Did you know…
that there are over 1,000 NCAA college football teams who each play 12 games a season? That 12,000 college football games each season and that’s not even mentioning the bowl games. Pair that whopping number with the 256 NFL games played each season and you know why you can hardly blink without a tailgate party or a fantasy football league get together coming to a stadium or living room near you.
While I do have a favorite college football team, I won’t mention it here because our in state rivalry in Oregon is fierce and this time of year feelings run high! Whether you are a Beaver or a Duck, a Wildcat or a Trojan or any other team supporter you had better dust off your tailgate and get ready for the great American sports cooking season.
There is no doubt that when you talk recipes for watching football you cannot have a gathering without some of the classic standbys. That’s right, I am talking about salsa and pulled pork sliders. Here are two revamped recipes for these favorites that use the sweet/tart taste of Oregon blackberries to bring a fresh new flavor and zing to your next sports gathering.
Our Blackberry Salsa recipe has just the right balance of spicy and fresh. Blackberries give this dish great color and flavor. Paired the blackberry salsa with a bowl of tortilla chips or fresh veggies , believe me, it won’t last long.
I absolutely love pulled pork sandwiches and Cuban Pulled Pork with Marionberry Mojito Sauce is one of the best I have ever tasted. The Marionberry Mojito Sauce just rockets this recipe into the end zone. Laced with white rum, the fresh taste of lime and the fantastic flavor of Marionberries, this sauce is not only great on pulled pork but also perfect for grilled salmon, chicken or even brats!
These are the perfect recipes for using fresh frozen Oregon blackberries. You can find 1 or 2-pound bags in the freezer section of your grocer or big box store. Be sure to check the label to make sure you are purchasing berries grown in the USA for the best taste and berries you know have been grown by farmers who care for the safety of their berries as much as you do.