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When it comes to the college football season, you need big tastes to go with the big game. Easy foods that you can eat and watch at the same time are also essential. I mean, who wants to bother with knives and forks and everything fancy when you have a team to cheer on? Food you can fit on a bun packed with flavor wins the day, even if it’s a consolation prize. And that’s what you get with our Smoked Sausage Reubens made with Eckrich Smoked Sausage, sauerkraut, and Dr Pepper.
Found in the packaged meat aisle, Eckrich Smoked Sausage is Naturally Hardwood Smoked and crafted with just the right blend of spices for a truly rich, savory taste. It’s a great base to build a game day meal around. Especially when combined with Dr Pepper.
The perfect complement to tailgating and homegating events during the college football season, Dr Pepper can easily be found in the soda aisle. As the one fans crave, it’s such a great way to quench your thirst while cheering on your team. Beyond the glass, however, we also included a 7.5 oz can in the sauerkraut of our Smoked Sausage Reubens.
Now, because we want to spend our time cheering on our team with friends and not stuck in the kitchen, these Smoked Sausage Reubens are completely easy and simple for guests to serve themselves.
Start by placing 14 oz of sauerkraut in a pan with 1 7.5 oz can of Dr Pepper. Cook on medium-high until hot then turn down to let the Dr Pepper evaporate and soak in.
Cut links of Eckrich Smoked Sausage in half, so you get 4 out of each package. Then, cut down the length so they butterfly open. Place on an outside grill or indoor grill pan preheated with 1 teaspoon oil.
Place one sausage on a sturdy sausage bun, cut side up. Top with Dr Pepper flavored sauerkraut.
And finally, drizzle with Thousand Island dressing.
It’s not just about food, though. It’s also easy to spruce up the table for game day with a few quick ideas. Green plates and dark red or brown cups are really all you need for a great tailgating spread. But don’t forget the napkins, too.
Take your own game into overtime with a pack of white sticker paper. Cut strips to easily decorate the cups like footballs, one long down the center and then three across.
First down to touchdown!
And with that, there’s no doubt who’s going to win MVP this year! There’s no competing with our Smoked Sausage Reubens with Eckrich Smoked Sausage and Dr Pepper. But there are still teams to cheer on. So who are you rooting for?
- 2 pkgs Eckrich Smoked Sausage Links (10 or 14 oz.)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 14 oz can sauerkraut
- 1 7.5 oz can Dr Pepper
- Thousand Island
- sausage buns
- Start by emptying a can or jar of sauerkraut in a pan. Pour in Dr Pepper and let simmer until reduced.
- In a preheated pan on medium, add 1 tsp olive oil.
- Cut sausage links in half width-wise, then cut down the length to butterfly open. Place open side down on the grill. Cook until brown. Flip and continue cooking other side until brown, as well.
- Place sausages in buns. Top with sauerkraut.
- Drizzle with Thousand Island dressing.