It’s tailgating season and as we’re Chicago Bears fans I thought I’d do a Chicago tailgating recipe for Slow Cooker Mondays and came up with Slow Cooker Chicago Style Brats. As Mariano’s had also asked me to check out their tailgating items and create something, I figured this was perfect timing. For other Chicago Tailgating Recipes I’m thinking I should bog the Pizza Dip recipe I made for the first Bears game this year 🙂
Slow Cooker Chicago Style Brats Recipe
Chicago stye hot dogs are famous for not including ketchup but instead using a variety of fresh veggies said to make it look like it’s been “pulled through the garden.” As we’re not hot dog fans and I wanted a slow cooker recipe, I figured why not Chicago-Style Brats? Get ready for your tailgating party with this Chicago recipe for Slow Cooker Chicago Style Brats!
Dinner at Mariano’s
If you’ve not yet checked out a Mariano’s grocery store and you live locally, I HIGHLY recommend making a night of it! We headed there for dinner one night with the kids as they’ve got a food court and it’s not expensive. While the boys all chowed down on wood grilled pizza, I chose their $6 meals. You get one entree and two sides for just $6 or you can pick a more expensive entree and two sides for $10. I ended up with this amazing looking plate of food for just $6: salmon, mojito quinoa and an Asian style kale salad that was to die for!
While in search of ingredients for our brats, I spotted a lot of tailgating supplies that would help make your tailgating party like $12 ribs already cooked and prepared, cookies and cupcakes in orange and blue (or other teams!) and lots of appetizer ideas.
The Chicago style brats are slow cooked in beer all day long and I decided that it’d be good to have a local craft beer for that. #MyMariano’s has tons of Illinois and Midwest Craft Beers but we settled on one called Two Brothers Brewing that is…yup…two brothers….based out of Warrenville, IL.
For organic produce and locally grown produce Mariano’s is a great place to go. We saw lots of signs that showed us that the produce was local and where they’d bought it. Lots of their locally grown stuff was also the items that were on sale which meant I didn’t have to compromise.
Mariano’s Rewards Card
If you don’t have a free Mariano’s Reward card, you need to sign up and it’s fast, free and easy! You’ll need it for double couponing and savings. Plus it gives you access to their cooking videos and recipes. If you forget it simply type your telephone number in and it finds you based on the number you signed up with.
Connect with Mariano’s.
Mariano’s stores are popping up all over Chicago and they’re offering lots of great deals. To check their sales and find great new recipes, you should follow them on Facebook where they constantly post new things. If you tweet head to Twitter and follow them there so that you’ll know when they’re doing Twitter parties where you can win prizes! Finally, for recipes, the sales ad and more find them here: Mariano’s website.
To see the whole experience of shopping at Mariano’s, check out my whole Google+ story on Mariano’s.
Flash Mob at Mariano’s
If you think you’ve seen it all at the grocery store, check out this video of a recent Mariano’s Opera Flash Mob, what a stitch!