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.
Adding bacon and blue cheese to a perfectly seasoned ground beef patty gives a wonderfully salty, savory bite. These mini burgers will fly off the table.
Everyone loves a good dip to kick off a tailgating menu. A little spice and a lot of bacon helps to make this avocado-based dip meaty and spicy and unique.
What could be manlier and meatier than a perfectly grilled bison strip steak? A perfectly grilled bison strip steak marinated in a dark beer. Use some of the beer for this dish and save the rest of the beer for your buddies (and yourself).
There’s no better way to add flavor to a burger than a tangy bourbon barbecue sauce. Top this with Cheddar cheese and crispy bacon for the ultimate bite.
Spicy chorizo sausage gives these burgers a bit of an unexpected salty and fiery bite. But a topping of gooey Cheddar cheese and mayonnaise helps to balance it all out.
With a sweet and sour sauce, these grilled chicken kabobs are a healthy yet flavorful addition to your meaty tailgate menu. Add some vegetables, if you desire, for extra color on the plate.
Skirt steak is an underappreciated meat; it cooks quickly and is quite flavorful! This dish is packed with spices and an herbaceous sauce that just adds to the already dynamic flavor of the meat.
No tailgate would be complete without chili. This fiery, hearty chili is made 100 percent from scratch, so you know it’ll take you straight to Flavortown.
A hot dog is a simple, classic tailgate food. How can it be improved? With this irresistible homemade onion sauce, that’s how!
This classic Italian sandwich is hearty, to say the least. As the tailgating season drags on in to the early days of winter, you’ll need these comforting flavors to warm you up.
A classic of the barbecue world, few ribs reign supreme over Kansas City ribs. All these are missing is a side of cornbread and coleslaw (or a side of meat and meat).
Gochujang sauce gives these meatballs a bold, spicy, Asian influence that is sure to have your fellow tailgaters intrigued. Pop these meatballs into your mouth and enjoy the sweet and spicy flavors.
Who doesn’t love a meatball sub? With a homemade tomato sauce and an irresistible blend of ground beef and classic Italian spices in the meatball, this sub will win the tailgate for sure.
This hearty Midwestern-inspired sandwich should be at the center of every tailgate buffet table. Beer adds a depth of flavor to the bratwurst, while the vinegar-based slaw adds the right amount of crunch.
Pigs in a blanket are easy to make, portable as heck, salty, and delicious, thus making them the perfect simple tailgate food.
You don’t have to be from Philadelphia to appreciate finely chopped beef, cheese, and perfectly cooked onions. It’s the perfect manly sandwich.
This easy-to-make recipe balances the spice from the pork bratwursts and the acidity from the tangy slaw perfectly. With apple and pretzel, this dish just screams fall.
Pulled pork is perfect on a bun or simply on its own. No matter how you decide to serve it, no tailgate would be complete without this classic dish.
Cook your cocktail meatballs and sausage in a slow cooker to really add bold flavors and keep your meats warm until kickoff. This recipe is easily customizable, with 10 different sauces.
A barbecue sauce made with classic red hot sauce will punch up your everyday pork loin in a jiffy.
Grilling your chicken wings allows you to cook them at the tailgate. With high heat, you’ll still get that delicious, crispy skin without frying.
Everyone loves nachos, right? But forget black bean vegetarian nachos or healthy grilled chicken nachos — the best version of this Tex-Mex appetizer is made with all-American ground beef.
This tangy, Southern barbecue sauce is a different way to flavor your meats at a tailgate. It pairs flawlessly with a smoky, perfectly grilled chicken leg.