With football season in full swing, and big games, bowl games, playoffs and more just around the corner, you’re sure to have your share of backyard barbecues and tailgates to attend.

Whether you’re the host with the most or you’re on the hunt for a quick and easy recipe for your next potluck, these six game day recipes from the AQUILA eats cookbook are sure to please.

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Below you’ll find appetizers, finger foods and a cocktail perfect for your next watch party, including:


1. Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites

jalapeno poppers recipe

Perfect to bring to a watch party or to toss on the grill at your next tailgate.

From the kitchen of Suzanne Fordering


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 jalapeños, halved + seeded
  • 24 bacon slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine cream cheese and spices in small bowl.
  3. Spoon mixture into each pepper half, until level.
  4. Wrap each in bacon, and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.

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2. BBQ Chicken Sliders

Barbecue Chicken Sliders

These are perfect for feeding a big crowd. Very little prep time and yields plenty.
Shown here topped with your favorite coleslaw!

From the kitchen of Zarla Zamarripa


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls


  1. Season chicken breast lightly with salt; place in crockpot.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour over chicken, cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours.
  4. Shred cooked chicken with fork. After shredding, put back in crockpot, and let cook in sauce for about 10 – 15 more minutes to absorb flavor.
  5. Serve on Hawaiian rolls.

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3. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

A different take on the classic wing flavors. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!

From the kitchen of Jay Lamy


  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup + ½ cup Louisiana style hot sauce, divided
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken
  • Bleu cheese or ranch dressing, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, 1/3 cup hot sauce, celery and egg white.
  3. Add chicken. Mix lightly but thoroughly.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls (should make about 24).
  5. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Toss meatballs with remaining hot sauce.
  7. Drizzle with salad dressing just before serving (optional).

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4. Game Time Sausage Balls

Sausage Ball Recipe

Serve these warm and you are sure to be the hit of any super bowl party!

From the kitchen of Lauren Little


  • 3 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • 1 lb. Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • ½ tsp. parsley flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  3. Mix together all ingredients, using hands or spoon, in a large bowl.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  5. Place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from pan.
  8. Serve warm.

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5. Kaylee’s Black Bean Salsa

Kaylee's Black Bean Salsa

A refreshing, lighter option that will still please a crowd.

From the kitchen of Kaylee Aune


  • 1 can black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded + diced
  • 1 large avocado
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Salt + pepper, to taste


  1. Combined all ingredients.
  2. Let sit for 30 minutes to absorb flavor.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips or on top of a salad.

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6. Texas Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Recipe

What pairs well with all of these delicious game day foods? Well, beer. Or if you’re feeling fancy, this Texas-style Bloody Mary is the perfect way to get your juices flowing.

From the kitchen of Angela McGrady


  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Seasoned salt or celery salt, optional
  • Ice
  • 1 fresh jalapeño slice
  • 2 spicy pickled green beans
  • 1 bacon slice, cooked + skewered
  • 1½ – 2 oz. Tito’s vodka
  • 6 oz. of your favorite Bloody Mary mix
  • 1 splash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp. olive juice or pickle juice
  • 1 green olive


  1. To season the rim, run a lime slice around the rim of your glass. Cover flat surface with seasoned salt or celery salt. Dip rim of glass in salt.
  2. Fill the glass ¾ full with ice.
  3. Add in the jalapeño slice, green beans and bacon skewer.
  4. Pour in the vodka and the Bloody Mary mix.
  5. Squeeze juice from 1 lime slice, add the Tabasco, the olive or pickle juice, and stir.
  6. Top with the olive and lime slice.
  7. Stir with a skewer or drink stirrer.
  8. Kick back and enjoy.

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Hopefully, you’ve found a delicious recipe to share with your friends and family while you cheer on the Horns (or whoever happens to be your team of choice). Found something you want to save for later? Be sure to bookmark or pin to your Pinterest so you can come back another day.

All of our recipes are straight from the kitchen of our employees, so be sure to let us know what you think when you taste them! We love sharing our kitchen with yours.

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Lauren Little served as AQUILA's Director of Marketing and helped shape and lead AQUILA's marketing efforts from 2013 to 2021.

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