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Top 5 Tailgate BBQ Recipes: Prove You're the Grill Master
It's football season, which means it's also tailgate season. There's no better time to break out the grill and cook up some delicious food for all your friends. If you need inspiration for your next tailgate party, look no further than these five mind-blowing recipes.
1. Grilled Pork Tenderloin Burgers
Get your taste buds tingling with these flavorful grilled pork tenderloin burgers. They start with a simple dry rub, then it's as simple as grilling them and assembling the burgers. This recipe makes 6 burgers.
2 pork tenderloins, ¾ pounds each
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
6 hamburger buns
6 tablespoons BBQ sauce
Combine the garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and ground pepper in a bowl. Rub the pork tenderloins evenly with the spice mixture, then coat with cooking spray. Grill covered at around 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes per side or until fully cooked. Remove from grill and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Place the romaine lettuce onto the hamburger bun, then the pork, then top each burger with 1 tablespoon of sauce.
2. Perfect Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Step up the game with this intense dry rub that's made from scratch. It makes the perfect coating for some succulent grilled baby back ribs. This recipe makes 4 servings.
2 cups hickory or mesquite wood chips
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon crushed oregano
4 racks baby back ribs
2 lemons, halved
Soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes. While the wood chips are soaking, combine the next 12 ingredients to make the rub.
Drain the water from the wood chips and place the chips directly on the charcoal or in the smoking box. Rub each rack of ribs with half of a lemon, squeezing out as much juice as possible. Let sit for five minutes before coating with the rub. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
Place ribs bone-side down on the grill, avoiding direct flame. Grill covered over low-medium heat (around 325 degrees F) for 30 minutes. Do not uncover the grill during these 30 minutes. Continue cooking for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours, for a total of 1 1/2-2 hours. Remove the ribs from the grill, brush with a BBQ sauce of your choice, let sit for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.
3. Greek-Style Pork Tenderloins
Give grilled pork a zesty twist with a simple, yet powerful citrus and herb marinade. This recipe makes 6 servings.
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons dried oregano
2 pork tenderloins, 1 pound each
Mix the first five ingredients in a large resealable bag. Taste the marinade and adjust the ingredients as desired. Put the tenderloins in the bag, seal, and place in the refrigerator for 2-5 hours. Preheat grill to medium and coat the rack with cooking spray. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and grill for 10-15 minutes on each side.
4. Grilled Bacon Potatoes
Think of this recipe as a tailgate-friendly inside-out baked potato. Savory and easy, these are sure to be a hit. This recipe makes 4 servings.
4 baking potatoes, scrubbed
1 teaspoon salt
12 slices bacon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon black pepper
Make 4 cuts into each potato most of the way through; the potato should remain in one piece. Place each potato on a square of aluminum foil. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt into each potato, then wrap each potato with 3 strips of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle each potato with brown sugar and pepper, then wrap in foil. Grill on medium-high heat for around 45 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the centers of the potatoes are soft.
5. Sesame Grilled Asparagus
Veggie lovers don't need to feel left out during tailgate season. This quick and easy grilled asparagus has some Asian-inspired flavors that are sure to please. This recipe makes 4 servings.
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2lbs asparagus, trimmed
Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add the asparagus and toss to coat. Oil the grill grate and grill the asparagus on high heat for 8 minutes until tender.
Don't feel like cooking?
There's nothing wrong with taking a break from the grill. Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau's Annual Big Pigout offers a great way to enjoy some good barbecue without missing any football games. Kick back and relax at Farraddays® Steakhouse, Farmer's Pick Buffet®, Keller's® or The Lone Wolf®. All month long, come by and get a taste of some of the best BBQ around. You won't need to prep any food, but you should definitely get your taste buds geared up!