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23 Super Manly, Meaty Dishes You Need to Make for Your Tailgate

23 Super Manly, Meaty Dishes You Need to Make for Your Tailgate

Build the ultimate tailgate menu with these dishes; no vegetables allowed

These slow-cooked meatballs are just the start to your meaty tailgating smorgasbord.

There’s something so manly about football season, isn’t there? The tackling, the competition, the passion, the tight pants… It’s all so very testosterone-y, and that’s just the game itself. Before all of that goes down, there’s the best part of game day: the tailgate. And why shouldn’t the tailgate match the big event?

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To put together the ultimate manly tailgate dish, we looked toward one food group: meat. We’re talking about steaks, burgers, ribs, sausages, pork, wings, and of course bacon. These 23 dishes are anything but fussy. They’re indulgent, salty, tender, and delicious in all of the right ways. It’s perfect for the manliest man who ever did man.

But really… No matter your gender, we think you can enjoy these spicy, smoky, and meaty dishes. I mean, who doesn’t want to go a little primeval every now and then, especially before a football game?

So leave your vegetarian friends at home and get ready for prime football season with these 23 super manly, meaty dishes.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.


The 39 Best Tailgate Foods

Let's be honest: When it comes to a tailgate party, the only thing more important than repping your favorite team is the food. How are you supposed to jump in the air and wave a foam finger for hours on end without sufficient fuel?!

If you really want your next tailgate to stand out, don't go serving your buddies some boring run-of-the-mill hotdogs. Check out our list of the best tailgate food and cook them a pre-game meal to remember.

Laura&rsquos Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground

If you&rsquore grilling burgers, make them from this beef. It&rsquos so flavorful, all you need is salt and pepper to season. Then, grill them until droplets of blood appear on the raw side, about 3 minutes. Now flip.

For medium rare, cook this side about 2 more minutes (or 3 more minutes for medium). Resist the urge to press on the burgers to make them sizzle. Burger connoisseur and author George Motz says doing that smooshes out a lot of the tasty juices. Click here to learn how George Motz makes the ultimate burger.

Looking for some great beers to pair with your favorite tailgate foods? Check out The Best Fall Beers.

Chicken wings are delicious&mdashwhen done right. True chicken wings should taste like chicken. As no-sh*t as that sounds, most sports bars mask the meat&rsquos flavor by first dunking the wings into a deep fryer and then pummeling them with a mixture of butter and sauce. All you end up tasting is fat and spice.

Great wings never touch hot oil and the flavoring comes from a marinade that compliments the chicken instead of overpowering it.

Check out Elizabeth Karmel&rsquos recipe. Karmel&rsquos the executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, both in NYC.

Her easy-as-all-hell recipe pre-soaks wings in Louisiana hot sauce and then cooks them on the grill, where the circulating high heat turns the skin crispy and the flame adds that something extra your oven (or a deep fryer) never can.