The 10 Best Tailgating Foods Ever

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 23, 2012

The 10 Best Tailgating Foods Ever

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    During the bitter hours prior to gametime, there's nothing better than a mug of steaming hot chocolate and a platter of calorific self-prepared delicacies to calm the nerves before entering the stadium.

    The gridiron may feature a ferocious battle between two hungry opponents, but the parking lot allows for a juicy, corpulent experience that has become the pinnacle of manly eating.

    From splendiferous seafood platters to comforting hometown treats, these suggestions are sure to get the stomach rumbling, bumbling and stumbling.

    Let's take a look at the 10 best tailgating foods ever.


10. Breakfast of Champions

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    While this may sound a bit superfluous and excessive, we must keep in mind that tailgating can never be overdone.

    After getting to the stadium early, one must immediately toss a tender rib-eye steak on the grill and prepare to sizzle several double-sized eggs over the top of the meat in preparation of a feast.

    Once breakfast is finished, lunch time seems to be quickly approaching.

    A selection of sweet and spicy sausages must be combined with an oily, yet crispy array of tri-colored peppers.

    Your stomachs will be pleased.

9. The Ultimate Nachos

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    After precisely placing a surfeit of lime-seasoned chips on an over-sized plate, we will add a pan-full of browned ground beef or chicken (sprinkled with herbs to your liking) and cover it with black beans that were warmed up in a pot on the grill.

    Following the juicy part, we now cover the dish with the shredded cheese of choice, diced lettuce and tomatoes, black olives, (perhaps) jalapenos, a heaping of sour cream and some mouth-watering guacamole.

    Admiring with your mouth is the next and final step.

8. A Wholesome Turducken in Honor of John Madden

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    While we are fully aware of legendary coach John Madden's fixation with a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck stuffed into a de-boned turkey, it's safe to say that any tailgate party would be complete with anything from the commentator's fridge.

    He clearly knows how to eat.

7. Crockpot Pulled Pork

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    For cooking enthusiasts, there is seemingly no better method than using the crockpot, as preparation time is limited and waiting time is endless.

    All one must do the Friday before the game is combine brown sugar, pepper, onion powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder and cayenne with the pork before refrigerating the mixture for at least eight hours. 

    When ready to cook, rub the pork concoction together with apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and vegetable oil. Then place in the crockpot for up to 10 hours, after which we separate the pork with a fork.

    All it will take is 30-40 minutes of reheat time on Sunday, with buns warm and ready to go.

6. The Vortex Coronary Bypass Burger

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    32 ounces of sirloin, 12 strips of bacon, four large eggs, eight slices of preferred cheese and four kaiser buns are the ingredients to a heavenly, yet life-threatening burger.

    After grilling the eggs and bacon in the same fat-covered pan, toss the succulent (already-grilled) burger on the plate and cover it.

    When both buns are thoroughly buttered, toss the burger, cheese-covered eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on them.

    The ultimate way to die happy.

5. Michael Phelps' Diet

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    While this unconventional diet may allow the world-class swimmer to endlessly-lap around the pool, it certainly doesn't attract most everyday individuals.

    However, with the menu including three fried-egg sandwiches (with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise), two cups of coffee, one five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar, three chocolate-chip pancakes, one pound of enriched pasta, two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread, 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks, one pound of pasta and a whole pizza, any capacious tailgate party will be sufficiently satisfied.

4. Grandiose Chili

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    Essentially the easiest dish on this list, chili can often be a risky endeavor.

    However, no need to fret... this bowl of goodness only requires a bit of patience.

    After chopping the meat of choice into cubes and slicing the onions, peppers and cilantro, the chef must toss all the accoutrement into a large pot.

    While the canned beans (strained of course) and wide array of spices are expected, there's one ingredient that makes this the luscious production it is set to become.

    Adding a dark beer of choice, such as a porter or stout, will make this one memorable delicacy.

3. Epic Meal Time

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    There's no better way to prepare for a vicious battle than getting your feet wet with a Sloppy Roethlisberger, as these experienced chefs so eloquently displayed.

    We've officially learned that too much bacon isn't possible.

2. Memphis-Style Ribs

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    This traditional recipe may require at least five hours of preparation, but it's divine finish will surely make it all worth it.

    Tailgating festivities are rarely complete with a dish of tempting ribs.

1. Shrimp Wrapped with Bacon

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    Ah, we've reached the mecca of proper tailgate feasting.

    We start this unorthodox dish by concocting a marinade that features sugar, olive oil, white vinegar, cayenne and salt.

    After removing the tails from the shrimps and patting them dry, we wrap bacon (which we of course already grilled) around them, secured in place by toothpicks.

    These breathtaking skewers then rest on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes depending on preferred crispiness.

    Surf and turf to perfection.


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