5 Tailgating Recipes to Try This Season

As the temperatures drop and the leaves change to eye-popping shades of orange, yellow and red, it can only mean one thing. No, the answer is not Pumpkin Spice Lattes, at least not for this exercise. Try again.

It’s football season. Whether you can’t remember the difference between an extra-point and a field goal or you could trump every ESPN employee at a game of Football Trivial Pursuit, there’s something fun about getting out to MetLife Stadium to cheer on the Jets or Giants or heading to your alma mater for a healthy dose of nostalgia. And if there’s one thing fans of all teams can agree on, it’s that tailgating is more than half the fun of the game-day experience. It’s an excuse to keep your grill out well past summer barbecue season and indulge in the finer delicacies in life, you know, like burgers, tortilla chips, wings and of course, beer.

This season, take your pre-gaming to the next level with these five tailgating recipes.

Crown Maple Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs

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Crown Maple Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs

Because maple syrup is way too rich and complex in flavor to simply be reserved for pancakes. Get the recipe.

Mini Sloppy Joe Phyllo Cups

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Mini Sloppy Joe Phyllo Cups

These Mini Sloppy Joe Phyllo Cups, dreamt up by Athens Foods, would be too adorable to gobble up if they weren’t so good. Get the recipe

Bloody Mary

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Start the tailgate with a bloody mary (credit: chinet)

Starting early? Mix up a Bloody Mary and tame the hair of the dog from Friday night’s happy hour. Get the recipe.

Bacon and Cheddar Dip with Almonds

Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads Bacon and Cheddar Dip with Almonds

Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads Bacon and Cheddar Dip with Almonds

This year, go off the sour-cream-and-salsa-beaten path by whipping up a Stonefire Authentic Flatbreads dip that combines three tailgating staples: bacon, cheddar and almonds. Get the recipe.

Sapporo Chili

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When the temps dip, turn to chili

As the temperatures begin to plummet, warm up with a bowl of this mouthwatering chili that will keep you in the tailgating game all day long. Get the recipe.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.