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Grilled Foods for Tailgating

Whether you are an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan, Saturdays are known for football and grilling. Finger foods are perfect for keeping football party guests happy during and after the game. They are portable, easy to handle, and offer guests the option to try a wide variety of foods. The possibilities are endless – meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables of all types imaginable can be engineered to be grill friendly. Here are a few ideas that will help make your football party a TOUCHDOWN (even if your team loses).

  • Roll pieces of sausage in thin bacon, use a toothpick to hold it together, sprinkle with brown sugar. Grill on low heat until the sausage and bacon are fully cooked.
  • Slice jalapenos long ways, remove the seeds, fill with a mixture of cream and cheddar cheeses, throw in bacon bits and top with a dash of Cajun seasoning for a special twist. Grill until the cheese has melted and slightly brown on top. This time of year jalapenos can be super-hot. Try parboiling them before stuffing to reduce the heat.
  • Slice peppers, mushrooms, okra, tomatoes, squash, and anything else in your vegetable garden. Marinate for a few minutes in your favorite mixture (Italian dressing works great). Grill until light brown.
  • Wild game is another grilling favorite. Try using small strips of venison cubed steak to wrap a slice of jalapeno and chunk of cream cheese. Then wrap the venison in bacon. Put a toothpick through the middle to hold everything together. Grill until the venison and bacon are fully cooked. Dove breasts are also very tasty prepared this way.
  • Sliced pineapple, peaches, and strawberries can be put directly on the grill for a unique finger food. This sweet treat will be sure to be a hit.
  • For the kids, try something simple like pieces of hot dog on a toothpick.
  • For dessert, s’mores are excellent to grill. Just put a little chocolate and marshmallow between 2 graham crackers and then warm until melted.

Food items such as these are great to cook a few at a time throughout the game. You can impress guests by passing them around on a plate and surprising guests with new items every so often. The great thing about all of these ideas is that the prep can be done a day ahead of time so that your cook isn’t stuck in the kitchen all day. Still, be sure to position the grill so that the cook can see the game!