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Old 09-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #11
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SWMBO often makes this for tailgates and it's always a hit.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/21687-texas-caviar


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Old 09-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #12
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Do you have a recipe for the chicken chili,or did she use a package recipe. I like chicken chili and have been meaning to look for a recipe,I will probably use chicken I've put on the smoker in it.
A friend made it once and I liked it. I've since tried to make it, but it's mostly just a simple off the top of my head thing:

Chicken Chili seasoning packets
Northern beans
Grilled and chopped chicken
Chicken broth
Finely sliced carrots
small amount of bacon

I plan on making it tonight and bringing a backpacking stove to reheat at the parking lot, but I can see a problem already. We have to make it tonight and not eat it all before tomorrow!

I better have a plan for filling us up tonight.

There are so many good ideas here. I think my wife would like that texas caviar thing. I like the sausages and cheese steak idea too. Wife is a big fan of cheesesteaks!


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Walking tacos.

Mini bag of Fritos or doritos, slightly crushed,
Add a lump of Taco seasoned ground meat,
Shredded lettuce, sour cream, and salsa. Eat it right out of the bag with a plastic fork.

Do a while Mexican thing with nachos & cheese, jalapenos, too.
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Okay, I'm an Alabama fan, and we're the kings of tailgating.

The beer is a no-brainer, so I'll leave that alone.

There's a zillion ways you can go about this. You've got the southern barbecue option where you smoke pork butts (pork shoulder roast) ahead of time, then serve with sauce, slaw, buns, pickles, and chips -- Golden Flake if you can find them, Lays if you can't. Oh, and don't forget the Dr. Pepper for the non-drinkers in the crowd.

There's the burger/dog thing, but you've done that once and it can get old if you do it often.

There's the "byom" thing where everyone brings their own choice of meat and the grill master cooks it. That only really works in a group of fairly close friends, though.

I own Steve Raichlen's "BBQ USA" book. It's the size of an Atlanta phone book and contains hundreds of recipes, from sides to desserts, pork, beef, chicken, lamb/mutton, fish, and of course sauces and rubs. Tons of really great ideas in there, and I'm sure you can find most or all of them online. I bet if you flipped through one in the book store and made a few mental notes you could find some really good ideas.

The one thing I've learned is to stay away from corn dogs. People will think you're an LSU fan.

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Okay, I'm an Alabama fan, and we're the kings of tailgating.

The beer is a no-brainer, so I'll leave that alone.

There's a zillion ways you can go about this. You've got the southern barbecue option where you smoke pork butts (pork shoulder roast) ahead of time, then serve with sauce, slaw, buns, pickles, and chips -- Golden Flake if you can find them, Lays if you can't. Oh, and don't forget the Dr. Pepper for the non-drinkers in the crowd.

There's the burger/dog thing, but you've done that once and it can get old if you do it often.

There's the "byom" thing where everyone brings their own choice of meat and the grill master cooks it. That only really works in a group of fairly close friends, though.

I own Steve Raichlen's "BBQ USA" book. It's the size of an Atlanta phone book and contains hundreds of recipes, from sides to desserts, pork, beef, chicken, lamb/mutton, fish, and of course sauces and rubs. Tons of really great ideas in there, and I'm sure you can find most or all of them online. I bet if you flipped through one in the book store and made a few mental notes you could find some really good ideas.

The one thing I've learned is to stay away from corn dogs. People will think you're an LSU fan.

Have fun!
Good stuff here. I already had the Pulled Pork as an option, but didn't have time this week to smoke the butt.

But I thought Texans were the kings of tailgating. Huh...
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Smoke/Grill Boston Butt to 190F or Chicken to 165F cooked below 250F for pull pork/chicken BBQ if you got time. Ribs are also a long grill out option. EDIT: always let your hour+ meats rest covered in tin foil for 20+ minutes or else you've wasted your time.

Quicker option is Bratwurst or ground beef (add 1 raw egg and seasoning). For something light shish-kabobs (chicken with peppers, onions and optional pineapple).

Appetizer I do chips with queso/salsa/guac/homemade dip.

Sides are Bush's beans, coleslaw, or a casserole made or heated that morning and kept hot in a cooler.

We're doing our thanksgiving meal tailgating in the parking lot for the Falcons v Saints game this year.

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I've been going to college FB games and tailgating since 2001 (when I started). Our tailgates have gotten more evolved over the years though.

I know it's a sin, but I have a Weber Q gas grill. Works like a champ and one of those little green bottles of propane lasts for several games.

Some of our favorites are
ABT's (stuffed peppers)
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (big ones)
Skewered meats
Pulled Pork
Tacos and/or Quesodillas
Burgers, but you can jazz them up
Chili (for fall games)

You can pretty much do anything for tailgating. A friend of him brings his turkey fryer and fries up bunches of stuff. Always a crowd pleaser!
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Good stuff here. I already had the Pulled Pork as an option, but didn't have time this week to smoke the butt.

But I thought Texans were the kings of tailgating. Huh...
This is why we always smoke way more meat than we can consume in a few meals.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:50 PM   #19
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Okay, I'm an Alabama fan, and we're the kings of tailgating.

The beer is a no-brainer, so I'll leave that alone.
I think us folks from Wisconsin would challenge that first statement, but we can definitely agree on the second!

A lot of the stuff we do gets prepared the night before and then simply grilled/cooked on game day. beer boil some brats, marinate some wings, slow cook some beef or pork and shred it for sandwiches, chili, taco dips, cowboy caviar, nacho fixings, and of course you can't forget the cheese and sausage plate! (preferably venison, maybe even some bear if your lucky enough to have some). And since we sconnies like to start early, you have to have all the bloody Mary fixins too.
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I read somewhere or another (can't remember where) that the SEC schools generally have the best tailgating and best travelling fans, followed closely by the southernmost Big 12 schools and southernmost ACC schools. They rated schools in New England and California at about the bottom of the pile, and Miami (FL) as the very bottom.

That said, I know some Cheese Heads who can out tailgate anybody. They're fun to hang out with. And who knows how scientific the "study" was; it very well could have been pulled out of the author's tuchus. So take my "king of tailgating" comment above with a rather large portion of "tongue in cheek".


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