What to Grill at a Football Tailgate

Football season is here, and let’s cut to the chase— you’re here to know what to grill at a football tailgate.

Even though I love football season, and more than that I love tailgate food. But in all honesty, we like things that take up minimal effort such as make-ahead tailgate food.

Not only have we included 4 grilled meat recipes, but 1 non-grill sauce recipe as well.

Choose innovative recipes for great grilling and get compliments from your mates on the healthy and delicious tailgate food you have made for them. More importantly, don’t forget to check out tips & tricks for what to grill at a football tailgate at the end.


Well then, let’s get started!

 1. Grilled Chicken Quarters: The best make-ahead tailgate food!

Raise your hands if you like juicy grilled chicken breasts, because I know I do. The Grilled Chicken Quarters recipe is perfect for when you want to get everything ready beforehand so all you do it take out the marinated chicken and start grilling.


  1. 3 tbsp salt
  2. 1 tbsp brown sugar (finely grained)
  3. 1 tsp paprika
  4. 1 tsp pepper
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp olive oil
  7. 6 chicken leg quarters cut nicely



Get-going with the process by finely cutting up the chicken leg quarters. Make sure to puncture holes inside the chicken so when you marinate it, the goodness and the yummy taste filled inside.

Next, take a large bowl and mix the ingredients. Please ensure that all ingredients are fully incorporated into each other and are mixed together like glue.

At this time, add chicken it in and refrigerate it for four hours. You can also marinate it overnight and then grill at the football tailgate.

After marinating it for 4 hours (or more!) neatly pack the whole ingredients in a zip lock bag, and place it in an iced cooler.


Oil the grill and preheat it for 10 minutes. Grill chicken for 25- 30 minutes (including both sides). Along with it, make sure to shift the chicken upside down after every 7 minutes. This will ensure that the chicken is cooked nice and tender.

Last but not the least, to check if the chicken is cooked, insert a toothpick. The chicken that has been cooked properly comes out clean, whereas uncooked chicken is pink and looks raw.

This is the easiest football tailgate recipe there is.


2. Glazed Sweet Chilli Steaks: For a healthy football tailgate menu

Looking for a yummy option to brighten up the summer evening? Here’s a recipe for healthy tailgate food.


  1. 2 tbsp dried chili seeds
  2. 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  3. 2 tbsp oregano
  4. 6 tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp salt
  6. 1 tbsp pepper
  7. 1 tbsp brown sugar (ground)
  8. 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  9. 4 chicken steaks


Add dried chili seeds in 1 cup water and heat it for 5 minutes. Moreover, add crushed garlic, salt, and pepper and stir on low heat. Additionally, add brown sugar. After the sauce becomes bubbly, add cider vinegar and switch off the flame.

Marinate chicken steaks in the sauce for 4 hours. Likewise, use olive oil to brush the chicken and to the grill to add a healthy dose of the tailgate in your menu.


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3. Grilled Lamb Chops: Easy tailgating food



  1. 1 cup olive oil
  2. 1 tbsp black pepper
  3. 1 tbsp white pepper
  4. 1 tbsp paprika sauce
  5. 4 lamb rib chops


Brush the lamb chops with olive oil and season with black pepper, white pepper, and paprika sauce.

Grill them at a high temperature for 40 minutes. Make sure to turn them now and then. Voila, your healthy and tasty football tailgate food is ready!

4. Grilled Sausage: Quick Football Tailgate Menu Edition

You won’t have to make a lot of effort into this recipe. This is why we declare it the easiest football tailgate recipe for this football season.


  1. 4 sausages
  2. 1 cup tamarind sauce
  3. 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp pepper
  5. 1 tbsp salt


Create a mixture of tamarind sauce, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Cook it on medium to low heat.

Grill the sausages as they are for 40 minutes and enjoy with tamarind and pepper sauce. Thank me later when all your friends are licking the sauce off their fingers and complimenting the chef.

5. Buffalo Chicken Dip: The tailgate dip we all love!

Assuming that you are a fan of yummy tailgate dips, you will love the buffalo chicken dip recipe. Obviously, football season is incomplete without a good buffalo chicken dip. Furthermore, the best part about it is that its tailgate food that can sit out and not get spoiled


  1. 10 ounces of chicken chunks
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened and stirred properly
  3. 1 cup canned ranch dressing
  4. 3 tbsp red pepper sauce
  5. 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  6. 2 tbsp jalapenos
  7. 1 packet crackers or store-bought tacos


Commence the action by mixing ranch dressing and cream cheese in a bowl. In the same way, add red pepper sauce.

Subsequently, garnish ½ cup cheddar cheese over it and shift the whole mixture to a cooking pan. Consequently. heat up the mixture stir slowly. When the sauce gets thick, add the remaining cheddar cheese and sprinkle jalapenos.

Serve with crackers or tacos. To conclude, this is hands-down, the best no grill football tailgate recipe you’ll find.


Tips & Tricks:

  1. Always go for easy recipes that can be packed and stored. Moreover, use a zip-lock bag to store marination.
  2. Don’t forget the essentials such as tissue papers. You can use tissue paper to strain off the oil from the grilled meat.
  3. Keep a toolbox packed with tailgating cooking utensils in your car’s trunks. Additionally, you can get pocket-sized grilling tools as well.
  4. Take a small fan with you as they would help you avoid hot flashes of heat while grilling.
  5. It should be noted that tailgate is supposed to be fun for everyone, not just your guests. Work on alternative turns between your friends for grilling to double the fun and excitement
  6. If you’re afraid of meat going bad after some time then use ice cubes packed in a cooler to refrigerate it.



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