Who is ready for college football 2017 tailgating? Here at JONGO we definitely are! It is that glorious time of year signaled by a crisp chill in the morning and the leaves just beginning to change. It is football season and the college season is here at last and with that come some very much awaited pleasures that the football season gives us the perfect excuse to indulge in.
Whether you are on your patio or in the parking lot of your favorite teams football stadium tailgating during the college football 2017 tailgating season is a must. It is time to break out the grill and get your cooler out of the garage for it is time for good food and your favorite alcoholic beverage. We will list some of our favorites below but we would love to hear what yours are in the comments!
Beer Beer Beer!
It is as though the brewers at Founders designed this beer with the football season in mind. At 4.7% this is a low abv craft beer that you can stand to drink more than just a few. It is truly an all day drinker if you pace yourself. Coming in with 15 cans instead of the usual 12 will also make this drink last through the game. It is also usually priced very well for a craft beer but that will also depend on your area. If you like hoppy beers and want something other than the classics (which are also always a staple of tailgates) give this beer a try!
Adding grilled fruit to this sangría gives it a bit of smoky flavor that complements the red wine and brandy, but also mellows out the booziness. Citrus, apples, and grapes are grilled, then mixed into red wine, orange liqueur, brandy, and orange juice. The mix is then chilled and, right before serving, it’s topped off with sparkling wine for some extra pizazz. This easy-drinking cocktail makes a big batch, so serve it while tailgating or at a barbecue with a bunch of friends.
This recipe was featured as part of chowhound.com’s Fun and Summery Grilled Fruit Cocktails.
Don’t forget the food!
Here at JONGO we would be remise if we didn’t add a food section here to compliment our suggested drink options. As part of the college football 2017 tailgating season we suggest a little bit of a standard go to option as well as something a little bit more unique. Let us know what your favorite tailgate food is down in the comments!
Touchdown Boiler Maker Chili
2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon bacon bits
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos®
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
This will make 12 servings!
- Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
- Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.
- To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Halve and seed the jalapenos.
- Roast on a hot grill just until skins start to turn dark.
- Slice the bacon strips in half.
- Fill the jalapeno halves with cream cheese.
- Wrap halves with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven about 30 minutes or until bacon is done to your liking.
- Serve warm.
Ok those are our suggestions for food and drink for the college football 2017 tailgating season. I hope you enjoy and we really hope to hear from you below in the comments on what your favorites are. We will leave you with a little video on tailgating below to get you excited for the weekend. Don’t forget to share this with your friends!
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