The Twelfth Man's Wings
From Southern Living
, the Twelfth Man’s Wings are a sweet yet spicy addition to any Texas tailgate, even if there is not an Aggie in sight.
Being on the gulf coast, grilled shrimp is a common treat at Texas tailgates. Add bacon and jalapeños to it and you can just forget about the game, that right there is going to be your main event. This recipe was developed by Texans’ favorite grocery store, H-E-B. It only has five ingredients and for the impression it will make on your guests, it’s deceptively simple to make. Get the recipe here.
Diana Herrin of Midlothian said of her award-winning BEVOrzo Salad recipe, “I can make it ahead, it actually sneaks in a few vegetables, and because the dressing is a lemon vinaigrette, I don’t have to worry if it stays out of the ice chest while the crowd finishes it off.” The recipe was printed in the Fort Worth Star Telegram
in 2010, and is named for the University of Texas mascot, Bevo.
No Texas tailgate would be complete without some form of adult beverage. The Mexican Martini is a uniquely Texan libation which is sort of like if a margarita and a martini had a baby. A dangerously delicious baby. Try to stick to two if you want to be able to remember the game tomorrow. This recipe is from Five Heart Home
and is similar to the famous Mexican Martinis sold at Austin eatery Trudy’s.
Texas Tailgate Burger
Food 52 blogger aargersi created this Texas Tailgate Burger which rolls all your tailgating cravings into one epic feat of burger art. This masterpiece of burgers includes barbecue sauce and sweet onions as well as the required Texas addition of jalapeños. Iceberg lettuce and the added surprise of kettle chips (in
the burger, not
on the side!) makes this burger the perfect addition to your tailgate. Check out the recipe here.
Sweet and Spicy Texas Brisket
Here in Texas, tailgating isn’t an all-day affair. In Texas, tailgating is more like an all-weekend affair, which is why you’ll have plenty of time to cook up some tender, mouth-watering brisket. This recipe from Texas Beef
will have you fighting other tailgaters off your grill until long after kickoff.
Bob Armstrong Dip
Obviously any Texas tailgate party worth its salt is going to have some queso. The best recipe in the state is quite possibly that of Matt Martinez’s Bob Armstrong dip. The recipe, and the story about how the dip came into being can be found on Homesick Texan
German Potato Salad
Forget the mayo vs. mustard debate. In Texas we eschew the condiments altogether in favor of the more vinegary German potato salad. This recipe, from Texas Monthly
, is adapted from the cookbook Cuisine, Texas: A Multiethnic Feast
, by Joanne Smith and Mary Faulk, and it is absolutely heavenly.
Don’t even show up to the parking lot without some chili. It’s Texas, it’s Fall, without chili, you’re liable to be kicked out before kickoff. This recipe is simple enough even if you’re a first-time chili maker. Found on Texascooking.com
, it’s true to Texas form, and does not contain any beans.
Another tailgating hit, this fish taco recipe from H-E-B
uses tilapia and cole slaw to make a definitively Texan dish. Move beyond traditional football fare with this easy yet delicious treat, popular at football games statewide.
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Photo: Steven Leggett
A Texas tailgate is a thing of beauty. Tailgating is so advanced now that it sometimes doesn’t even include actual tailgates. At colleges and professional stadiums all across the state, you will find elaborate setups that include multiple grills, picnic tables, chairs, tents and kegs. Gone are the days of simply sitting in your truck bed with your friends listening to the game on the radio. Pro tailgaters camp out in the parking lot for hours set up with a generator and a flatscreen to broadcast the game to their buddies. You can’t have a tailgate party without food, of course, and a Texas tailgate needs Texas foods. Check out this list to see how you can make your next Texas tailgate a huge hit!