Essential tailgating recipes

You’ve already packed the trunk full of chips, salsa and the makings for hotdogs, but up your tailgate game with these crowd-pleasing twists on the classics.
August 24, 2018 01:45 PM
  1. Appetizers & sides
    • French onion soup dip: Caramelize your onions at home, and this cheesy dish will come together in less than 20 minutes on gameday. Get the recipe.
    • Toasted couscous and vegetable salad: A tailgate isn’t the time to count calories, but you’ll feel less guilty eating a second helping of ribs when you have this healthy, veggie-heavy dish on the side. Get the recipe.
    • Pasta with cheese and ham: If you have tot-sized tailgaters, double the batch of this kid-approved play on mac & cheese. Get the recipe.
  2. Mains

    • Green chile burgers with Monterey Jack and cumin lime mayo: Banish blah burgers with a topper of chiles, mayo, lime and cilantro. Get the recipe.

    • Campfire cooked sausage and peppers hoagies: Aluminum foil makes grilling Italian sausages and sweet peppers a cinch. Get the recipe.

    • Bourbon-honey baby back ribs: With a glaze this sticky-sweet, you’ll want to pack an extra pack of wet wipes for post-meal cleanup. Get the recipe.

    • Garlic-marinated strip steak: Shallots, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar elevate a New York strip from so-so to so-darn-good. Get the recipe.

    • Grilled shrimp remoulade po’boys: Save time by peeling and deveining your shrimp at home, and you’ll be handing out zesty po’boys in the parking lot in 15 minutes. Get the recipe.

  3. Desserts

    • S’mores cookie cake: This decadent treat tastes like your traditional campfire s’more—minus the risk of scorched marshmallows and burned fingers. Get the recipe.

    • Gooey cherry-chocolate cake: If you’ve never added a cola to your chocolate cake mix, this indulgent dessert may be the one that converts you. Get the recipe.

  4. Master your tailgate

    The Coleman Get Outdoors app has a variety of additional resources to help you plan the ultimate tailgate:

    10 of the best college football tailgates

    Best parks for college football fans

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