Brandon Does: “Nolan Ryan Sausage” + a Gumbo Recipe

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February 20, 2018 1 Comments 42 Photos

You had me at BBQ...

When asked if I would like to help promote Nolan Ryan Beef in partnership with Kroger I gave a big “yeehaw” yes! Y’all know I love my meat sweats so I didn’t hesitate. Ha!

Kroger is partnering with Dallas Deli Merchandising who has teamed up with Nolan Ryan to host a series of in-store BBQ events! What better way to attract new customers than to entice them with the goods themselves! I attended the Prosper Kroger activation and witnessed far too many “oohs” and “awes” to keep track of. At the Nolan Ryan tent (located at the Kroger entrance) I visited with the team and bounteous number of new beef fans! I even entered for some stellar prizes and while I may not have won I still walked away knowing I have sing-handedly discovered the best beef.

*mic drop*

After the event I put my $2 off coupon to immediate use and brought home about 1 1/2 lbs of Nolan Ryan Sausage for a homemade recipe. Being that the weather was dreary, sleety and overall pretty sucky – we opted for gumbo! A true southern staple, our Nolan Ryan Gumbo recipe requires only an hour of your time – making it not only delish and affordable but also quick!

Checkout our Gumbo recipe below!

Homemade Gumbo w/ Nolan Ryan Sausage
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 1/2 lb Nolan Ryan sausage, sliced
  2. 1 cup vegetable oil
  3. 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  4. 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
  5. 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  6. 1 onion, diced
  7. 3 large celery stalks, diced
  8. 2 cups frozen okra
  9. 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  10. 1 14 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
  11. 1 1/2 tbsp creole seasoning
  12. 2 tsp dried thyme
  13. 2 tsp paprika
  14. 1 tsp salt
  15. 2 tsp pepper
  16. 6 cups of chicken stock
  17. 3 bay leaves
  1. White rice, brown rice or quinoa. Scallions for garnish.
  1. 1) Heat oil in large stock pot. Whisk in flour until combined. Continue to cook stirring constantly until the roux reaches a dark brown color; roughly twenty minutes. (Careful not to burn or you will have to start over.)
  2. 2) When dark brown stir in bell peppers, celery, onion, garlic and okra until combined. Cook and stir every fifteen seconds for about ten minutes.
  3. 3) Stir in sausage, tomato and all seasonings until combined. Cook for an additional five minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. 4) Gradually stir in the stock and bay leaves.
  5. 5) Continue cooking until soup reaches boiling. Reduce heat to medium/low and let the gumbo simmer for ten minutes.
  6. 6) Serve over a bowl of hot rice or quinoa.
  1. Garnish with sliced scallions and a few dashes of Tabasco.
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Nolan Ryan Beef Products:

  • Nolan Ryan Sliced Smoked Brisket
  • Nolan Ryan Chopped Brisket
  • Nolan Ryan Smoked Sausage
  • Nolan Ryan Smoked Brisket Sausage
  • Nolan Ryan BBQ Sauce
  • Pulled Pork
  • FFM BBQ Ribs (Kroger)
  • Baked Potato stuffed with chopped brisket, pulled pork or sausage
  • Chopped Brisket Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Sides – Black-eyed Peas, Collard Greens, Boston Baked Beans, Seasonal Vegetables, Sweet Potato Wedges


Find out where to purchase Nolan Ryan Beef in your area here!


Stay hungry BBQ-ing, Dallas.



Brandon Baker

Brandon Baker

Brandon is a Dallas born-and-raised, tech-loving, obsessive foodie. His blog is dedicated to all the fun and affordable food the Dallas metroplex has to offer.

1 Comment

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    Katie-Rose Watson

    February 20, 2018

    Yum! Sounds delicious, Brandon. xo