Southern-Inspired Recipes for Your Next Tailgate

December 04, 2015 Gameday Tips

A passion for both sports and food is deeply embedded in Southern culture, and nowhere is this more evident than at tailgate parties. Whether you're watching the NFL or SEC, rooting for Texas or Tennessee (or even Ohio), a taste of the South makes any pregame event special.

Sweet & Savory Chicken Wings Recipe Chicken wings are a must for any tailgate. Although Buffalo, New York, can claim its hot-sauce-infused version, Southerners have been grilling and smoking for generations.

Depending on where you live, your chicken wings might be coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. But for a genuine taste of Memphis, go for a dry rub. This dry-rubbed chicken wings recipe uses a mix of sweet and savory spices, which go into a plastic bag with the chicken to sit in the refrigerator overnight. At the tailgate, grill until cooked through and serve with baked beans.

No matter where you live in the U.S., incorporating Southern-inspired dishes into your gameday menu will guarantee a happy crowd.

Rich Texas-Style Chili Recipe Don't mess with Texas or its chili! While people all over the country argue about whose chili recipe is best, Texans know they have a great thing going. This Texas-style chili recipe adds canned beans to the traditional version for a rich, savory, easy chili that tastes like it took all day (but really takes just 35 minutes). Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese or crackers for delicious tailgate food that will appeal to everyone.

Satisfying White Chicken Chili Recipe Not into beef? That's okay. This white chicken chili recipe is an excellent, filling option. We love the green chilies and cumin, which combine for a fresh flavor. There are no tomatoes here, just chicken, great northern beans and spices. This is one of our favorite dishes to make for the big NFL game in February; it always goes fast! Like any chili recipe, it keeps well. You can make this a day or two ahead to save time the day of the party.

No matter where you live in the U.S., incorporating Southern-inspired dishes into your gameday menu will guarantee a happy crowd.

* Tip: Looking for more tailgating food and advice? We have plenty of other articles that will help you have the best gameday ever.

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