There may not be a better combination in sports than tailgating and college football. Sharing fandom over a few burgers, a bowl of chili and an adult beverage (or two, or three or…) adds a unique element to the sport we love.
A packed tailgate lot with crisp autumn air absorbing the hot charcoal smoke, blending the wonderful aroma of grilled bratwurst and smoked brisket is an experience unlike any other. Those pregame parties followed by 3 1/2 hours of football is drew me to the sport.
I met my wife at a tailgate party, and our wedding reception was a tailgate party. That is not a lie, I have pictures to prove it. So, yeah, it’s a pretty special aspect of college football for me. But enough about me, I want to hear about your love for tailgating — specifically the foods you most enjoy while congregating with some of your closest friends outside the football stadium.
This week, I asked for B1G fans to provide me with their favorite foods (or beverages) to consume in the tailgate lots before their favorite team kicks off. And, to be fair, before we dive into those fan responses, I’ll provide my answers:
- Standard burger — Sometimes, simplicity is best. A standard cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard and pickles is easy, delicious and traditional. It’s hard to mess up such a common tailgate food.
- Buffalo chicken dip — I love buffalo sauce. I love buffalo chicken. I love dips. This is a no-brainer for a tailgate party, especially if you’re a fan of spice. You can enjoy it with carrots, celery, tortilla chips or even just a plain scoop.
- Chili — Growing up in the Midwest and attending B1G tailgates, chili is a must-have for some of those November games. It can be tough to eat, but it really hits home on those colder days. (If I grew up in a warmer area, pulled pork would likely be on the list).
And, of course, you can’t have a tailgate without a few adult beverages.
Here are some fan responses to the question. What are your favorite tailgate foods?
Wings, buffalo chicken dip, bbq weenies https://t.co/C8ElexIZbF
— Tyler Shoemaker (@BuckeyeTy23) March 22, 2020
hoagie, Deviled Eggs – and @409TailgateClub
— We Support THE Penn State Athletics (@NittanyWeAre) March 22, 2020
The three B’s.
Brats, Burgers, and Beer https://t.co/7CS0kr7d4r
— Mr. Ohio (@MrOH1O) March 22, 2020
3. A different kind of beer
— Adam Spencer (@AdamSpencer4) March 22, 2020
1. Pickle Wraps @JeffreyTheGreek
3. Busch Light
— Eric Townsley (@EricTownsley) March 22, 2020
The three B's …. The cornerstones of a Tailgate
— Yeet it, and forgeet it (@mattbo324) March 22, 2020
Beers, brats, and brownies/cookies.
— 84punters (@84punters) March 21, 2020
I’m a simple man:
2) Smoked Brisket meat/sandwich
— 2 Average Guys (@2AvgGuys) March 21, 2020
Ribs, chili, deep fried turkey
— Matt Hall (@rdking10) March 21, 2020
1. Cream Cheese Wrapped pickles
3. Chips + a good dip
— JeffreyTheGreek (@JeffreyTheGreek) March 21, 2020
Chili never disappoints in the two-handed region, but in the one-handed region, your standard burger off the charcoal grill is still top of the line.
— Connor O'Gara (@cjogara) March 21, 2020
Have to have pickles wrapped with cream cheese and ham!
— Matt Zediker (@mzedman) March 21, 2020
1. Bourbon 2. Beer 3. Let me think about it
— B1G Kurt (@B1GKurt) March 21, 2020
Brats & hamburgers.
— Ch. Amit Singh (@samithawk) March 21, 2020
Chicken wings, cheeseburger and and brats.
— TonyStout (@ShittersFull93) March 21, 2020
Sausages, hotdogs, Burgers
— Matthew Longsworth (@MatthewLongswo2) March 21, 2020
Shrimp boil, gumbo, chili.
— Jeff Stahl (@JeffStahl) March 21, 2020
Grilled wings, burgers, cheese infused Kielbasa!
— 409 Tailgate Club (@409TailgateClub) March 21, 2020
Hot Dogs / Brauts
Any sort of chip dip – 7 layer, buff chick, etc
— Sidelines – Penn State 🦁 (@Sidelines_PSU) March 21, 2020
Stripped steak, Publix chicken, smoked sausage https://t.co/X1iJhPX8fK
— KevinBrockwayCNHIIndiana (@KevinBrockwayG1) March 21, 2020
Little winnies/ meatballs, nachos, hamburgers.
oh and @Runza
— G–B–R 🌽🌽🎈🎈🎈 (@GBRFORLIFE) March 21, 2020
• beer brats
— Sidelines – Minnesota🐿🚣🏽 (@SidelinesUMN) March 21, 2020