How To: Have Perfect Game Day Food

A good tailgate would not be complete without the right food.

This time of year, tailgates incorporate three important things: friends, football and food. Whether you’re firing up the grill, kicking back with a beer or preparing some finger foods, make sure to include the following items:

Grill Works

Get the party started by throwing on hot dogs, hamburgers, steak or chicken. Food from the grill is not only hot and quick, but your compact grill can easily fit into your prime tailgating location.

Finger Foods 

When you don’t have time to whip out the grill, you can never go wrong with finger foods. Whether you pick up a pizza from your favorite pizza spot or grab a few sub sandwiches, these pre-game snacks are always a crowd pleaser.

Not in the mood for pizza or sandwiches? No problem. There’s a reason why Buffalo Wild Wings is the hot spot to watch any game. To bring this delectable atmosphere to your tailgate, whip up some buffalo wings with mild sauce that will appeal to all of your friends.

On-the-Go Goodies

It wouldn’t be a pre-game party without chips and dip or cookies. If you’re pressed for time, this is the perfect contribution to make a solid tailgate. Score a touchdown with tortilla or potato chips, dip and salsa. Make sure to stock up because your friends will be piling their mouths with chips and dip during each quarter of the game.

Everyone knows you can’t show up to a tailgate empty-handed, so if you’re not a chef in the kitchen play it safe with dessert. Take the easy way out with chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin or peanut butter cookies. If you’re more of a baker, whip up some cupcakes or brownies.


The start of football season may have warm weather, but as temperatures start to drop, you will start to want something to keep you warm. Start the season off right with your favorite beer. As the weather gets cooler, pick up some hot chocolate or hot apple cider. This will give you an opportunity to indulge in your favorite fall drinks while keeping warm at tailgate.