Tailgating Food Ideas & Recipes

Black Pepper Jerky
Photo: © Tina Rupp

These delicious recipes include perfect chicken wings and superstar chef Bobby Flay's over-the-top nacho burgers.

01 of 11

Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks

Day 14: Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks
Marcus Nilsson

Butcher Tom Mylan uses a cast-iron skillet on the grill to prepare his steak, onion, pepper and cheese hoagies.

02 of 11

Herb-Roasted Pork Subs with Garlicky Spinach

Herb-Roasted Pork Subs with Garlicky Spinach

To create this outstanding sandwich, Matt Neal rubs pork shoulder with an herb-and-garlic mixture and then slow-roasts it for hours ("Forever," he says). He piles the meat high with pickled peppers and spinach sautéed with garlic. One key to the sandwich is to slice the pork very thinly; to do so, be sure the pork is very cold and use a deli slicer or a thin, sharp knife.

03 of 11

Smokin' Sweet Chicken Wings with Cherry Barbecue Glaze

Smokin' Sweet Chicken Wings with Cherry Barbecue Glaze

Cherry preserves with habanero chile create a fabulously sticky, sweet and spicy glaze for grilled chicken wings. Glaze them just before serving so the sugars don't burn.

04 of 11

Nacho Burgers

Nacho Burgers

Of all the burger recipes F&W has run (more than 100), and of the six from chef Bobby Flay, this one is the over-the-top best, with juicy meat, gooey cheese, salsa and tortilla chips.

05 of 11

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze

Day 12: Grilled Chicken Breast with Grapefruit Glaze
Karen Mordechai

Simply prepared yet special, these chicken breasts are grilled and basted with a bitter, tart, and sweet glaze.

06 of 11

Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans

Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans. Photo © Fredrika Stjärne
© Fredrika Stjärne

Kat Kinsman tops her rich brownies with bacon and pecans. To enhance the smoky flavor, she mixes some of the bacon fat into the batter.

07 of 11

Game-Day Pork and Black Bean Chili

Game-Day Pork and Black Bean Chili
08 of 11

Crosshatch Hot Dogs on Grilled Croissants

Crosshatch Hot Dogs on Grilled Croissants

These sweet-savory glazed hot dogs were inspired by a dish Marcia Kiesel discovered at a Manhattan Chinatown restaurant. They're cut in a crosshatch pattern, which makes the franks cook even faster, and served in a grilled mustard-brushed croissant.

09 of 11

Grilled Lamb Ribs with Chimichurri

Grilled Lamb Ribs with Chimichurri

Chef Santiago Garat grills these lamb ribs at outdoor barbecue parties at the farm so they're crispy on the outside. The tangy, extra-herby chimichurri is a perfect partner for the rich meat.

10 of 11

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon. Photo © John Kernick
© John Kernick

The sauce for this shrimp is a simple version of Italy's salmoriglio, typically made with lemon and herbs in a mortar. The sauce is also delicious spooned over grilled swordfish or any other meaty fish.

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Black Pepper Jerky

Black Pepper Jerky
© Tina Rupp

This classic jerky gets a double dose of peppery flavor from both cracked peppercorns in the marinade and coarsely ground peppercorns on top.

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