With just under 2 weeks until the season FINALLY kicks off, I was wondering what all you fabulous MGoBloggers grill or cook for your tailgate. I have to admit my inquiry is to straight up steal the good ones. I am specifically looking for dishes that can be prepared at home, transported, and cooked over a standard charcoal grill. I don't want the hot dog/brat/burger shenanigans, something a little more exotic, but easy enough to prepare.
O/T What do you grill for tailgating?
Kabobs. Marinate the chicken in Italian dressing.
Also, do you then put a rub on the chicken? I like kabobs, but don't have any experience grilling them.
I'm not a fan of the veggies but we don't marinate them. Just put on the grill and leave it open.
I for one love the hot dog/brat/burger shenanigans. Sorry, I don't do much else on the grill.
2 to 4 slices of bacon (fried crisp and crumbled)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
14 jalapeno peppers cored and seeded
Cook the bacon until crisp and crumble it. Add bacon to cream cheese and put in cooler, At the tailgate, add onion cheddar cheese, salt and garlic. Mix well. Stuff the peppers with the mixture. If you have a pepper grill rack, stuff them whole, if not cut them in half lengthwise and stuff each half.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Place stuffed peppers in the pepper grill rack or if sliced place them, cheese side up, right on the grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover/close lid and grill peppers for 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Enjoy!
Best damn things I've ever had
All of the meat, but specifically my favorite thing is grilled chicken thigh (chunks off the bone) stuffed with jalapeno or chipotle then slathered in adobo or a cumin/cayenne blend.
Its not for the games but Im grilling 3 spicy mango chicken with asparagus wrapped with prosciutto lightly salted! Got the day off and Im enjoying it!
So that's like a Mexi-American-Italian dish?
This sounds awesome!
The bacon explosion. You're welcome. http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/
I will die happy after this glorious discovery causes my heart to asplode.
Glad to help.
Jerk Sauce. Carribean Style ..... or Beer Brats...
Get there early enough, grill some tomatos, onions, jalapenos, bacon, and a pablano. Blend that into a smooth mixture and add celery salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Put in glass and add vodka for the best bloody mary ever.
Then mass produce burgers and dogs, man.
do you cut the tomatoes and get some of the moisture and seeds out before grilling? I need to know. As for our cookin', we usually do a rib contest every year. About a 3-4 hour smoke prior to kickoff.
I just cut the 'maters into quarters and grill for about 3-4 minutes per side without seeding or anything.
Only thing you may want to do is take the skin off of the pablano if you use one. The skin can be kinda bitter.
I was planning to skin both peppers.... Let em rest in a paper grocery bag until they cool. The skin will slide off easily.
Marinate some skirt steak (include some lime juice in the marinade). Pat it dry. Put a chipotle-based dry rub on it. Grill it fast and hot. Slice it up and throw it in tortillas with all the extras... cheese, avocados, salsa, onions, cilantro, black beans... whatever you like. Ther aroma alone will make you drool.
Bacon-wrapped burgers and cheese brats
We always do a theme for each home game ... Previously we have had some good ones.
Nacho Game Northwestern
Gyros for the Sparty game
Chicken wings for Iowa
Wok Away Wisconsin
Irish stem and corned beef for ND
As you can see some themes go better with cool names than others. We always do something whether that be a tailgate title referencing the opponent or just themed food.
last year for Northwestern, I felt 9:30 am for Lunch/Dinner food was too early.
So I made up 20 Bfast Buritos the night before, wrapped them in tinfoil tightly. Then heated them on the grill for 15-20min. Was a big hit, and made them nice and "hearty" with potatoes and fair amount of chorizo (spelling?) so was a good base for the drinking.
Start off with bacon wrapped, stuffed jalapenos.
- Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove stem and seeds.
- Fill with creamed cheese mixed with chile powder and garlic powder.
- Wrap lengthwise with half a slice of bacon.
- Cook on indirect heat for about 30 minutes (or smoke for an hour) and then crisp up over direct heat.
Can easily plow through a dozen of these in minutes.
Then move onto to sandwiches. Typically hot italian sausage, fresh mozzarella and roasted jalapenos on a roll.
Wash down with tons of beer and maybe a flask of whiskey.
makes a mean Korean BBQ. The secret is to cut the sirloin very thin. Then marinade overnight: soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, green onions, sesame oil (recipe can be found on line). Thread on skewers and grill away. Then wait for the compliments. Then watch team win....
I do the same thing with beef short ribs (never while tailgating though). Try them as a lettuce wrap with some rice and scallions.
If you put the marinade in a blender, add a peeled cut up kiwi. I know - weird, but it tenderizes the meat. I do this with skirt steak, and a similar marinade.
Pulled pork and barbecued bologna (with an apple juice bbq sauce glaze) topped with Cole slaw. . .
Get the smoker going with some brisket, ribs and chicken with a side of baked beans and your favorite cold one. And take a shot of crown every time we score.
Like Brady Hoke, I don't eat before games. Unless it is at the Denny's for breakfast in A2. Tradition since 2006. Get the same every time.
After the game, usually hotdogs. Tons and tons of hotdogs. Mustard and onions. Never ketchup. There will be no red condiments.
Grilled on this beauty-
Usually for hotdogs the tradition is to spell "UofM" with mustard.
make that purple ketchup? You don't have a thing for Northwestern do you?
My favorite chicken/pork marinade. This is head and shoulders better than almost anything else I've tried.
Not a grilled item (unless you heated it up in a pot), but Founders Beer Cheese Dip is a staple of my gamedays. Insanely good.
Pancakes and sausage.
Put a flat skillet on the grill to do the pancakes, and wrap jimmy dean maple sausage in some tinfoil. Works great! I like to start early to get plenty of time in tailgating.
at least 2-3 times each season. Sometimes White Chili, sometimes ground beef, sometimes cubed or shredded beef, sometimes overloaded with home-grown jalepenos, sometimes sans beans for the hot dogs, but never the same chili two games in a row. And I always cook the chili at home a day or sometimes two in advance, as 6 am or earlier departure for Ann Arbor dictates advance preparation. And, of course, various crackers and shredded cheeses to top it with at the tailgate.
Other than that, food choices vary according to kickoff time. Fot the noon game vs. Akron, some sort of breakfast at AA Golf and Outing pregame, and burgers/brats/dogs afterwards. 3:30 kickoffs? Snacks and sweet rolls early on, then the grill comes out mid-day.
Not yet sure what we'll do for the UTL II game, as AA Golf and Outing won't open that day 'til noon. Maybe some of the ideas here will get a look-see.
This thread is perfect for a question I've wanted to ask....Do you guys (and gals) who have these tailgates welcome others who are just wandering around? I just don't know proper tailgate etiquette, and I've always wondered. If I was wandering with a friend, would we just be invited over? Or do we have to ask? I am in no way a freeloader, but I've seen some elaborate tailgates, with lots of people, that didn't look like private affairs and I always wonder if I could partake. Any insight?
We do a Gumbo and on really cold days Chili. For the opener we are doing a Taco Bar, Fajitas, Maryland Crab Ceviche, Guacamole, Queso, and for breakfast at 7:00 am on the golf course that will consist of Breakfast Burritos, and potato and onion cakes with some mild jalapenos. Of course Tostitoes etc etc.Oh yeah, and a full bar and keg!
Can I have an invite to your tailgate. I promise I'm good at Cornhole, eating and drinking
We do have a cornhole tourney with trophies too.
I will need your exact GPS coordinates on game day.
We aren't easy to miss. We rock the Bose L1 x 2 soundsystems, have our own porta's, blenders for mixed drinks, (for the girsl of course), SatGo TV' and Big Screen. We do it up.
your portas. How much? This would be a nice add.
and traditional tailgate options. Seriously, this site needs its own cookbook and tailgate master to, you know, rule in and out the options. Think of the offensive and defensive playbook, options possibilities, different formations, gameplans and two-minute drills. Well, dare I say beer, wine and liquor options in this cook and drinkbook du jour.
I did about 12 pounds of pulled pork in the smoker, electric type, this weekend and it was GLORIOUS. After applying your favorite spice rub, hold the jokes please, you smoke with some hopefully moist heat (again...) and keep in there, resisting the temptation (Muppets) to "check the temp" until you know its close to an internal temp of 180-190. Take it off, wrap in foil and let it sit for an hour or so. It will be falling apart tender, shred with two forks or what have you, apply your favorite bbq sauce, serve on buns or not...with sliced pickles and onions. DELISH.
Brats n cheeseburgers and ice cold Natty to wash that down!
You need to expand your horizons.
Do not read this thread while hungry. I'm practically gnawing on the iPad. This thread needs more than an "OT" tag.
So what's the protocal for folks coming in from out of town on airplanes and can't prepare a tailgate? Can you just sort of ask to join in if something looks good or interesting? Tailgate folks look to be pretty sociable.
Usually, if you park near someone that has a good set up you can strike up conversation. Bring something to offer like liqour, beer, snacks. We usually don't turn people away unless they don't fit in. It's usually one big party out there. However, some are more low key then others.
Maybe I just look hungry, but more often than not, if I engage in more than even the briefest of conversations as I'm walking past, I'm usually asked if I want a beer or something to eat.
Plus my brother grills about 25 lbs of baby-back ribs. We got coleslaw, baked beans, Mac and Cheese, the works. We also have the regular hamburger/hot dogs goin on another grill. And when UGA plays Florida, we grill an alligator that a cousin of mine brings up from Mississippi every year!
Bacon wrapped brats, with a fried egg, wrapped in a tortilla (with or without cheese).
We made them camping last summer and they might have been the best camping food I've ever had.
Put it in a cooler wrapped in foil and a towel before the game steaming hot and fall apart after the game.
I'm hungry now
See what happens when he is mad!
I am all about meat on a stick, or brats.
I know you said no brats, but dude. Try this simple plan one time: cut up onions, green and red bell peppers into strips. Bring little tin pans you can buy at the grocery and fill them with beer, (cheap beer works just as well so don't blow a bunch on cooking beer) saurkraut and the onions/peppers. Boil the brats for 30 minutes in the tin filled with beer and your veggies. Remove the "baths" from the grill and finish the brats on the flames. Use the remnants of the bath for fixins if you are hip, and only add mustard. This is the way of the brat, yo.
Ok for meat on a stick I like either beef or chicken kabobs. I make a ton of different marinades, but if you want to just buy one "Soy Vay Teryaki" is the bomb.com. I will be making Chicken Satay sauce for the opener, and it will rock the house. Make full sticks of only meat or only veggies so you can cook them appropriatly depending on your liking. When finished just remove all the stuff onto a massive plate and let your friends feast away...
Arrive at carols lawn at 7am, one block back on Berkeley, regardless of game time. Perfect for night games. Three days prior place phone call to Satchels. Greet delivery van at the street. Tip driver. Devour brisket as if life depended on it.