by Richard Wachtel


6 More Tailgating Food Bars

Earlier this year I gave you 6 great suggestions on how to spice up your weekly tailgating food spread. As college and NFL football seasons continue, I’ve come up with some new themed tailgating food suggestions to help you finish strong! The most important aspect of throwing a successful food bar is to really make the atmosphere fun and different each week. Even if you make it to the parking lot only once, each of these is easy to do at home during the game, too.

Omaha Steaks Bison Chili

Omaha Steaks Bison Chili

Chili Week

Football season weather can be really cold – especially if you live in the North or Northeast. Warm up with a nice bowl of chili and traditional toppings like chopped onions and shredded cheese. Other toppings could include: fried onion, corn, green onion/chives, a variety of cheeses, corn chips, variety of hot sauces, sour cream. Chili is also really easy to prepare the day before and then just bring the premade chili to the stadium parking lot to heat up the day of the big game – a crock pot makes this easy and keeps the chili warm for the entire game. Don’t forget to bring plenty of bowls and napkins!


Omaha Steaks Whole Basted Turkey

Omaha Steaks Whole Basted Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers Week

Everybody loves Thanksgiving food, and everybody has leftovers. So why not recreate Thanksgiving in the stadium parking lot the Sunday (or Friday) after with some amazing leftover sandwiches? Start with the turkey and everyone can make their own personalized “triple decker” sandwich with sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and more – the possibilities are endless and delicious. Substitute cranberry sauce for classic ketchup as your condiment!


Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin Tips Recipe

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin Tips

Finger Foods Week

We all love apps and foods that can be consumed in one bite, from pigs in a blanket to loaded potato skins, or even mini sliders finger foods. These fun foods are another great way to spice up your weekly tailgate. One of the many benefits of eating finger foods is that you don’t have to worry about making a whole meal and also you can eat a lot of different types of foods all at one time. Careful – there’s always one with sticky fingers who has more than his share of finger foods… bring plenty!

Potluck Week

Potluck dinners, lunches or even breakfasts are a perfect way to get your guests involved in what is being served, so why not try a potluck at the stadium parking lot? It’s fun and easy to organize, and relieves the pressure of bringing a lot of food and trying to make everyone happy. You can also set up a theme for your potluck so that you can keep everyone on the same page. Don’t forget, potlucks aren’t just for the main meal – get creative with “potluck” drinks and/or desserts.

Grilled Cheese Week

Grilled Cheese is a childhood favorite of mine, and I know I’m not alone in that. I mean, who doesn’t love two slices of buttered bread with a slice of cheese in the middle? Making grilled cheeses and also having some grilled sandwiches on hand is perfect and also most importantly easy to make with very limited space. Simply pack various types of cold cuts from turkey to salami to toppings such as lettuce, mayo, sliced tomatoes and you and your friends will certainly enjoy a nice hot grilled sandwich. Oh, and don’t forget the tomato soup!

Blackened Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp

Seafood Week

Ahoy, seafood lovers! The parking lot is yours! From crab cakes to grilled lobster tails to shrimp kabobs, seafood is super versatile and is surely going to be a fan favorite. In addition to some of the standbys, try making a fish taco filled with some great additions like homemade guacamole or some homemade pico de gallo.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Long Island, New York Richard Wachtel has developed a passion for all things about barbecue and grilling and sharing this love with the world through social media, digital marketing and blogging about his cooking adventures on his website www.GrillingWithRich.com. Richard has interviewed the top names in barbecue and grilling such as four-time BBQ Grand World Champion Chris Lilly, and other world class pitmasters such as Myron Mixon, Melissa Cookston, and Tuffy Stone... just to name a few. In addition, GrillingwithRich.com has become a BBQ authority for media outlets and has been citied in many online publications such as: Yahoo News, FriendsEat.com and USA Today’s Men’s Health. Rich lives just outside the nation's capital in Virginia with his wife, and #1 tastetester - his beagle, Cooper.

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