Outside the Kitchen: A Sledding Soiree


With its mellow hills perfect for an afternoon sledding session, R Park provides an idyllic spot for a sledding soiree. And who better to come up with a menu that will please hungry kids and adults alike than the Blue Collar Restaurant Group? The restaurateurs behind Sidewinders, Liberty Burger, Bubba’s and more came up with a concept for a burger bar and mac and cheese station that was a hit for attendees of all ages. Find the necessary recipes to recreate the outing, below:

BBQ Sauce


  • 1 quart ketchup
  • 1 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whiskey


  • Combine all ingredients in sauce pot and bring to boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Store in a refrigerator.
burger bar pesto recipe

Spruce up your burgers with tasty sauces, like this pesto.



  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 5 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 2/3 cups grated Parmesan
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in a blender.
  • Slowly add olive oil and emulsify.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
outside the kitchen

Bring hot chocolate for the kids and adult beverages for the 21+ crowd.

Mac and Cheese


  • Elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 5 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 1 cups jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1 cups cheddar cheese, freshly shredded


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour until you have a lump-free paste.
  • Slowly add in heavy cream and milk, whisking constantly.
  • Simmer until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Add cheeses, stirring until melted.
  • Toss pasta in sauce and serve immediately.

mac and cheese


About Author

Raised in the land of casseroles and deep fried cheese curds, Sam Simma left rural Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming in summer 2012. Her appetite for adventure is the only thing that rivals her passion for food. She has always used writing to document and critique her travel and dining experiences. Her warmest memories among family and friends have been associated with the food that was at the center of the occasion. From staging cooking shows with siblings to perfecting turtle brownies with her dad, today Sam enjoys connecting people over food by hosting cookie decorating parties, wine pairing nights, and Midwest-inspired potlucks. A dessert fanatic, she has come to impress friends and family with key lime pies, Oreo bon bons, and Snickers ice cream cakes that are far simpler than they could ever imagine. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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