9 Tailgating Recipes to Get You Ready for the Big Game

Gather around the grill with friends for a Super Bowl feast.

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Sausages on Bretzels with Beer-Braised Onions

It’s not a tailgate without some good brats—at least if you’re in the Upper Midwest, that is. But this recipe is extra special: A generous brush of garlic butter gives each link added flavor before it’s nestled into its bun and devoured.

Maple-Sriracha Devils on Horseback

The perfect union of sweet, salty, smoky, spicy, and savory in these bacon-wrapped dates—stuffed with blue cheese and glazed with a maple-sriracha—will make for the most addicting snack at your tailgate.

Grilled Steak Kebabs with Chimichurri Sauce

As you prepare to watch America’s biggest game, it doesn’t hurt to seek a little inspiration from abroad. In Argentina, they’re masters of grilling steak, and one of their great contributions to cuisine is chimichurri, a fresh and herbaceous sauce that you ladle over your perfectly charred meat before serving.

Beef and Pork Chili

Maybe the ideal way to warm yourself when huddled in a cold parking lot with friends is to treat yourself to a hot bowl of chili. While this recipe doesn’t call for beans, you can always keep a separate pot of them on the side so people can ladle this meaty stew over them.

Portabello Burger

Tailgates aren’t always the most accommodating environs for vegetarians. Be the host everyone loves by offering a meatless option like this pesto-covered portabello burger.

Jalepeño Popper Cheese Football

There is nothing more American than sitting down with friends on Super Bowl Sunday to consume a ball of cheese in the shape of a football. Serve this with your favorite chips, vegetables, or even sliced apples.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders

To get your buffalo wing fix without getting sauce all over your fingers and face, serve these spicy sliders. (Though we suggest serving them with blue cheese dressing instead of ranch to add a little more authenticity.)

Coca Cola Grilled Ribs

You’ll parboil these ribs ahead of time to introduce flavor and tenderize the meat until it nearly falls off the bone. Then, you’ll finish them on the grill to impart some smoke and delicious charred flavor.

Chocolate Football Cookies

We decree that on Super Bowl Sunday, all desserts must be football shaped. If you argue with us and we’ll throw an unsportsmanlike conduct flag at you.