Do you really need a menu for a tailgating party? Well, yaah! Tailgating goes way beyond supporting your hometown team (or favorite band) or talking smack about who will score the most points. We all know that tailgating is really about the food!
Traditional big game fare usually comes down to chicken wings, burgers and ribs. Cook a little outside the box and consider one of these creative tailgate menus.
Taste Buds Tailgate Menu
Lots of flavors in this savory, spicy, sweet menu. Make it easy peasy by substituting canned pork and beans, pre-packed coleslaw and store-bought rotisserie chicken for some menu ingredients. For non-beef eaters throw in some Baked Orange Chicken Drummettes
Ice Cold Beer, Flavored Waters
Snack and Munchies
Salmon Tailgate Menu
Impress your friends with this make-ahead seafood tailgate menu. Make the pasta salad the night before and marinate the salmon in the morning. The chocolate cake can be made 1-2 days in advance. Even easier...purchase a cake the day of!
Savory Tailgate Menu
The black bean burgers are too fragile for the grill. Prepare at home, wrap in foil packets and reheat packets on the grill
Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onions and Cucumbers
Top with your favorite vinaigrette
Surf and Turf Tailgate Menu
Keep the grilled fired up to serve fish, chicken and corn.
Light Beer and Fruity Wine
Rocking Tailgate Menu
Start the tailgate party in your driveway and continue at the music or sports arena. Tote a small portable gas grill to cook up the sliders and buns
Lemonade, Ice Teas, White Wine or White Wine Coolers
Honey Fried Chicken
Good served at room (or parking lot) temperature
Apple, Onion and Cheddar Sliders
Crispy Grilled Potatoes
Top potato wedges with Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh rosemary
A Brunch Tailgating Party!
Sometimes you and your party pals need to be at the stadium extra early. Put together this game day brunch menu with no messy grill required. Start a trend!
Spicy Bloody Marys or Champagne Cocktails
Try on toasted, buttered raisin bread. Use arugula or baby spinach for the "L". Cook bacon, wrap in foil and make sandwiches on the tailgate
Beer-Belly Tailgate Menu
Serve this flavorful menu with beer, beer and more beer. Just kidding, drink responsively
Easy BBQ Beer Chicken
Serve with grilled flour tortillas, tomatoes and Beer BBQ Sauce or Pink Mayonnaise
Easy Sweet Potato Salad or Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
Tortilla chips, Potato Chips, Other Crunchies
Simple Tailgate Menu
Prepare the wings on the grill or bake in the oven and wrap in double layers of aluminum foil before bringing to the tailgate party
Brrrrrr Tailgate Menu
As temperatures get colder die-hard tailgaters will grill and party no matter what! Dress in layers and enjoy this satisfying no grill required menu.
Prepare gumbo at home and keep hot in large thermoses.
Chips, dips, salsa