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Get ready for the College Football Championship by homegating with these one of a kind appetizers called Dr Pepper Barbecue Meatball Crescents.
“Honey, guess what? There’s only 257 college football games on TV this week!” You counted them? “Yes. I went through the TV guide and counted them.” How many do you plan to watch? “All of them if I could, but we don’t have enough TVs. I think we need to buy some more TVs and have a wall of TVs. But I think I can still manage to watch about six of them with our measly one TV.” You poor deprived hubby having to suffer with only one TV to watch football. “I know it’s terrible, isn’t it?” That’s a typical conversation between Mr. Flavor Mosaic and me during football season. I exaggerate only slightly.
To say Mr. Flavor Mosaic is a college football fan is a HUGE understatement. He not only follows and watches his alma mater but watches all the other college football games that he can. Then he gets on the phone with his brothers-in-law in Florida and Texas and talks to them about the games. He knows all the teams, the players, the stats, the rules….you name it.
If I were ever on that show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Mr. Flavor Mosaic would be my lifeline for any college football trivia questions. His dream career was to be a sports announcer, and he would have been a fantastic one too. I’m not sure why he didn’t follow it. Now his dream is to visit every college football stadium across the country and watch (or probably actually announce) one game at each stadium.
Have you seen Dr Pepper’s new hilarious TV ads this year with Larry the Concessions Guy? Yep. That’s Mr. Flavor Mosaic. Well, not literally, but it might as well be. He is so excited that this is the first year that there will be a College Championship game. If I would have known they were casting for that commercial, I would have sent Mr. Flavor Mosaic to go audition because he would have been perfect for it!
With all the excitement about the upcoming College Football Championship game, I had to come up with a one of a kind football appetizer, Dr Pepper Barbecue Meatball Crescents. These delicious meatballs are combined with cheese and Dr Pepper barbecue sauce and wrapped in a crescent, making them look like little footballs. (OK. kind of like pregnant footballs, but still footballs.)
They are so flavorful and yummy, yet easy to prepare using frozen meatballs, refrigerated crescent dough and a homemade barbecue sauce made with Dr Pepper. I also made sure I had some Diet Dr Pepper on hand since that is my favorite soda. My local store, Kroger, carried the Diet Dr Pepper Limited Edition College Championship cans.
What are you making for the College Football Championship game?
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- Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce:
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup Dr Pepper
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 24 Frozen Cooked Meatballs thawed
- 3 packages refrigerated crescent dough
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the Dr Pepper Barbecue sauce.
- Thaw the frozen meatballs per the package directions. Place in a bowl.
- Pour half the barbecue sauce over the meatballs and stir to ensure all the meatballs are covered with the sauce.
- Roll out the crescent dough breaking along perforated lines.
- In each crescent triangle, add a teaspoon of shredded cheese near the widest part of the triangle. Top with a meatball. Add a teaspoon of additional sauce, if needed.
- Tuck the sides of the dough in around the meatball, and roll the meatball and dough toward the narrowest part of the triangle.
- Place the meatball crescents on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.