Tailgating Tips, Recipes & Wine Pairings

With the changing of the leaves comes the start of football season, and that means tailgating! Are you the Grill Master this year? The Chef in the kitchen, the over-excited Super Fan, the Pre-Game DJ? Whatever your tailgating party role, Purple Cowboy wants to help you prepare, at home and by the field. So whip out those coolers, grills and team jerseys – let’s get cookin’!

Let’s face it, the best part of tailgating is the food. The smell of chili cooking, those pre-game baked jalapeño popper appetizers, chips, dip, deviled eggs… and brats and burgers. Let’s amp up that tailgating game with these munchables and party hacks!

A Super Game-Day Guacamole Recipe!

Finger foods are a necessity for any game-day party and we found a tasty DIY guacamole recipe that your friends won’t be able to resist! Get the recipe from Emerging Foodie.

Emerging Foodie Guacamole recipe

Bacon Ranch Grilled Jalapeños
Add an oh-so-cheesy and spicy pop to your tailgating party with this simple “Bacon Ranch Grilled Jalapeños” recipe by Inside BruCrew Life. These poppers take 20 minutes on the grill and will be a total hit on game day. Plus, you can never go wrong with bacon bits!

The Nacho Hot Dog
Prepare to be the envy of every tailgater.  We found you the best, and tastiest grilling recipe around. With equal parts crunch, guacamole and juicy hot dog, your main entrée on game-day… is served. Via A Spicy Perspective.



Game-Day Cupcakes

Can’t forget dessert! Gobble up some little football-field cupcakes during your tailgating party! They’ll spruce up your football decor and fix your sweet tooth after all those brats and salty hors d’oeuvres, check out this simple recipe by Miss Make.

Game Day is Wine Time

We’ve also found a quick guide to help you choose the right wine for your party. From your burgers to your desserts, this cheat sheet will help you find the perfect pair. Cabernet pairs best with bold flavors, so you’ll want to pair your Purple Cowboy with foods including burgers, BBQ ribs, chili and steaks.

wine sisterhood wine checklist

For your  shopping list,  the Wine Sisterhood made it even easier for your party preperation created this handy dandy Tailgating Checklist:

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For more tailgating tips and tricks check out the Wine Sisterhood blog post: “Toast to Tailgating Season.”  And if you’re looking for Pinsperation, check out the “It’s Tailgating Time” board on Pinterest!

Take photos while you’re out tailgating this season, upload them to Instagram and you could win Wine Sisterhood goodies! Here’s how it works: Share your favorite football and tailgating photos with the Wine Sisterhood on Instagram by tagging @winesisterhood and using the #tailgatingtime hashtag in the caption of your images.  Get all the details here.

We’re so ready for fall, so let’s hut, hut, hut and PARTY!