What are your favorite tailgate recipes?


For some years now, DC United’s Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava have set the standard for pre-game tailgating in MLS.

As a DC fan this season, I’ve learned to appreciate the “smaller things” in soccer my soccer experience as opposed to actual goals, talent, or even effort out of my home town team. These things include a rare nice day in amongst the rain and staggering humidity, standing in a part of RFK that doesn’t collapse, watching the opposition’s coach make moves and adjustments that indicate a degree of tactical knowledge and of course, the tailgate before the match.

That brings me to this important question. What are your favorite tailgating recipes? Feel free to put your recipes in the comments and even include pics. I want to see what folks around the country are cooking and eating.

Please note, the beer discussion will come later next week, so let’s save those recommendations for then.

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9 thoughts on “What are your favorite tailgate recipes?

  1. You need to stay up with the times. The Seattle crowd has already declared tailgating is for hopeless rubes. Pre-game gathering in a bar (pub) is the only option for real soccer fans.

    But what does one do with the hot ashes when the game starts?

  2. Nonsense. It’s great that there are like 30 pubs within walking distance of Qwest, but I wish we could tailgate like you guys. It’s verboten.

  3. Weak. There’s nothing wrong with pre gaming at a pub, but how is tailgating behind the times? Do you like paying for overpriced beer?

  4. We’ll see how many pubs you can visit in Chester next year.

    As for the actual question, burgers and dogs are staples. But I do like bratwurst as an alternative. Most importantly, my fav tailgate food is COOKED food, not raw hamburgers!

    I’m very interested in hearing what others have to say on this subject, we are looking for more recipes.

  5. Wings Of A Sparrow Fajitas

    Ingredients:1/8 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    3 tablespoons liquid smoke
    2 cups Sunny Delight (Original)
    2 bay leaf
    1/2 teaspoon powdered Habanero pepper
    Salt and pepper
    4 pounds skirt or flank steak (For feeding the masses, cheap sirloin can work as well.)
    1 bottle Italian dressing

    Bring all of the ingredients listed above the steak to a boil, and simmer until the flavors are married together. Allow the marinade to cool, then stir in the italian dressing and add the steak. Leave to sit 2-4 hours (overnight is better) and then grill, slice and enjoy..

  6. Badass Chicken Wings. Involves some prep time to cut the drumette from the wing part. Then apply healthy doses of dry rub – Tony Chachere’s, Cavender’s Greek, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, possibly a little cinnamon sugar.

    Prepare glaze. The more sugary, the better. Coca-Cola is an old soul food secret. It caramelizes very well. Also BBQ sauce(s), ketchup, cholula, orange juice, soy sauce.

    Place wings over medium high heat. After the first flip, begin applying glaze. Continue each flip until the wings are done, and the glaze is crispy black caramelized. Eat and love life.

  7. Rolled Beef covered in Massa de Pimentao

    I marinate the meat first in a vinegar/ soy mixture. I then create the massa in a blender. You can invent your own blend. It’s basically pepper, garlic, and other herbs and spices. Cover the meat and then tie it into a roll. Grill and eat. Dee-lish.

  8. Down in Texas we’ve got these iron jalapeno holders to place in the grill but you could easily do it with a vegetable rack. Take a load of jalapenos (usually 24 b/c that’s what my rack holds) and slice them down the middle to the stem and take out all the seeds (unless you love pain). This part sucks and you may choose to wear rubber gloves. Then stuff the jalapenos with cream cheese. Take a package of bacon and slice them in half. Wrap a half slice of bacon around each jalapeno and stick a toothpick through the middle to hold it together. Grill it until the bacon is cooked (the jalapeno may turn black in places and that’s ok). The longer you cook the jalapeno the less hot it will be so take that for what its worth. These bad boys are quite popular.

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