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Salty, Sweet…and a Little Heat

Amp up the deliciousness for your Big Game HOMEgating party with these recipes from champion BBQ expert Andy Groneman.

Create football-themed “pack and go” boxes for easy delivery to your online guests.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan 27, 2021) – The Big Game is coming up on Feb. 7 – and watching it from home has never been more delicious.

Though many football fans haven’t been able to cheer on their favorite teams in person this year, that doesn’t mean they can’t get creative and host a HOMEgating party from the comfort and safety of their living rooms.

Whether it’s a small family gathering or a Virtual Big Game Watch Party of fellow fans, providing snacks that are salty, sweet, and spicy is a must. It simply wouldn’t be football without them! These recipes from Westlake Ace Hardware and champion BBQ expert Andy Groneman are not only sure to please every palate, they can also be made ahead of time and assembled in football-themed “pack and go” boxes for easy delivery to your online guests.

  • Smoked Nuts strike the perfect balance of salt, sweet, and smoke. Flavored with Meat Church seasoning, honey and soy sauce, this snack is as delicious as it is addictive.
  • Pig Candy takes bacon to a whole new level. Sweet, savory, and a bit spicy, Pig Candy is sure to put smiles on faces – regardless of the score!
  • Grilled Salsa is a fun take on a fan favorite. Grilling the tomatoes adds a sweet smokiness to the salsa.

Most stores in the Westlake Ace Hardware family feature a Backyard BBQ department that sells such leading grill brands as Weber, Traeger, and Big Green Egg – as well as an extensive selection of sauces and rubs. Knowledgeable store associates, whose focus is to help select the best grill model to suit the customer’s style of cooking and lifestyle, are always available.

For all BBQ grill purchases of $399 or more, Ace Rewards Members can take advantage of free assembly and delivery of their grills.

About Westlake Ace Hardware

Headquartered in the Kansas City area, 115-year-old Westlake Ace Hardware has been the helpful neighborhood hardware store countless generations have shopped at for power and hand tools, fasteners, paint, plumbing, lawn care, pet, electrical supplies, and BBQ grills and accessories. It has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012.

Westlake currently owns and operates 145 stores in 12 states:

  • California (Ace Hardware of Chico, Fresno, La Crescenta, Mountain View, Pinole, South Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Turlock, Van Nuys, West LA, and Woodland)
  • Illinois (Buikema’s Ace Hardware)
  • Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico (Westlake Ace Hardware)
  • North Carolina (Ace Hardware of Raleigh, Outer Banks Ace Hardware)
  • Washington (Dennis Company Ace, North Bend)


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Tom Mentzer
Mentzer PR Group (for Westlake Ace Hardware)
(913) 626-9066

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