Fall is in full swing and so is football season. That means it’s time to break out the portable grill, football jerseys and face paint. Tailgating is an essential part of the game day experience. It gives you the chance to socialize and enjoy a meal with other fans before you cheer on your favorite team.
One of the most important parts of tailgating is the food. A tailgating party won’t last very long without tasty food and drink. Here are five of the best tailgating recipes to please any crowd. You’ll score lots of points on game day by sharing these tailgating recipes with your fellow football fans.
5.) Bloody Mary
Like many fans, you might get to your spot and set up your tailgate as early as 7 AM on game day. However, beer is not right for everyone early in the morning. A Bloody Mary is the obvious choice for tailgating. It is an excellent drink for earlier games and is easy to make in large batches.
This recipe from Country Living comes from Mark Levy, the executive chef at the Point Resort in New York. It is refreshing thanks to fresh lemon and tomatoes. Just puree the tomatoes in a blender or food processor until they are liquefied. Then, you discard the pulp, strain the mixture and stir in the remaining ingredients. It is then ready to drink. Simply, garnish with celery and serve.
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4.) Mexican-Style Grilled Corn or Elotes
Tailgates tend to be very focused on meat. However, no meal is complete without vegetables. Corn on the cob is a great tailgating food because it is easy to eat with your hands. This Mexican-style grilled corn recipe is bursting with flavor and complements chili and other food typically found at a tailgate.
Mexican-style elotes is easy to make, especially for a crowd. Just brush your grill with oil and cook the corn for about 10 minutes. After the elote is lightly charred, coat each ear with mayonnaise. Bring along lime, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper for garnish. You can put the ingredients in this serving bar and let each guest top their corn how they like. Your guests will need something to hold the cob with while they eat the corn. These interlocking corn holders from Amazon are great for tailgating because they are portable and fit together for compact storage.
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3.) Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
Barbecue pulled chicken is a classic for game day. This slow-cooker recipe is excellent for large parties. The shredded chicken is juicy and flavorful thanks to the long cooking time. Serve the chicken on sesame seed buns with baked beans and coleslaw. Cook the chicken in this 6-quart programmable slow cooker by Crock-Pot. It’s great for tailgating and easy to carry to your site. It comes with an insulated carrying bag and disposable Crock-Pot liners. These accessories make it a breeze to transport the slow cooker to the game and clean up afterward.
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2.) Turkey Chili
Chili is a tailgating must-have, but if you’re watching your waistline, traditional chili may not be a great option. Turkey chili, however, makes a great healthy and tasty alternative. This recipe is very healthy and packed with flavor, too. The beans offer lots of hunger-satisfying fiber, and you’ll save fat and calories by going with ground turkey. It is also very is easy to make. Just brown ground turkey in a nonstick stockpot, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Then, just throw in the rest of the ingredients and cook for 30 minutes.
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1.) Beer-Braised Brats
Beer brats are the ultimate tailgating food. In fact, no tailgating party is complete without them. These delicious beer-braised brats are a wonderful choice for a tailgate. The cranberry-pickle relish adds extra tang and color. And because the alcohol burns off in the grilling process, these bratwursts are perfect for everyone in the family.
To make the them, fire up a portable grill and cook each brat for about 20 minutes. After they are done cooking, use this handy marinade sauce pot to soak the brats in the onion and herb mixture. The sauce pot is spill-proof and bug-proof, which is perfect for a tailgate. Check out Midwest Living for the full recipe.
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