Monday, November 7, 2011

The Bulldawg, a tailgate, and a giveaway


It seems to be all about football, NASCAR, full contact curling, or whatever sporting event is currently in season right? That is a misconception.

We don't really CARE about whatever team is about to take the field/track/court/ice rink. What we really CARE about is spending time and sharing food with family and friends. I think that's really what "game day" is all about.

So when Bush's Beans offered to sponsor a tailgate event, instead of choosing a professional or college sporting event, I chose one of Trevor's football games. Just three seasons ago he was this little boy (#38 in the picture)...

Now he is in his first year at middle school, plays for the Bearden Bulldogs league (#50 in the picture) and hopes to play for Bearden High School in 3 years.

Weather is a key factor in tailgating and our first two attempts were rained out. Fortunately, the third time was the charm and we had a perfect Autumn fall afternoon.

We had issues with space onsite so we tailgated nearby the park. There was plenty of room and the boys threw the football while Alexis and I set up everything.   I say "boys" but they are all college age now.   Three of them have been best friends since we moved to Knoxville 11 years ago.

We cooked everything except the hot dogs at home and then transported it in covered steam pans. All we had to cook on site was the hot dogs and then warm up the Bush's Baked Beans on a small grill.  I like it easy like that.

Since Bearden's teams are the Bulldogs, one of the menu items was "The Bulldawg".  The Bulldawg is an all beef hotdog topped with cheese, chili and onions and we served it with Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans which have a tangier sauce, special cured bacon, and a hint of brown sugar.  The thing about most hot dog chili sauces is that most are "too saucy" for me and end up soaking the bun.  Bulldawg sauce is a little "less saucy".   It is still moist and tangy, just not oozing with sauce.

Bulldawgs with Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans

The Bulldawg

  • 8 all beef hotdogs
  • 8 hotdog buns
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

For the Bulldawg sauce
  • 1.25 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chipotle hot sauce

  1. Preheat a wide pan over medium high heat.  It's important to use the wide pan so the meat is not crowded when you brown it.
  2. Brown the ground beef, breaking it up into fine pieces with a spatula while it cooks (about 10 minutes).  Remove and drain.  
  3. In the same pan, saute the onion and pepper until the onion is softened and translucent (about 5 minutes). 
  4. Return the cooked beef to the pan with the onion mix.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes or until sauce is reduced and thickened.
  5. Preheat your grill over medium heat and grill the hot dogs for 5 minutes, rotating frequently.
  6. Serve hot dogs topped with cheese, then chili, and onion.
  • If you like "saucier" chili, just increase the water to 3/4 cup.  But don't keep asking me for napkins (ha ha)!
  • Make ahead and then just warm up on the grill.
Hot dogs taste SOOO much better on the grill than boiled or microwaved.

For hot dog chili, the fine size of the meat makes it easier to spoon into a bun.

I found plates, plasticware, cups and napkins in Bearden colors at the party store.
Bush Beans Tailgating Package Giveaway
Bush Beans is giving away this tailgate package to one of my lucky readers.  As you can see from the pictures above, I received a similar package and have enjoyed using it.  The "stereo cooler" rocks, literally.  You connect your MP3 player or phone (not included) to the powered speaker system and you can listen to tunes or play the radio pre-game show if your MP3 player has a receiver.

The package includes
  • Two Bush Beans folding chairs with carry bags
  • Bush Beans cooler with powered speaker system (for MP3 player, not included).
  • Enough Bush's Baked Beans for 20 guests.
  • Twin burger press
  • Hot dog grill tray and handle
How To Enter
Each person can receive up to a total of 3 entries as follows:
  1. leave a comment below telling me your favorite tailgating dish and which Bush's Baked Beans flavor you would make to accompany it.  The flavors include Original, Homestyle, Maple Cured Bacon, Boston, Country Style, Honey, Onion, Vegetarian, and Bold & Spicy.  (NOTE: If you use the "anonymous comment" option, be sure to leave an email or your screen name in the comment so I can contact you if you are the winner. Something like "EggerinFL from the Egg Forum" or "swibirun from the BBQ Brethren forum" is enough.)
  2. Mention the giveaway with a link in Twitter and use the hashtag #BushBeansGameday
  3. Mention this giveaway and link to it in a post on your blog.  (Include your URL in a comment so I'll know you did it.)
The Rules
  1. Giveaway entry period begins Monday, 12:01pm November 7, 2011 and ends November 14, 2011 11:59pm. Winner will be announced November 15, 2011.
  2. Comments will be numbered by order received and will generate a random number for the winner.
  3. Limited to residents of the continental US unless you wish to pay the extra shipping charges.
  4. I am the final judge regarding any discrepancies, interpretations, grievances, etc about this drawing.
  5. Bush Beans is sponsoring the prize. They are not responsible for the drawing or the giveaway.
  6. Winner must respond and claim the prize within one week of the winning announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize during the specified time, a reserve winner will be drawn from the original entries.
  7. Employees, Board Members, pets, indentured servants, and family of Nibble Me This are not eligible to enter.
This post and giveaway are sponsored in partnership with Bush Beans.  [Standard Disclaimer]


  1. My favorite tailgating meal is also hot dogs and I use the same three toppings as you. Your sauce looks perfect and the recipe sounds delicious. For a side dish, I would make the ranch beans I posted about on Nov 1, which call for Bush’s Original Baked Beans.

  2. Sounds like an awesome tailgate party, Chris. I like seeing all the pictures. What an awesome thing it must be to have friends like that for your kids!

  3. i like frankfurters, with Bold & Spicy beans

  4. Gotta have some good barbecued chicken to get my game on with a side of slaw and only Bush's Original beans. Now I'm off to go tweet!

  5. baked beans are my favorite
    I like bushs brown sugar beans

  6. I've ALWAYS maintained that tailgating is about the food and not the football. Which is the excuse i make for never having any idea what team is mind is too full of food ideas! I can definitely see the appeal in this bulldawg one likes a soggy bun!

  7. Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with grilled pineapple. Country style beans or Honey!

  8. My favorite tailgating food is beer-braised italian sausage with onions and green peppers on grilled brat buns and the Bush's Bold & Spicy would be my choice of beans to serve on game day!

  9. Definitely hot dogs with a side of maple cured bacon baked means. yum yum!

  10. Hands down it has to be Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with grilled saurkraut. And pair it with a can of bold and spicy Bush's and you've got yourself a piece of heaven.

  11. Probably some thin sliced tri-tip sandwiches with a side of bold and spicy!!
    Thanks and those dogs look awesome!

  12. I mentioned the give away on my blog -

  13. lol... full contact curling!! I'd watch that! hehe

    Fantastic food (as always) - how is it you can make a hotdog even look elegant and amazing?? :) Great giveaway prize too.. thanks to you and Bush's. My favorite tailgating dish are wings!! And I'd serve them with honey or bold and spicy beans!! YUM!

  14. What's that green, lettucey-looking stuff on the side of the plate?

  15. Gotta have the Maple Cured Bacon flavor with some ribs and some broccoli salad.

  16. We like to make hamburger sliders and have Bourbon and brown sugar Bush's beans with them! YUM!

  17. Standard beer-boiled and then grilled Brats with Bush's Onion beans!

  18. I love metts and wings, though I don't do much tailgating. Thanks for the chance to win this fun package :) And I'd use (and have eaten many times) the Onion or MapleCured Bacon baked beans.

  19. My new favorite tailgate dish is bacon wrapped tater tots. You were my inspiration. I would serve these with the Original Homesyle beans if I won this fun giveway.

  20. Brats boiled in beer onions direct grilled for a nice bite! And with some home style beans.

  21. i would pair the ribs with Honey beans.

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com


  23. I can picture it now, me and the mister, sitting on those beautiful blue chairs, eating Bush's Original Homestyle Beans, listening to some tunes from a we even know what an MP3 Player is or how to use our FAMILY ROOM watching the big that's what I call tailgating! Sign me up! I'm headed out right now to buy one of those hot dog thingys you used - can't believe I don't have one! Nan

  24. I LOVE the food p[art of the Tailgate system. I used to be a chef, so I always get relegated to the grill while everyone else parties!! It's cool though, at least In know the food will be good. I like to keep up on the scores, pre-game and highlights while I'm cooking however, so I got the "Tailgater". I work for DISH now, and this is a mini-satellite dish that I can bring to the game!! It is lightweight, easy to install (to my 211k receiver), and automatically adjusts to different satellites as I change channels!! Perfect for those of us who have to cook, but like to watch the games at the same time!!

  25. My favorite is my husbands hamburgers with onions and peppers mixed in the meat and some good ole Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce!! But, it's GOT to be Lea & Perrins!! Is their any other?!?! Along side it would be the Country Style beans!!

  26. I love to make hot dogs and use Bush's regular beans, I ramp it up with a cold beer I let go flat, some grainy mustard and onions I have sliced thin and grilled, would love to win the giveaway, I read you blog a lot, love the recipes and your thoughts of your family which to me seem very close and loving..happy turkey day early..just saying from mary jane s. at

  27. I meant to say Original Bush's beans for the Bush's beans flavor, we always ramp it up a bit with different things, onions sauteed, grainey mustard, sometimes worcheshire sauce and hot sauve, yummmy...luv the blog, luv the giveaway and enjoy your turkey day coming up fast..just saying mary jane s. from

  28. We love the vegetarian beans and they are a staple in my house. My husband doesn't eat meat and doesn't like beans, buy absolutely love the vegetarian beans from Bush.:)

  29. Hot wings and Bush's Country style beans. Good stuff.

  30. The best tailgate meal ... burgers,and wings!!the sidses Bush oruginal, with stuffed jalapenos!
    Rafter R

  31. My boyfriends jalepeno sliders are one of my favorite tailgate foods. I would pair them with the honey beans for a little play on sweet and spicy. I linked in my blog here:

  32. We like smoked wings, with apple and cherry wood. Then we make "Ken's Apple Baked Beans" with Bush's regular and honey! Always a hit. Had them this past weekend for a huge tailgate party for the LSU vs Bama game. Not too happy with the end results but the food was good!


  33. Richard Fl, BGE ForumNovember 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and Little Smokies, wrapped in bacon on the BGE with BBQ wings, slaw and Bush's Original Beans with some cherries or apple pie mix for some sweetness. Lots cold adult beverage.

  34. Wings, grilled, deep fried, smoked any way you can get'em done. Hot, Cajun, or BBQ. I've found some nice recipes over at the BBQBrethren!-Fingerlickin'

  35. My favorite tailgating dish would be potato salad served with Bush's Maple Cured Bacon...served with more bacon of course! Alas, they don't tailgate at most NHL hockey games...though I have been known to tailgate at a 49ers game in my hockey jersey flying my San Jose Sharks flag :)

  36. Barbecued chicken wings with Bush's vegetarian beans.

  37. Grilled hot dogs are always a hit served with a side of Bush's Homestyle Baked Beans!

    Kim in MD

  38. What a great night to finally have access to the internet! I love Trevor's endeavors at sports, but you're right, it really is about the 3 F's - family, friends and food! We love tailgating. I'd be doing bunless burgers topped with caramelized red onions and then smothered in Bush' maple cured bacon beans!

  39. I'll take two of those bulldog dawgs please. Actually my favorite tailgait food is Hot Dogs. Love em topped with ChowChow. I really like Bush's Maple cured bacon beans. Ok, now I'm officially hungry. :)

  40. I've have tweeted the giveaway.

  41. I've mentioned this giveaway in my latest blog post.

  42. Kenneth Fleming Jr having trouble commenting on the field.
    Thursday at 5:28pm · Like

  43. I have a middle school football player as well and grew up in Knoxville so I know Bearden has a fierce football program. Middle School games are all heart! I bet they nailed that tailgate!! Tweeted your giveaway and thanks for your comments. I'll link your post

  44. Great photos Chris! The bulldawg sauce has me drooling. Bookmarked.

  45. I love Brautwursts with homestyle baked beans!

    melissamcnicol {AT} yahoo {dot}com

  46. Favorite tailgate food - cheese burgers! Also like to make grape salad b/c my children love that & request it. Would serve the Maple Cured Bacon Beans with that - YUM! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    mnbell93 (at) yahoo (dot)com

  47. My favorite tailgating Dish is Sausage and Peppers and I would make Maple Cured Bacon Bush's Beans to accompany it.


  48. tweeted!/kellysaver/status/136119632858853376


  49. I love chips & salsa...or bean dip for chips :). I think my favorite Bush's beans are the original.

    judywhatilivefor at gmail dot com

  50. Tweeted here:!/judywhatilive4/status/136136364239486976
    judywhatilivefor at gmail dot com

  51. I like hot dogs and Maple cured bacon Bush beans!

  52. I tweeted here-!/NancysBlessings/statuses/136153769699323905

  53. I'm a simple gal, I like hot dogs and give me any flavor of baked beans! If they are Bush's brand you know they are gonna be good!

  54. We love ALL Bush's Beans - they're the best! I love to bring Jambalaya to tailgate parties - chock full of shrimp, chicken, and sausage, it's a real crowd pleaser.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.



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