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Tailgating Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Bread

This pull apart BBQ Chicken Bread is a hit. But disclosure, only for friends you are willing to get dirty with. There’s no way to dig in and not get a little BBQ sauce under your nails and cheese on your fingers. With the right group of friends, it’s a hit!

Philly Cheesesteak Fries

We all know how much I love a good tailgating snack. And these Philly cheesesteak fries are perfect for tailgating! They’re a super quick and easy version of the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich. They require just 5 ingredients and can be cooked in 30 minutes!

Smoked Pit Beef Sandwich

We love tailgate cooking, and this sandwich is a perfect recipe to bring on your next tailgating trip. Simply make the sandwich as directed, wrapping in foil and heating over indirect heat on your grill.

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

Looking for a great appetizer? Garlic Parmesan Wings are the ultimate game-day snack. Golden crispy skin on the outside and tender on the inside, with a zesty creamy garlic parmesan sauce, just begging to be devoured!

Smoked Jalapeno Popper Meatballs

Like all things smoked, these little bites of Smoked Jalapeno Popper Meatballs pack a ton of primal flavor that are perfect appetizers for football or tailgating or served as a bonus flavor burst over a spicy mac and cheese.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

This is one of those get messy, dip the bread, and enjoy every spicy bite of perfectly cooked gulf shrimp in an easy but ridiculously good New Orleans BBQ Shrimp recipe that everyone can master – better yet – over the coals in cast iron.

Messy Steak Sandwiches

This is the ULTIMATE steak sandwich. Totally loaded with tons of big bold flavors, juicy beef and of course – cheese! Two hands needed and probably a dozen napkins or so. Absolutely worth it!

BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Barbecue shrimp is one of those simple and yet perfectly summer recipes. Perfect as a side dish to a masterfully grilled steak or tacos, or as a stand-alone alongside a grilled salad, this BBQ shrimp skewers recipe is an essential summer dish. And one we can’t get enough of.

Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili is a perfect hearty dish begging to be simmered in a cast-iron Dutch oven. With a thick creamy base, beans, and peppers it’s a mild blend of spice and pulled chicken to feed the family over the campfire or at a tailgate. This version has charred corn and sliced jalapenos for a little extra pop that everyone loves!

Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings

These crispy Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings are spicy, golden brown chicken wings – packed with flavor and grilled to perfection! These wings are so easy to make and perfect for game day!

Bacon-Wrapped Beer Brats

Beer and brats and bacon – what more could you ask for? Nothing beats these mouth-watering Bacon-Wrapped Beer Brats, and they’re crazy easy to make, too! Braising them in beer makes them oh-so-flavorful, and the bacon puts them over the top!

Traeger Smoked Queso with Chorizo

We wanted to know if tossing a few simple ingredients together in one pan and letting it melt on the grill really did make the best smoked queso dip. It turns out, this queso recipe stands up to the hype, making it a perfect football or party appetizer!

Choripán: Argentinian Grilled Sausage Sandwiches

Like the hot dog, the choripan is a street cart staple, at most asados (aka, BBQ), big games, tailgates, and any other casual reason to fire up a grill. And just like the hot dog, every region has its own version of what should – or should not – be on top.

Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Jalapeño Poppers

Looking for the perfect appetizer? These Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Cheddar Cheese and Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers are a 5-ingredient fan favorite. They’re made up of jalapeño, chorizo, cream cheese, and cheddar all wrapped up in perfectly cooked, crispy bacon.

Foil Packet Whiskey Brats

These easy foil-wrapped brats are the perfect way to cook hearty brats nestled over a bed of sauerkraut and whiskey before stuffing it all into buns and topping it with a rich gouda cheese sauce. This recipe takes make-ahead campfire meals or tailgating to a whole new gourmet level. But, promise, it’s effortless to make!