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Are You Ready for Some Football? Try These Game Day Grill Recipes

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The NFL preseason is underway and it’s time to start planning for game day. Not sure when that is? We’ve got you covered. 

Thursday, August 11 The Baltimore Ravens take on the Tennessee Titans.

Saturday, August 13 The Washington Commanders face the Carolina Panthers. 

If you have tickets to either of these home games, start planning your tailgate party with these game-day grill recipes. Don’t have tickets? No worries. Host your tailgate party on the patio while you grill in your outdoor kitchen and watch the game on your outdoor TV. 

Whether you’re using a portable grill in the stadium parking lot or grilling in the comfort of your own home, these grill recipes will score some compliments.

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Grilled Sausage and Apple Slaw Subs

Skip the burgers and go for real flavor with grilled sausage and apple slaw subs. When we say sausage, we’re talking German sausage – bratwurst to be exact. Make the slaw ahead of time and keep it chilled until the brats are perfectly grilled. 

Chili Cheese Dogs

While it’s not cold enough yet to make a crockpot full of chili for your game day get-together, chili cheese dogs are a great way to bring chili into the mix. And need we mention, these go great with your favorite beer.  

Grilled Veggie Quesadillas

For your family members or tailgate party guests who like to eat healthier, try out these grilled veggie quesadillas. You’ll want to slice and prep the veggies ahead of time (put them in gallon Zip-Loc bags) so they’re ready to toss on the grill.

Crunchy Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers

These jalapeno poppers are better than anything you’ll find in the frozen food section. We promise. We have two words for you. Bacon and cheese. Yum! While they’re not made on the grill, they’re so good we decided to include the recipe. You can prepare the peppers and the cheese and bacon mixture ahead of time, and then pop them in the oven just before people start arriving at your home.

Here’s a grilling recipe with a similar flavor profile – bacon cheddar jalapenos. 

Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs

Here’s another game-day food idea where you can prep everything ahead of time for easy transport in a cooler to the stadium, or to keep in the fridge in your outdoor kitchen. Grill time for these honey-glazed chicken kabobs is only 10 minutes. 

Teriyaki Shish Kabobs

In keeping with the kabob theme for a moment, the beef cubes for these teriyaki shish kabobs need to marinate overnight, so plan accordingly. For proper cooking, you’ll thread the beef and vegetables on separate skewers.

This is just a sampling of some great tailgate grill recipes that you can do at the stadium or at home. We’re sure you have your traditional favorites, but sometimes it’s fun to add something new to the mix. Here’s to good food and great football!

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