Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Turn Up Your Tailgate

Aug 31, 2015 04:31AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) Dust off the grill and get those favorite barbecue recipes ready – it’s tailgating time! Whether watching at home or at the stadium, big games provide ample opportunities for entertaining and nothing brings friends together like grilled dishes, flavorful sides and delicious drinks.

For many, watching the game is only half the experience. The tailgate is the main event and the fun and rivalry it brings is just as important as watching the game. Just as players work hard to prepare football formations, fans are just as focused on preparations for the big party.

When it comes to planning your tailgate menu, grilled fare is always a winning choice. While beer has historically reigned supreme as the game day beverage pairing, more fans are looking to mix things up. Here are some tailgate pairings sure to score big with guests at your next game day celebration:

  • Beef
    Classic selections such as juicy ribs and hamburgers are common fixtures on many tailgating menus. Try creating your own marinades with ingredients like honey, sweet chili sauce, ground ginger or Creole seasoning. Put a personal spin on classic hamburgers by serving them with interesting toppings like cherry chutney, smoky chili or creamy beer cheese.

    For side options, consider slow-cooked baked beans, jalapeno cornbread muffins or crunchy slaw tossed with a fresh lemon dressing. Bring out the richness of red meats with a glass of Yellow Tail Big Bold Red, which serves up flavors of dark fruits, a hint of spice and bold oak notes.

  • Chicken
    Whether its wings or sandwiches, chicken is typically on the game day menu, but that doesn’t have to mean boring. Add some extra zing to everyone’s favorite white meat with a spicy curry rub or Asian-inspired marinade blend. Serve these dishes with a side of cucumber or cold pasta tossed with roasted red pepper, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Not sure of a beverage selection? Pair your poultry with a sweet moscato or bottled sangria.
  • Seafood
    Some fans may need a break from the fried foods that grace the tailgate spread. Give guests the option of lighter fare with grilled seafood entrees such as salmon filets with avocado relish or grilled tequila-lime shrimp skewers. As a side, pair your favorite seafood selections with easy-to-grill veggies like corn, zucchini and yellow squash. Refresh your palate with a glass of crisp white wine such as Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio, which features refreshing green apple and pear flavors.

Whether celebrating at home or away, remember you can still impress your tailgating teammates with a championship-worthy spread. Leave the competition in the dust by putting your own spin on some grilled favorites, and you’re sure to be the game day MVP. For more entertaining ideas, visit yellowtailwine.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (women tailgating)

Sponsored by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline

Family Features Family Features Food
  • Don't miss out on the awesome opportunity to compete in your local Senior Games! Registration is ...


  • Half Day Adventure Camps

    02/27/2018
    08:00AM

    Get your kids outdoors in these completely outdoor half-day camps. Campers will interact and disc...


  • Agripreneur Workshop Series

    02/27/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and other crops into a sustainable agricul...


  • Beginner Belly Dance Class

    02/27/2018
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always wanted to learn to belly dance but were too nervous to give it a try? Stop waiti...


  • Social Media & E-Commerce Workshop

    02/26/2018
    09:30PM — 03:00PM

    The CDDC is hosting a workshop titled Grow Your Business through Social Media and E- Commerce....


  • Agripreneur Workshop Series

    02/27/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and other crops into a sustainable agricul...


  • Ages Walking-3 years with caregiver - Stories, songs, finger plays and more, followed by playtime...


  • Traveling exhibition Program: The Way We Worked

    03/01/2018
    11:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum and the Cabarrus County Public Libraries are collaborating...


  • STEAM with the Library

    03/02/2018
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Ages 5-12 — Drop in for some STEAM activities. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).


  • Jim Avett grew up in a home surrounded by music. He never quit playing, but for 35 years he put p...


  • EPIC MUD MAZE at Hodges Farm

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM

    Welcome to EPIC MUD MAZE! We are the first and only company in the World to host MUD MAZE Events!...


  • The Listening Room

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM

    The Listening Room gives local creatives the opportunity to perform on the Davis Theatre stage. ...


  • Veterans Breakfast

    03/12/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    Come enjoy breakfast and socializing with other Veterans & spouses from around the area every 2nd...


Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!

Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors