Best Grills for Tailgating + 5 Easy Tailgating Recipes



Tailgating is best known in the context of football, team affiliation, and do-or-die spectatorship - but as tailgating season rolls around, we’re advocating for a more modern version of this beloved fall pastime. The tailgating traditions of friends, food, and frosty-cold beers offer a welcome break from routine and a chance to spend quality time together. A tailgate party can be exactly that: Mingling with your friends and family, enjoying hearty food and game time appetizers (often cooked outside on a prized tailgate grill). It's a backyard BBQ with a twist.

The best tailgating grills are made up of a few elements: portability, functionality, and versatility. Whether you’re in charge of the burgers or providing some sides, the grill system you’re using can make or break your tailgating experience.




Best Tailgate Grills

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Best Tailgate Grills


Classic Fire Pit

The ultimate in classic functionality, the original firepit is the perfect portable tailgate grill. Toast marshmallows, cozy up on a chilly evening, or add a simple grill grate and master the evening’s burgers and brats. Nothing fancy, nothing complex - just the necessities you know and love.



Cowboy Grill (23")

The 23” Cowboy Grill is an upgraded alternative to a traditional BBQ. It consists of a steel firepit bowl with adjustable legs that take it from bonfire mode to a functional grill. The Cowboy Grill system also comes with a grate for grilling and a suspension bar, so you can hang a Dutch oven or pot over top of the grill itself for lower, more-controlled heat - and diversify the tailgating meals you’re equipped to make.



All-In-One Grill

The All-in-One Grill is the ultimate outdoor cooking system - and it combines both flexibility and convenience to make your tailgating experience a successful one. There’s a variety of pieces that you can mix and match to fit your unique cooking situation: the base of the grill is wok-shaped, allowing you to produce an awesome stir fry - or utilize it like a dutch oven, mastering a hearty chili or fondue. For more traditional tailgating food, use the grill grate for burgers or chicken - or the baking steel to warm tortillas for delicious street tacos.

The options are endless - but most importantly, the AIO Grill is convenient and easy to use. Plus, each added component of the grill system packs into the grill base for a kit that’s easy to transport and takes up minimal space.



5 Easy Grill Recipes for Tailgating

The top tailgating tradition that stands the test of time is food: specifically, delicious and easy-to-prepare comfort food that makes great memories and feeds a crowd. We’ve assembled some quick & easy recipes that come out perfectly on the grill.



The Ultimate Outdoor Burger

The Ultimate Outdoor Burger

Where there are grills, there must be burgers. Here’s our recipe for what we believe to be the best, complete with delicious grilled toppings that upgrade the experience and take your burger from good to great. >>> Get The Recipe




Dutch Oven Nachos

Dutch Oven Nachos

Crunchy, melty nachos are always a hit. This recipe requires you to bring along a Dutch oven (or other grill-safe pot or pan) for easy, mess-free cooking - and best of all, nachos work great as either an appetizer or a full meal. The toppings are up to you! >>> Get The Recipe




5 Foods To Roast On A Stick

5 Foods To Roast On A Stick

You’re probably familiar with roasting s’mores, hotdogs and the occasional kebab over a grill or open fire. But those treats are just the beginning! We cover mains, appetizers, and dessert in this creative list. >>> Get The Recipes




Carne Asada Street Tacos

Carne Asada Street Tacos

This recipe takes a little bit of prep: mix your spices, get your veggies chopped in advance and be sure to marinate your flank steak for maximum flavor. But once ten-minute-tasks are done, it’s full speed ahead to incredibly flavorful carne asada! >>> Get The Recipe




Bourbon-soaked BBQ Chicken Wings

Bourbon-Soaked BBQ Chicken Wings

Wings are the ultimate tailgating food - and a homemade BBQ sauce (with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry) kicks this recipe up to truly spectacular. >>> Get The Recipe

 

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