10 Iconic College Tailgate Foods and Drinks

Any football fan should know these essential college tailgate specialties

These college tailgates are good to know.

Football season ushers in the fall, a new semester for college kids, a reunion for alumni, and, most importantly, a whole lot of tailgating. There are a ton of essential tailgate classics on every menu, but many schools have one iconic specialty above all that's essential at every tailgate. Here are a few yuou might want to know about.

10 Iconic College Tailgate Foods and Drinks

Crawfish boils are imitated across the country, but there’s no better place to get authentic, well-seasoned crawfish than in Baton Rouge. At Louisiana State University no tailgate is worth the name without a mess of the little critters, perfectly cooked — not to mention all the other local specialties that these food-loving folks serve up.

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, on the other hand, you may want to try boat-gating at a University of Washington Huskies game in Seattle. It’s a raucous scene, with friendly fans and fresh seafood awaiting your arrival. The salmon BLT happens to be a fan favorite.

Here are a few iconic tailgate foods you should be familiar with.

Barbecue Ribs

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At Auburn University, it’s about the smoke. As long as the ribs are smoked slowly and the meat is falling off the bone, you did well.


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With such delicacies as the Bratburger — a burger made from brats — and endless beer and cheese plates, the University of Wisconsin experience is one of the best in college football. — Ian Berg