10 Iconic College Tailgate Foods and Drinks

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Any football fan should know these essential college tailgate specialties
Omaha Steaks' Dogs

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10 Iconic College Tailgate Foods and Drinks

10 Iconic College Tailgate Foods and Drinks

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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.

Barbecue Ribs

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.

Bratburger

Bratburger

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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

Crawfish Feast

Crawfish Feast

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Louisiana State University is proud of its Cajun roots. If you’re visiting for the first time, crawfish is what you should indulge in. But don’t forget other Louisiana classics like jambalaya, frogs' legs, and fried shrimp po’boys.

Gator Roast

Gator Roast

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It’s no secret that one of the biggest rivalries is in Florida is between the Florida State Seminoles(FSU) and University of Florida Gators. Roasted alligator is on the menu at most tailgating events at FSU.

Icehole

Icehole

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The Icehole (mint schnapps) is a staple at North Dakota State University. Don’t ask questions about it, though, because according to real fans, if you need an explanation, you should “stay far away.” 

Omaha Steaks' Dogs

Omaha Steaks' Dogs

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At the University of Nebraska, there are three important words: Omaha Steaks' Dogs (Old World Beef Franks). This iconic food makes a frequent appearance at tailgates and totally blows average franks out of the water. — Lauren Gordon

Penn State Stickies

Penn State Stickies

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The crowd is rowdy, but the spirit is strong, and there are tons of traditional foods to enjoy other than your average tailgate fare. Penn State “stickies” (sticky buns laced with caramelized sugar) from Ye Olde College Diner are a game-day must.

Quickie Burger

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Some fans at the University of Michigan hang out at the local Quickie Burger, which also serves breakfast all day for those who need a boost to last through the game. — Lauren Gordon

Salmon BLT

Salmon BLT

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Boatgating at University of Washington is an amazing experience — fresh seafood. Notably in the form of this delicious sandwich, and friendly fans await anyone who makes the trek to Seattle for a game. This is truly one of the best tailgating spots in all of college football. — Ian Berg

The Knoxville

The Knoxville

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In addition to elaborate Southern cooking spreads, University of Tennessee football fans also enjoy a classic cocktail known to some as “the Knoxville Ice Pick.”