"Football is one of the greatest sports of all time," says Guy Fieri, Food Network star-slash-gridiron-diehard and dad of two (Hunter, 16, and Ryder, 6). Not to mention a superb excuse for a party. If Guy were hosting a bash at home, his cheese-topped sliders would be on the menu.

By Jonna Gallo Weppler

1/4 cup canola oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 large green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground beef

1 jar Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce*

24 slider buns

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Add canola oil, onions and peppers to a heated, heavy-bottomed sauté pan. Cook until onions are translucent. Add ground pork and beef, breaking up in pan with wooden spoon. Sauté until meat is just cooked. Drain excess oil. Add Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce. Stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. To assemble sliders, spoon meat onto buns, then add a generous sprinkle of cheese. (Filling can be made ahead, then kept warm in a slow cooker until needed.)

*$15/2, foodnetwork.com

Alternative: No Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce? Doctor up any brand you like with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of dark molasses, and a pinch of light-brown sugar.

Originally published in the February 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.