Game Day Tailgating: Grill The Competition

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September 30, 2017

Alabama vs Ole Miss
Auburn vs Mississippi State

Grill The Competition

Southern game day celebrations wouldn’t be the same without bourbon & coke. The combination hails as one of the most iconic sippers on football Saturday’s so when grilling comes into play, what better way to clobber the competition than by adding a bit of spirit to delicious tailgating morsels. A showdown of state pride sets the scene. Alabama Crimson Tide fans can turn up the heat on the Ole Miss Rebels with a spread option of Smoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs slathered with Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce. A few shortcut moves makes the basic fundamentals of pulling off this game day menu effortless & be sure to look at The Tailgaters Quick Reference Grilling Guide for a few valuable pointers. Bacon takes the helm as the team captain of the seasoning blend that is prepared in a food processor to form a paste. The smart play call has it crisp & flavorful in a jif. A humble bottle of commercial barbecue sauce develops into a key player when a co-cola reduction is cooked down on the stove top. A splash of bourbon finishes without flaw. Auburn fans can revel in a little play call action of their own against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Maroon onion slices get a grilling over the hot coals before they’re diced & folded into a fiery No. 1 game day contender, Charred Ranch-Style Onion Dip. And forget about a toss up when it comes to dessert, both Alabama & Auburn fans win big with Pigskin Peanut Butter Bars that are guaranteed to send your game day social straight into the end zone for a sweet victory.

The Game Plan

Get your grilling game face on.
Organize an array of essential utensils on a half sheet pan.
Keep it close at hand for easy access.
Stock with tongs, oven mitts, spatulas, thermometers & a grill brush.
A lighter & basting brush will prove to come in handy too.

Pick up an array of chips & prepare the dip ahead of time.

Dessert can be prepared the night before your tailgate.
Cut the peanut butter bars & add the football laces ahead of time.
Line them up on a serving plate just before serving.

Bourbon cocktail classics infuse extra pep to mimic the main course.
 Get ready to devour the competition with this winning spread option.  

Game Day Entertaining: Smoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs & Charred Ranch-Style Onion Dip By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Tailgating Expert Southern Hostess Sports Entertaining Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Raycom Sports Fox 6 Cooking Lessons Game Day Crafts Recipes Tailgating Party IdeasThe Menu

Grill The Competition

A good old fashioned grilling sets the tone for this tailgating menu designed to smash the competition & hearty appetites. Chicken kabobs infused with smoky bacon & a little game day spirit plus charred onion dip are the stars of this tasty feast. Pigskin pretties complete the pass for a bonafide win-win on both sides.

Smoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs
Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce
Charred Ranch-Style Onion Dip
Potato Chips * Assorted Crudite
Pigskin Peanut Butter Bars
Beer * Soft Drinks * Water * Bourbon

Game Day Entertaining: Smoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs & Charred Ranch Style Onion Dip By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Southern Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham Alabama Tailgating Recipes Party Ideas & Crafts

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickSmoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs
makes 6 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

A variety of wooden picks can be used to prepare the kabobs. Try a smaller length for bite-sized portions & larger ones for main dish fan fare.

Wooden skewers
Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tsp low-sodium seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
4 bacon slices, cut into pieces
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 {12-oz} green bell pepper peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Soak 12 {6-inch} wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. Prepare the Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce & set aside. Pulse the brown sugar, the seasoned salt, the garlic powder, the pepper, the cumin & the bacon in a food processor to form a paste. Thread the chicken & the peppers on the skewers & place in a dish. Rub the bacon mixture, using your hands, on both sides of the chicken kabobs.

Grill over Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} 6 to 7 minutes per side, brushing with 1/2 cup of the Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce after the kabobs have been turned. Remove the chicken skewers from the grill once the juices run clear. Serve with the remaining Bourbon & Coke Barbecue Sauce.

The Extra Point

Fill pita bread with chilled chicken & bell peppers. Top with mixed greens, red onion & white barbecue sauce for a tasty sandwich wrap.  

Game Day Entertaining: Smoky Bourbon & Coke Chicken Kabobs & Charred Ranch-Style Onion Dip By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Birmingham Alabama Pastry Chef Tailgating Expert Sports Entertaining Southern Hostess Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host WBRC Fox 6 Raycom News Network

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makes 1 1/2 cups

Game Changer

Dr. Pepper or ginger ale can be substituted in place of the co-cola for a zippier taste.

1 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp minced yellow onion
1 {7-1/2 oz} can co-cola
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup bourbon
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper

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 co-cola & cook 10 minutes or until reduced by 3/4. Stir in the barbecue sauce, the bourbon, the red wine vinegar & the pepper. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally & cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Try over burgers, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches or game day dogs to add a little variety.

Game Day Entertaining: Charred Ranch-Style Onion Dip By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick TV Cooking Personality Sports Entertaining Tailgating Expert Tide & Tigers Today Tailgate Host Birmingham Alabama rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickCharred Ranch-Style Onion Dip
makes 8 servings

Run The Option

Substitute Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Add freshly chopped chives for extra tasty flavor.

1 large red onion
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 {16-oz} container sour cream
1 {1-oz} package Ranch-style dressing mix
4 scallions, sliced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
Potato chips & crudités

Cut the onion into 3/4-inch thick slices. Rub both sides of the onion slices with oil. Grill over Medium-High heat {350 to 400 degrees} for 10 to 15 minutes turning often or until the slices are charred & tender. Cool 5 minutes. Coarsely chop the onion. Stir together the sour cream, the dressing mix, the scallions, the parsley & the ground red pepper in a medium bowl. Fold in the chopped onion. Taste & adjust the seasonings. Chill 1 hour. Serve with chips & crudités.

The Extra Point

Use the dip to top baked potatoes or as a zesty base for potato salad.

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Pigskin Peanut Butter Bars
makes 32 bars

Run The Option

The bars can be prepared in a more traditional manner by substituting graham cracker crumbs in place of the pretzel crumbs. Expect a sweeter bite.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cups finely crushed pretzel crumbs
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup peanut butter morsels
11 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp meringue powder
1 Tbsp hot water

Line an 8-inch square pan with wax paper. Allow 2-inches to hang over the sides. Lightly grease with cooking spray. Melt the butter over Low heat in a 3-quart saucepan. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the peanut butter & 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar. The mixture will not be completely smooth. Stir in the pretzel crumbs. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan. Melt the chocolate & the peanut butter morsels in a microwave-safe bowl on High for 30 seconds. Whisk the mixture until smooth & pour over the peanut butter mixture in the pan. Spread over the surface with an off-set spatula. Let stand 2 hours or until firm. Cut into bars.

Whisk together the remaining 11 Tbsp powdered sugar, the meringue powder & the water in a small bowl. Fill a pastry bag fit with a no. 1 tip. Pipe lines over the top of each bar to resemble football laces. Allow to dry. Store & room temperature or in the refrigerator. 

The Extra Point

If traveling, package the treats in a single layer & be certain the line up in the container is snug. This will keep the design looking fresh & prevent the bars from moving during transport.

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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 Ole Miss

A series that began in 1894 between the Alabama Crimson Tide & the Ole Miss Rebels has become quite the rivalry over the years with more of an emphasis set on the game in more recent years by the Tide due to several unexpected upsets. With Ole Miss taking home sweet victory in both the 2014 & 2015 football seasons, Saban & his ball club have taken the series more seriously by reclaiming the win in 2016. Ole Miss, led by Coach Matt Luke, who steps in after Hugh Freeze’s resignation just before the season opener will take his Rebels to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday to face Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium with an 8 pm kickoff on ESPN.

Auburn vs Mississippi State

 In 2015, Mississippi State took home the victory against the Auburn Tigers who suffered an overall miserable season in general but the very next year came back to secure the win. They clenched a 38-14 victory in the Bulldogs very own Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. The Auburn Tigers led by Gus Malzahn & the Mississippi State Bulldogs led by Dan Mullen will go head-to-head in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday with a 5 pm kick-off on ESPN.

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