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Tailgate Time: Winning Game-Day Tips

By The PD Web Team

It’s nearly every Southerner’s favorite time of the year: Football Season! And we’re here to help make your tailgate party touchdown-worthy. So throw on your team colors, and let’s get cooking!

Let’s start with some basic tips to help make it a tailgate to remember:

Establish Traditions
Your football team has traditions, and so should your tailgate! Whether it’s a rousing rendition of your team’s fight song, a particular spot, or a must-have food, make it something your friends and family will love to pass along!

Make it Your Own
Whether your tailgate includes your favorite beer or tablecloths and a full spread, do whatever makes you happy! Manage the hassle by keeping it simple or bring a complete meal. A tailgate means something different to different people, so as long as you’re in your comfort zone, it’s a success!

Grill, Grill, Grill
There’s something about grilled burgers, brats, or ribs that screams “football”. Grills can be tough to transport, but miniature grills have made game-day cooking much easier.

Keep it Clean
Trash bags are a tailgate must-have. We like the large, extra heavy-duty kind to avoid messes from broken bags. Remember that you won’t have your kitchen sink come cleaning time, so just load all the dirty stuff in a bag for post-game cleanup at the house.

Next comes creating the perfect menu. Below are some of our favorite game-day recipes:

Lightning Fast White Bean Dip


Cheesy Beer Dip

Touchdown Slow Cooker Cheese Dip

Lightning-Fast White Bean Dip


Five-Alarm Chili in a Biscuit Bowl

 Meats & Entrees:

Easy Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Chili Dogs

Five-Alarm Chili in a Biscuit Bowl

Midwestern-Style Beer Brats

Naked Hot Wings

Southern Pimiento Cheese Sliders


Sue & Gloria's Baked Beans

 Snacks & Sides:

Peppery Coleslaw with Orange Chili Vinaigrette

Cheese Straws

Sue and Gloria’s Baked Beans

Hogs in a Sleeping Bag

Game Day Cool Ranch Snack Mix


Salted Caramel Brownies


Salted Caramel Brownies

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Quick Donuts



Bloody Mary with a Kick


Bloody Mary with a Kick

Cherry Arnold Paula

Hot Spiced Apple Pear Cider



Whatever food you prepare, just have fun celebrating the camaraderie with your fellow fans.  After all, that’s what it’s all about!