Football season is less than a month away.  That magical time where where a guy can look his opponent in the eyes and know that he has bested his foe.  And this all happens in the parking lot before the game even starts.  We are talking the highly competitive sport of tailgating here.  You don’t need the $50,000 rig with satellite TV and a built in bar to win this game just some darn good food.  These are our top 5 tailgate food picks in no particular order and how we throw them down before kickoff.

  1. Chili: This is a tailgate staple and there are more ways to make it than you can shake a stick at.  We like to use our Fat Boy Cowgirl Rub to give it some extra kick.  If you make it too spicy you probably have your favorite adult beverage close by to cool it down.  The great thing about chili is that you can make it in advance because it gets better as it sits.  Just remember to reheat it properly in a pot on your grill and dig in.
  2. Hot Wings: In our opinion wings are as big of a part of the game as the forward pass.  Good thing we have a way for you to easily make the best wings this side of Buffalo.  Just grill up about 5 pounds nice and crispy then toss them in a bowl with a half cup our Fat Boy Trailblazer Wing and Hot Sauce and 1/3 cup of melted butter.  It doesn’t matter if you are on the ranch or blue cheese team these bad boys a sure fire touchdown.
  3. Chicken Skewers:  Nothing says tailgate like meat on a stick.  Just dice up some chicken breast and coat it with olive oil and Fat Boy Sweet Rub.  Stick them on skewers, grill them up and watch the crowd descend on you like a linebacker on a quarterback.  Just make sure you have a buddy that can pick up the blitz for you or you might not get one for yourself.
  4. Pulled Pork Sandwiches: This is another one that can be done a few days before the game.  Just season your pork butt with Fat Boy Premium All Purpose Rub and get it on your smoker.  For a little extra flavor add some Cowgirl Rub, Sweet Rub or Pecan Rub.  Once it gets to about 200 degrees pull it and let it rest.  After about an hour you will be able to shred it like your favorite wide receiver shreds a secondary.  Reheat in a foil pan on your grill and serve with your choice of sauce on a bun.
  5. Burgers and Brats: This time honored tradition goes back almost as far as the I back.  We season up our burgers with some Fat Boy Steak Rub and Fat Boy Angus Rub.  We also add a little Worcestershire for some added kick.  Grill these bad boys up and don’t forget bacon and cheese for the burger and peppers and onions for the brats.

There are many other time honored tailgate food traditions.  Let us know yours.