Game Day Tailgating: A Smokin’ Hot Kick-Off

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September 2, 2017

Alabama vs Florida State
Auburn vs Georgia Southern

A Smokin’ Hot Kick-Off

It is here. It is here… It is finally here. And big teams deserve big bad tailgating fan fare. Kick-off the season & plan to make this classic game day menu filled with a few surprises. Ribs rank high in the polls but when infused with a southern-style teetotaler twist, they’re taken to a whole new realm. Auburn fanatics can finesse a slab or two with one of the competitions state pride claims. Peach Sweet Tea Ribs start with a citrus scented rub filled with all of the right fundamentals such as tea leaves, brown sugar & a blend of delicious spices to make these beauties one hot commodity. Just before removing them from the smoker, they’re slathered with a shortcut finishing sauce, a Peach Sweet Tea Glaze that uses everyday preserves as the base. The Tailgaters Quick Reference BBQ Guide will be an indispensable source at the grill all season long to get you started. For the high tide rollers, a High Tide Tailgating Platter of tantalizing delectables is in order. Alabama fanatics can ward off the snack attack by indulging in an offering that features Smoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Poppers accompanied with an array of other good game day players. Get ready to cross the plane to a sweet victory & host your best tailgating social to date.

The Game Plan

Keep the look casual by using wooden cutting boards & aluminum half sheet pans.
Cut & serve the smokin’ ribs directly on these hard working go-to’s.

Napkins & a few linens sporting team colors tucked in add effortless style.
Have several rolls of paper towels handy to keep it real.

The rib sauce & the rub can be made several days ahead of time.
Stuff the peppers up to a day before the game.
Pop them into the oven just before guests arrive.

Arrange the snack platter on an aluminum or enamelware finished tray.
Offer these delectables while the ribs are smoking to keep hungry fanatics satisfied.

Create a bar area on a small table to serve the signature cocktail.
Prepare several batches ahead & store in a cooler or in the fridge until needed.
Ice down additional beverages in wagons or tubs so guests can help themselves. 

Game Day Entertaining 2017: Peach Sweet Tea Ribs & High Tide Tailgating Platter With Smoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Poppers By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Pastry Chef Author Writer Southern Hostess Original Recipes & CraftsThe Menu

A Smokin’ Hot Kick-Off

Some of the South’s most iconic specialties star in a tailgating line up that can’t be beat. Ribs brimming with sweetness balanced by jalapeño poppers plus a few signature beverages score big to help Alabama & Auburn fanatics kick-off the season in style.

Peach Sweet Tea Ribs
High Tide Tailgating Platter
featuring
Smoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Poppers
Sharp White Cheddar * Crackers * Balsamic Red Onion Chutney * Roasted Peanuts
Yellowhammer Sweet Tea Cocktail
Magnolia Avenue Sweet Tea Cocktail

Game Day Entertaining: Peach Sweet Tea Ribs By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Pastry Chef Southern Hostess Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Tailgate Party Ideas Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickPeach Sweet Tea Ribs
makes 4 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

The thin membrane on the back side of a slab of ribs must be removed making them easier to eat when it’s mealtime. Make a few cuts with a paring knife & pull it away with your fingers. You can then season the slab as directed in the recipe.

2 cups hickory wood chips
1 {3 1/2-lb} slab St Louis-style spare or baby back ribs
The juice from 1/2 of a lemon
Sweet Tea-Citrus Rub
Peach Sweet Tea Glaze

Soak the hickory wood chips in water for 30 minutes. Drain. Place the chips in heavy-duty foil & make a packet. Poke a few holes in the foil. Set aside. Pull the thin membrane from the backside of the ribs. Squeeze the lemon juice on both sides of the ribs. Pat the Sweet Tea-Citrus Rub on both sides of the ribs.

Add the packet of wood chips to the grill or smoker. Place the ribs over indirect heat, about 225 to 275 degrees. Check the progress every 30 minutes. Be sure the side closest to the heat isn’t cooking too quickly. Rotate the ribs if necessary. Cook the ribs over indirect heat 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 185 to 190 degrees. You’re looking for a pink smoke ring in the pork. Pinch the ribs with tongs after 2 hours. They should be tender enough to give easily with a slight tug. Meanwhile, prepare the Peach Sweet Tea Glaze & brush over the ribs. Cover with the lid & cook an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes, then cut & serve.

The Extra Point

Ribs pair well with many of our top picks. They can be served with a variety of other appetizers or more traditional barbecue side dishes such as deviled eggs & potato salad. Change up the overall flavor of this recipe by using your favorite preserves for an equally winning taste. Cherry preserves or orange marmalade would make for fine substitutions.

Game Day Entertaining: Citrus-Sweet Tea BBQ Rub By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Birmingham Alabama Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tailgate Party Ideas Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Raycom Sports

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickSweet Tea-Citrus Rub
makes about 1/2 cup

Game Changer 

Add a smoky element to the rub by replacing the ground red pepper with ground chipotle pepper.

2 family-size tea bags
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
The zest from 1 lemon
The juice from 1/2 of a lemon

Cut the tea bags open & empty the tea leaves into a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients & combine well. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Try the rub on chicken wings. Brush with the Peach Sweet Tea Glaze just before removing them from the grill.

Game Day Entertaining: Peach Sweet Tea Glaze By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Birmingham Alabama Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Raycom Sports

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickPeach Sweet Tea Glaze
makes about 3/4 cup

Run The Option

Try adding a more pungent flavor to the glaze by substituting minced shallot for the sweet onion.

1/2 cup boiling water
1 family-size tea bag
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp minced sweet onion
1/2 cup peach preserves
The juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp ketchup
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Pour the water over the tea bag. Steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bag. Set aside. Sauté the onion in the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over Medium-High heat 3 minutes or until softened. Deglaze the pan with the tea concentrate & cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in the peach preserves, the lemon juice, the ketchup & the pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally & cook 30 seconds. Remove from the heat. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Brush the glaze over pork tenderloin or grilled chicken for an effortless weeknight supper.

High Tide Tailgating Platter By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Pastry Chef Southern Hostess Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham AlabamaHigh Tide Tailgating Platter
featuring
Smoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Poppers
Sharp White Cheddar * Crackers * Balsamic Red Onion Chutney * Roasted Peanuts

Create an offering of delectables for football fanatics to enjoy while the main course is smoking. Jalapeño poppers are ready in no time & can be prepared well in advance. While they’re baking, arrange a selection of nibbles on a tray. Saltine crackers topped with ultra sharp white Cheddar cheese & an Alabama original, Holmsted Fines Balsamic Red Onion Chutney, get this tailgate underway quickly. The bites pair well with the hot peppers & roasted peanuts without flaw.

Game Day Entertaining: Smoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Popper By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Pastry Chef Author Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Raycom News Network Cooking Lessons Party Crafts & Original Recipes & Ideas

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickSmoky Crimson Flame Jalapeño Poppers
makes 1 1/2 dozen

Run The Option

Miniature sweet peppers may be substituted for a milder flavor. The yield may vary depending on the size of the jalapeños. 

9 to 10 red jalapeños
1/2 {8-oz} package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
4 bacon slices, cooked & finely crumbled
1 scallion, minced
Garnish: Chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise & remove the seeds & the membrane. Place on a lightly greased foil-lined half sheet pan spacing them close together. Stir together the cream cheese, the Monterey Jack cheese, the Parmesan, the bacon & the scallion in a medium bowl. Pipe the filling into the peppers. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until the cheese melts & the peppers soften. Garnish, if desired.

The Extra Point

Build tasty lunch salads with mixed greens, grilled steak, cucumber & leftover poppers. Drizzle with your favorite dressing.

Game Day Entertaining: Yellowhammer Sweet Tea Cocktail By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Editor-in-Chief Pastry Chef Author Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Cooking Lessons Game Day Cocktails 101
Style Points

Orange curls & cherries add a special touch to a Crimson Tide signature cocktail designed to toast a season of casual get togethers.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickYellowhammer Sweet Tea Cocktail
makes about 6 servings

4 cups sweetened iced tea
1 cup light rum
1 {6-oz} can pineapple juice, chilled
1/2 cup orange juice, chilled
1 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
1/2 tsp almond extract
Garnish: Maraschino cherries & orange curls

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Game Day Entertaining: Magnolia Avenue Sweet Tea Cocktail By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Auburn Tigers Tailgating TV Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Author Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Pastry Chef Writer Sports Entertaining Cooking Lessons Southern Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Tailgate Party Ideas Original Crafts & Game Day Recipes Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Game Day Cocktails 101
Style Points

The lemonade salutes an Auburn landmark, Toomer’s Drugs. Thinly sliced lemon infuses additional citrus into each cocktail & brightens the glass without flaw.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickMagnolia Avenue Sweet Tea Cocktail
makes about 6 servings

4 cups sweetened iced tea
2 cups lemonade, chilled
1 cup light rum
1/2 cup orange juice, chilled
Garnishes: Lemon slices

Stir together the first 4 ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

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{helpful advice}

How To Talk A Good Game Of Football

Learn some facts & get in the game. Be certain you’re up-to-date with the team matchups each week. While perusing the tailgating spread option with a cocktail in tow, it’s always a smart idea to have a few tidbits of information to offer when small talk beckons with Uncle Jebediah who’s inevitably reaching in for another rib. Here are some team facts & a smidgen of history to help you navigate a game winning conversation full of football know-how.

Alabama vs Florida State

The last meeting between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles held many notable moments in college football history. In 2007, during Nick Saban’s first year as head coach, he traveled with his team to Jacksonville, Florida only to be defeated by long time Noles leader, Bobby Bowden in a 21-14 final. Bowden, a Birmingham native, grew up cheering for the Crimson Tide & played for them briefly before returning home where he married & finished school at Howard College. However, his love for Alabama ran deep. Bowden was actually considered for the head coaching post on two separate occasions flanked before & after Bill Curry’s arrival & departure from the program. On the first occasion, Bowden was surprised to learn he was interviewing with about a dozen other folks for the position. Since an offer had not been immediately extended, he withdrew his name from the discussion. On the second, he felt Bryant’s legacy too big to top & being late in his career, he felt he had built his own with the Florida State Seminoles. With a season opener kick-off set in Atlanta, Georgia under two fiery programs, Nick Saban leading the Crimson Tide & Jimbo Fisher heading up the Noles, there’s bound to be plenty of controversy just waiting to unfold.

Auburn vs Georgia Southern

The Auburn Tigers led by head football Coach Gene Chizik & the Georgia Southern Eagles with Coach Tyson Summers at the helm are set for a second meeting in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The first matchup between the teams took place in 1991 with the Tigers clenching the win in a 32-17 victory. Auburn is expected to waltz away with a season opener win but certainly without a good battle on the gridiron from the Eagles.
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