It’s that time again to break out the plastic silverware, pack up the car and head out to support your favorite NFL team. However, cooking food for the tailgate party just does not seem like your cup of tea. Who could blame you? You got to cook enough food to feed an army, slave away on the grill or in the kitchen, and make sure that the food is good. That is a lot of work to be done. So, instead you want to sit in your recliner and just watch the game at home but your friends and family are wanting you to make your famous BBQ ribs. What to do becomes the question.
The answer is to keep the tailgate party food simple. The best tailgating foods are the simpliest to make. For instance; hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings are the favorites among many tailgaters. It is hard to grill these items up a wrong way and all you really have to prepare is the condiments that go along with them. That is perhaps one of the easiest tailgate foods there is.
If you prefer then you can make crock-pot meals. Crock pot meals are easy because you can prepare them and then let the crock-pot do the cooking for you. Many of the crock-pot recipes require at least 8-10 hours of slow cooking time. That is perfect because an occassional stir of the meal and you are finished. If you plan it just right the meal can be done right around the time of you heading out. Here are some crock-pot meals that are sure to win the crowds over.
Chili: canned beans, hamburger and a chili base is all that is needed for this classic tailgate food. Make some cornbread to go along with the chili and you have a hearty feast.
Pulled Beef: You can have pulled beef, pork, or chicken. All this requires is the meat and the BBQ sauce. Go to the store for some coleslaw and you have an instant crowd pleaser.
Nachos: You will need hamburger, velveeta cheese, some toppings (onions, black olives, green onions, jalepeanos, etc.). Don’t forget the chips. This meal is good by itself or with a hamburger or hot dog.
Another great tailgate party food is basically anything on a stick. For instance, corn dogs or kabobs are great choices. The person eating this kind of food does not have to worry about juggling the plate and trying to watch the game at the same time wondering if they are going to spill the food. Plus, cleanup is a breeze! All you need is some skewers that have been soaked overnight in some water. Then the possibilities become endless with kabobs. Here are a few examples.
Garlic shrimp kabobs
If you just do not have time for any of these suggestions, then perhaps the best tailgate food for your party is the ones that are very fast. Plus, these are the foods that are for the “last minute” tailgate parties. Here is some examples of the foods that are very fast (meaning that you don’t have to prepare or cook them).
Note: Don’t forget to grab some chips, some dip and a veggie tray on your way home from work.
Eating is only half of the fun for a tailgate party. You cannot forget the beer because that is the other half of the fun at a tailgate party. Most of these food suggestions go great with beer. If you forget the beer then it is not really a tailgate party. Happy tailgating!