Tailgating Foods to Heat You Up
Spark up the briquettes, crack open the bags of ice, and roll out the elaborate spread of exotic dips. The College Football Bowls are about to start and you’re going to need some tailgating foods that will make your tailgate the hot spot for the big game. From the Capitol One Bowl to the BCS National Championship game, here are some ideas to get the blood pumping of the rowdy fans.
Stand By Classic "Heat"! There are many great recipes for spicy tailgating foods such as the chili & chicken wings recommended below many with spectacular regional flairs that will incite a riot in your mouth! We won't try to give you any specific recipes here, just a few suggestions.
Chili - Beef, turkey, chicken, venison or a combination of meats! Pick your favorite and cook up a pot ahead of time then all you have to do is heat it up and serve.
Chicken Wings - drenched in your favorite sauce and grilled. We really like a "fusion" blend of a traditional vinegar sauce with a lot of honey. The wings develope a crispy, spicy coating that causes addiction!
If you’re tailgating it up for the Tiger fight of LSU and Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl then you might want to cook up a pot of Gumbo or Jambalaya. We won't even begin to tell someone how to make Gumbo, there are just too many recipes! We do know that plenty of cayenne pepper makes it just the right temperature to heat up the excitement and see your Tigers sink their teeth in to their opposing cubs.
Grill the Huskers & Dogs
Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Georgia Bulldogs have easy grilling to do at the Capitol One Bowl. Try some Cajun Corn on the Cob by adding chili powder and garlic to the normal butter spread. And for the meat lovers lay out bun size franks, brats, and Little Smokeys on the grill then lather on some spicy barbecue sauce for a good kick. How about grilling those dogs on a portable grill with your team logo showing with pride?
Peppercorn Steak Sliders
When the climax of the Bowl season culminates at the BCS National Championship game in Florida, you may want to use these tips to make your tailgate the hit of the party. The main objective here is to bring you’re “A-game” for the biggest game of the season. That’s why you need to raise the steaks! Burger size steaks battered in peppercorns and A1 steak sauce to make the best Peppercorn Steak Sliders you’ll ever regret giving out to your friends.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
But to make you the MVP, add something out of the ordinary to the mix. Spicy Shrimp’n Bacon Kabobs will do the trick; just marinade the shrimp (cooked and peeled) in a curry powder, cayenne, lemon juice, and sugar mixture then wrap in pre-cooked bacon as you stick them on a kabob and grill for a few minutes. Make sure you have enough seating for the hungry crowd with your team picnic tables or chairs. And good grilling for all you savvy tailgate masters.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Well, that’s about it unless you can think of any other new, cool tailgating gear for me! To make it easy on you I know you and your elves can get everything I
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Alabama/Notre Dame Tailgating Gear
What makes this year different . . . this is only the third major bowl for Notre Dame and the world is going to be watching these two clash it out.
Sunshine State Dual
Gameday Party Gear
Show your Crimson Tide pride by picking up some party decorations and party packs, have fun with a few side games during half time in the sunny Florida weather, and enjoy a great bar-b-que with some cool Alabama grilling supplies. For you Fighting Irish fans, show your gold and blue colors to the world.
You need to have your car decorations, tailgater chairs, or wear your colors with a Fighting Irish blanket as the sun goes down. It is time to get out there, have fun, watch one of the best games in NCAA football with your friends and foes alike, and show your pride. The Tide, or the Fighting Irish, whichever your team, be ready to have the best tailgate party of the New Year.
Gearing Up For The Game!
If you’re fortunate enough to attend several games a year – maybe you’re a season ticket holder – you know what a great bonding time it is for fans of the game and of a particular team. And certainly one of the best times to chat and laugh with other friends is during the pre-game tailgate party.
If you’ve hosted one or attended one, you understand the camaraderie of such an event and there’s no doubt that you can’t wait until the season starts and you have a chance to tailgate once again!
Pre-Plan Your Party. Have More Fun!
A fun, festive tailgate party with great food is what your after. Doing that while relaxing and having fun is what its all aboout! Having a sucessful tailgate party involves pre-planning. You need to have your menu planned. Buy ahead, marinate, pre-cook some things if your menu allows. Pull out the grill make sure it is ready to go.
Start making a list.
Look for sturdy portable tables and chairs in your team colors or better yet with your team logo on it! Camp chairs and directors-style folding chairs are good options too and many include trays and cup holders for game day refreshments. Also look for unique roll-up travel tables – usually made of fir wood – that are portable but provide plenty of surface space for goodies. Look for folding picnic tables too, some with umbrellas.
Show your Team Colors
While planning for your tailgating party, remember to purchase some items that display your penchant for your favorite team. For example, hoist a flagpole and fly the team flag.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
Battle the cold with hot cups of coffee (tea or hot chocolate) from your portable coffee sets and totes (like ones with Lifetime Warranties from Picnic-Basket.com) and munch on delicious Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread Cookies.
If you're a chocolate fiend like me, the Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies will make your head spin and your heart melt. They make normal chocolate chip cookies taste like cardboard, and a single batch makes 90 cookies!
You can make over 100 cookies with a single batch of Ultimate Monster Cookies. These tailgating cookie recipes make for the perfect snack and dessert that can be shared with fellow tailgaters in the spirit of the holidays!
All tailgaters are searching for recipes that are easy to make, can feed a lot of people, and are simple to transport in a portable tailgating cooler, or tailgating team tote. Well, here are the 3 best tailgating cookie recipes ever. They'll be gobbled up at any event you attend, and will make your tailgating parties a little easier to prepare for.
You can also find more holiday cookie recipes by clicking here.
Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread Cookie Recipe
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flower
- Pinch of salt (recommend: sea salt)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
- Beat butter and brown sugar until combined. Beat in vanilla and ground cinnamon.
- Add flour and salt. Stir until dough begins to form a ball.
- Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch circles or 3x1 inch rectangles. If desired, prick with a fork. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
(Recipe Courtesy of Woman's Day Magazine - Issued Winter 2009)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup packed brown sugar (recommend: light brown sugar)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg (recommend: hormone free or brown egg)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt (recommend: sea salt)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 cup quick or old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1 12-ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, oil and sugars.
- Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
- Stir together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Beat into butter mixture.
- Stir in oats, coconut, rice cereal and chocolate chips.
- Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop 1-inch balls of dough about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. (Cookies will spread)
- Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes or until no imprint is left when lightly touched with a finger. (Cookies do not get brown on top).
Ultimate Monster Cookie Recipe
(Recipe Courtesy of Woman's Day Magazine - Issued Winter 2009)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (recommend: light brown sugar)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 6 eggs (recommend: hormone free or brown eggs)
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
- 9 cups uncooked quick oats
- 1 12-ounce package chocolate chips
- 1 9.4-ounce package candy-coated chocolate pieces
- 4 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
- In a large bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and corn syrup. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets, or non-stick baking pan, and flatten slightly
- Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Do NOT overbake.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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We headed north to spend Thanksgiving Day with both sides of my boyfriend's family and awoke early Black Friday to over an inch of powdery white snow.
The first snow of the season!
There were several rounds of snowball fights, and multiple snow tackles, before we were ready to call it quits. With a long 5+ hour drive ahead of us, we needed the chance to run around and play in the snow. After scraping snow off of the truck, we put up our UT (me) and UK (him) tailgating car flags and started off our drive to Knoxville for the Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats game on Saturday, November 27, 2010.
Ole Rocky Top, Tennessee
After hustling half a dozen cab company's to find the best price, we discovered Craig, the owner of Friday's Taxi Service who gave us the best cab deals in Knoxville, all weekend long.
We hit up "The Strip" in downtown Knoxville on Friday night, and got to meet a sea of Cats and Vols along the streets, restaurants and bars getting pumped up for the early morning game. It was great to see fans of both sides intermingling, having fun and treating everyone with respect. Didn't see any rivalry fights break out all weekend. Truly admirable trait that runs deep amongst many colleges.
Interestingly enough, a UT student informed me that home games against the University of Florida Gators are the ultimate fiasco; with the energy levels through the roof compared to most games. I'll bet it's a rivalry worthy of witnessing firsthand. Of course, it felt like a UF Gator game with the ocean of UT orange and KY blue swirling around throughout Knoxville all weekend.
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Cold weather didn't stop University of Tennessee Basketball players from tailgating! Pretty cozy in there, just lounging around on tailgating chairs, watching the game underneath 3 Tailgating Tents.
The massive line of tailgating tents on top of Parking Garage 10 belonged to "Under the T Tailgate" - one of Food City's 'Tailgater of the Game'.
Tennessee and Kentucky fans alike shared tailgating recipes, drinks, and talk while tailgating on the opposite side of the scoreboard, waiting for the Vols fireworks to signal another score.
Outdoor Tailgating Games were set up across parking lots.
Tailgaters at ole Rocky Top were in high spirits as the Vols whipped the Wildcats for the 26th year in a row. The win also means the Vols are now Bowl eligible!
Tailgaters from all walks of life have stories, ideas, jokes, and traditions all their own; and the Vols and Wildcats were no different. Everyone we met was charming, hospitable, friendly and full of either Orange or Blue team spirit. It was truly an honor and a pleasure meeting all of the UT and UK tailgaters and fans out celebrating the last game of the college football season.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
|Miami Dolphins - "The Deep End"|
South Florida is home to suntans, Gators, the Everglades, South Beach, The Keys and hardcore "Phins" fans. Miami Dolphins fans are a bred all their own. Loyalty for this NFL teams runs deeper than the waters off the Florida coast, and their tailgating rituals are as steady and diverse as the ever-changing tides.
Miami "Dolphin Phinatics"
Andrew has been a Dolphins fan all his life. This past year, he met up with a group of "Dolphin Phinatics" (thanks to facebook.com) who are partying it up and representing their team at every home game.
|Real "Phinatic" Tailgaters|
|Party in the Parking Lot|
|"The Deep End" is built right over the end-zone tunnel|
|"The Deep End"|
|How do tailgaters get beads?|
|Miami Dolphin Tailgaters|
"Next home game, my whole face will be painted and I'm going to have on an orange wig with my helmet." - Andrew
Andrew is one lucky tailgater. He tailgates every home game. He represents a United Tailgater Nation. The legendary Dolphin Phinatics are tailgaters at their finest!
Thank you for sharing your tailgating pictures and story with TailgaterZone.com and the rest of the tailgating nation, Andrew! Photo credits go to Cynthia Rubio.
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