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Tailgating Recommendations from the Boys at Becks

The Origin of Tailgating

The first tailgate for a college football game took place, as you might suspect, at the very first football game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.  The fans put on their team colors and enjoyed pre-game food and drink outside the field of play.

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The actual term “tailgating” is credited to Green Bay Packer fans during the team’s first year in existence in 1919. Back then, the fans would back their pickup trucks around the field and fold down their tailgates for seating.  Food and beverages accompanied these fans to each contest making for a fun day for all.

Tailgating Is HUGE

Today’s top tailgate sites dwarf the original event in numbers, scope and elaborate preparation of food and tailgate set ups.  Tailgating seems to be most associated with attending college and NFL football games, but the convenience and fun of tailgating can be seen at almost any outdoor event that takes place when the weather is nice.

The Key to a Great Tailgate Party

Regardless of the importance of the outcome of the game, the weather, or the magnitude of the rivalry between the competitors, the key to a great tailgate is the food.  With the football season now officially underway, the Boys from Becks would like to pass on their recommendations for tailgate foods and their recipes.

We’ll admit they are basic and spicy, heavy on the grilled meat and light on veggies.  But what would you expect from a bunch of guys.

Beck’s Top Tailgate Foods


Beer Brats

Beer and brats go together like peanut butter and jelly.  When cooked together it makes for a winning combination. To make some of the best beer brats we’ve found go to Beck’s Recipes.

Buffalo Wings

What tailgate would be complete without some spicy, flavorful buffalo chicken wings.  Here’s a simple and quick recipe to a great pre-game appetizer.  See Beck’s Recipes for this treat.

Chili (and not just any chili)

On those cold football weekends, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of steaming chili.  We found a great recipe for Boilermaker Tailgate Chili for all our Purdue fans.  We’re sure there is a comparable version for Indiana fans, but we couldn’t find it.  Sorry.    Go to Beck’s Recipes for the details.


Chicken Skewers

Here’s another great idea that doesn’t require you to put down you beer while you eat.  Chicken skewers off the grill are great anytime, but they really hit the spot as a quick bite to eat before kick-off.  Check them out at Beck’s Recipes.

Dark Beer Baked Beans

Since every meal should include a vegetable we thought our version of baked beans would work, as long as baked beans are really a vegetable.  Being outside is a plus when eating baked beans so we are passing on our recommendation at Beck’s Recipes.

What to Drink???

We’ll leave the choice of beer up to you.  Enjoy!

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