This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
I was born in West Texas. The beginning of my life was filled with Mojo Magic, oil rigs, the hunt for an elusive jackalope and an intense amount of love for my family and pride in my state. One of my favorite songs was, “The Yellow Rose of Texas” because my Poppa would croon it to me in a silly voice with a silly face while listening to old country in his Dodge “pick ’emup”. We were just in the back-backyard but this was our version of weekend honky-tonkin’.
I was a baby Texan to the core and my Poppa would take me to the barber shop to show me off. He’d say things like, “you can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl” while he got his ears lowered and I read the funny pages.
Then one day our hearts were broken when my dad was transferred to Oklahoma. Over time I became an Okie and while I love Oklahoma with all of my heart, I kind of figured at some point in my life I would return to my first love, Texas. And as it just so happens, now I’m back and I’m totally realizing that Texas is a HUGE place, and I want to get to see and do it all. In fact, Mr. Rob and I have made a mission of travelling this great state and in the process Texas made me fall in love with her all over again.
You know how you can have such a vivid memory of something that, at the time, seems like it’s just a part of everyday life and not necessarily a very big deal? One of my very favorite memories happened on a visit back home to Texas to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins… I sat behind the steering wheel of a pick-up truck outside the HEB store in Odessa, TX with my Mimmie, my Mom and my nephews. After running around town for most of the day, the little guys in the back had gotten hungry.
We ran in and as I sucked down a sandia agua fresca (my fave), we walked across the incredibly hot pavement and my mom swung a bag filled with strawberries and a bottle of water to rinse them off with. Out in that parking lot we all ate sweet berries and then we realized there were no little green leaves or bitter white tops anywhere near my oldest nephew. As we watched we realized that he was eating the entire fruit from the sweet red tip to the green leafy top! “Ooowie!” my Mimmie exclaimed. “You don’t have to eat that part!” And he looked at us all and popped another whole strawberry in his mouth totally unconcerned. :)
Returning to Oklahoma after that trip my sister and I literally started researching if it was possible that our favorite grocery store might ever expand north of the border. Seriously. We totally did that. :) In the end I guess instead of an HEB moving to me, I moved back to an HEB. I’ve gotta tell you it feels kind of silly to like a grocery store so much but I do and so I go often and why wouldn’t I? They sell DRESSES (eek!) and neat things made out of tin and gorgeously colorful Texas inspired cast iron. During our weekly grocery (and maybe a dress or 2) haul we noticed that TexFest is in full swing at HEB.
We decided TexFest means that it is obviously high time to dust off my cowboy boots and Rob’s running shoes (such a Yankee!), bust out the bandanna tablecloth and get the sweet tea brewing. During our grocery trip, we picked up one of my favorite things for TexFest, so today we’ve got a treat for you… we’re going to take the crowd-pleasing State Fair® corn dogs and give these puppies some BOLD Texas taste and flair to celebrate Texas Independence Day.
As I was working on my grocery list I also happened to be on the phone with my dad. I informed him that I was working for a bold new taste and recipe for State Fair corn dogs for TexFest because corn dogs are always a totally Texan experience. He got quite excited and told me that he had just made State Fair corn dogs for dinner the night before! Truly! No joke! And when I told him that I had in mind an alternative way of cooking the corn dogs he informed me that knowing the brand well, and cooking these corn dogs often, in fact, just last night, he was quite aware that the packaging only suggests baking, frying or microwaving as means of preparation. But, as I often do, I paid that no mind and I busted out my smoker. Heck, yes, in full on Texas style and flavor we smoked these puppies!
It is SO EASY! Simply place your corn dogs inside of your smoker and get after it. We found that the best smoky flavor, without being overpowering, took 1 hour but experimentation wouldn’t hurt, as not all wood chips or smokers are the same.
What goes better with a smoky State Fair corn dog than some sweet heat? Nothing! Continuing in this spirit of totally Texas taste, I give you this Sweet Jalapeno Mustard Sauce recipe that can’t be beat! It’s super simple and super-fast, keeping this whole TexFest celebration meal quick, easy, and tasty!
Sweet Jalapeno Mustard Sauce
Jalapeno jelly is the key to a slightly spicy corn dog dipping sauce that is sweet without being overpowering.
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons jalapeno jelly
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- In a small saucepan combine all ingredients. Whisk well.
- Over medium high heat bring contents to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Pour a small amount of the sauce to a small bowl. Add cornstarch to the bowl and mix until well incorporated.
- Add to your saucepan while constantly whisking and keeping the sauce moving. Remove from heat once the sauce is properly thickened, or about 3-5 minutes. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Now I have to tell you that the resident taste tester up in here (a.k.a. Mr. Rob) was quite pleased with this sweet spicy sauce and has declared that it is the perfect complement to a smoked corn dog! Huzzah!
Now I’m wondering, what are you waiting for? It’s time to head on out to your local HEB to grab some made in Texas and totally Texas proud State Fair corn dogs. Smoke them, bake them, fry them or microwave them and you’ll have your families and guest’s taste buds rocked. And while I have you, be sure to grab this HEB coupon good from now through March 21, 2017 and save some dough on State Fair corn dogs! Because saving money is awesome. Huzzah, yet again!