I think everyone is ready for the Big Game!  Denver Broncos Vs Seattle Seahawks.

In my previous post, I chose recipes appropriate for the colleges the 2 quarterbacks attended.

Peyton Manning and the University of Tennessee.

Peyton Manning at University of Tennessee


Russell Wilson and North Carolina State University

Same number as Peyton Manning

Russell Wilson at NC State University


Russell Wilson and the University of Wisconsin.

Same colors and numbers at both schools.

Russell Wilson at University of Wisconsin


Denver Broncos Tailgating means barbecuing (as in most places).  In Denver it is all about Beef Brisket.

 Since it is winter time and cold in most places I have chosen the slow cooker method for preparing the meat.  You won’t have to bundle up to cook the meat outdoors.

 BBQ Beef Brisket-courtesy of Anna Devening from my “Tailgating Through The South” series

3-5 pound beef brisket

1/2 cup Worcestershire

1 can beer

1/2 cup soy sauce

Garlic to taste

Cook 6-8 hours on low in a slow cooker.  Remove fat from brisket and shred into small pieces.  Serve on your favorite buns.  Top with Kansas City Style BBQ sauce  OR…

In honor of Peyton Manning’s  Tennessee college days I include a BBQ Sauce from the Knoxville Junior League’s “Dining In The Smoky Mountain Mist” cookbook.   The recipe is from an old friend of mine.


1 (14-ounce) bottle catsup

1/2 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce

1/4 cup prepared mustard

1/2 tablespoon dry mustard

1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon pepper

3/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup steak sauce

2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

dash of Tabasco sauce

1/2 can of  beer

Combine all ingredients and chill.  Store in refrigerator.

Makes about 6 cups.

“Dining In The Smoky Mountain Mist”  is an “oldie but goodie.  Their Grilled Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites.  

Other Beef Brisket ideas…

Brisket Burgers from Famous Dave’s BBQ in Denver.

Ground beef patties blended with BBQ beef brisket.

Best burger in Denver ground beef patty blended with Beef Brisket photo

 For the Seattle Seahawks, I chose a cold weather, Great Northern Bean Soup.

White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup is a winner for cold game days.

White Bean, Sausage, & Kale Soup photo by Kathy Miller


 2 pounds dried white beans, rinsed and drained as per package

2 sweet onions, chopped

1 bag small carrots, chopped

olive oil

garlic, minced

2 1/2 quarts chicken broth

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon smoked chipotle red pepper (ground)

1 can diced tomatoes

1 pound package kielbasa sausage sliced and sauteed

Fresh kale, chopped

Saute onions and carrots in olive oil.   Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, then simmer at least 1 hour.  Add kale for last 5 minutes of cooking.

 So good on cold days!

Apples are indigenous to Washington State.  James created this recipe using Granny Smith apples, but you can choose the ones you prefer.


 Created by James Miller

Spring mix lettuces

Dried cranberries


Granny Smith apples, sliced

Parmesan cheese, grated

Toss with your favor vinaigrette

 I love a Blood Orange Olive Oil with Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar from The Ancient Olive Store in St. Augustine!

Spring Mix Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, & Granny Smith  Apples photo by Kathy Miller

Go Broncos and Peyton Manning!

Did you see the cute dog with the Rose and Black Bow Tie on the right side bar?  Scroll up to check him out.  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I have the perfect gift for your SEC football fan, male or female!

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.  I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.




  • Janet Kolar says:

    You are a genius in what you are doing. These recipes sound just delicious.
    Loved all of the pictures. I know you are having a ball doing this.

  • sec1fan says:

    Thank you Janet. I am having a ball, combing my love of football with cooking and fun recipes. Will have to have another testing party!

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