Not Your Typical Tailgating Menu

Fall,Featured Article,Holidays,Tailgating
August 28, 2013

A savvy tailgate menu that takes advantage of the season while keeping things creative.

Tailgating Menu
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

How do you turn a typical tailgating menu on its head? Toss out the idea of burgers and brats and re-invent barbecue sandwiches with a homemade sauce made from fresh plums and rotisserie chicken or shredded pork. Of course we’re all for keeping things compact and utensil-less, so pile the meat mixture high between two corncakes (that are gluten-free, at that) for a hip spin. Wrapped up in wax paper, these sandwiches are packable and portable.

Accompany the fruity barbecue with a creamy potato salad that rounds up the last of the garden-fresh basil, and finish with dense, chocolaty brownies or sweet popcorn brittle. Do this, and even the most tradition-rooted tailgating fans will be happy car-campers.

Plum BBQ Sauce

Plum BBQ Sauce

Toss this sauce with shredded pork or rotisserie chicken.

Gluten-Free Black Pepper-Buttermilk Corncakes

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Corncakes

Stoneground cornmeal is key to these flavorful puffs. A fleck of black pepper gives them the right bite.


Roasted Pesto Potato Salad

A fresh and light potato salad starring pine nuts and basil.

Cocoa Pecan Brownies

Cocoa Pecan Brownies

You can whip these rich brownies up in a snap, using whatever cocoa powder you have in your pantry.

Popcorn Brittle

Popcorn Brittle

Airy popcorn is the special ingredient in this irresistibly sweet and salty candy.