text are all mine.
Maple Apple Baked Beans
- 5 cans 15 ounces each great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 very large Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped
- 1 large sweet onion chopped
- 8 slices thick bacon cut into pieces and cooked
- 1 1/2 cups hickory barbecue sauce
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine beans, appple, onion, bacon, and stir well.
- In a separate bowl, combine barbecue sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, dry mustard, salt, pepper and chili powder. Use a wire whisk to mix well. Pour the sauce over the bean mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour into a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish or an oven proof Dutch oven coated with vegetable cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbly and heated throughout.