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

Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders

Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders
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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.

For the Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders recipe, click here.

Bacon Avocado Dip

Bacon Avocado Dip
Le Kum Kee

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.

For the Bacon Avocado Dip recipe, click here.

Beer-Marinated Bison New York Strip Steaks

Beer-Marinated Bison New York Strip Steaks
Bison Council

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).

For the Beer-Marinated Bison New York Strip Steaks recipe, click here.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Burger

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Burger
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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.

For the Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Burger recipe, click here.

Chorizo Cheddar Burger

Chorizo Cheddar Burger
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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.

For the Chorizo Cheddar Burger recipe, click here.

Five-Star Chicken Sizzlers

Five-Star Chicken Sizzlers
Slimming World

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.

For the Five-Star Chicken Sizzlers recipe, click here.

Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri

Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri
Signe Birck

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.

For the Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri recipe, click here.

Guy Fieri’s Texas Chili

Guy Fieri’s Texas Chili
Guy Fieri

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.

For the Guy Fieri’s Texas Chili recipe, click here.

Hot Dog With Onion Sauce

Hot Dog With Onion Sauce
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A hot dog is a simple, classic tailgate food. How can it be improved? With this irresistible homemade onion sauce, that’s how!

For the Hot Dog Onion Sauce recipe, click here.

Italian Chicken Sausage and White Bean Sandwiches

Italian Chicken Sausage and White Bean Sandwiches
Prego Farmers Market

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.

For the Italian Chicken Sausage and White Bean Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs

Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs
National Pork Board

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).

For the Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs recipe, click here.

Korean Barbecue Meatballs

Korean Barbecue Meatballs
Noodles and Company

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.

For the Korean Barbecue Meatballs recipe, click here.

Meatball Sub

Meatball Sub
Yasmin Fahr

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.

For the Meatball Sub recipe, click here.

Milwaukee Beer-Braised Bratwurst Sandwich With Pittsburgh-Style Slaw

Milwaukee Beer-Braised Bratwurst Sandwich With Pittsburgh-Style Slaw
Adam Richman

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.

For the Milwaukee Beer-Braised Bratwurst Sandwich With Pittsburgh-Style Slaw recipe, click here.

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket
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Pigs in a blanket are easy to make, portable as heck, salty, and delicious, thus making them the perfect simple tailgate food.

For the Perfect Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Philly Cheese Steak

Philly Cheese Steak
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You don’t have to be from Philadelphia to appreciate finely chopped beef, cheese, and perfectly cooked onions. It’s the perfect manly sandwich.

For the Philly Cheese Steak recipe, click here.

Pretzel Bun Bratwursts With Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Pretzel Bun Bratwursts With Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw
HelloFresh

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.

For the Pretzel Bun Bratwursts With Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork
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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.

For the Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites

Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites
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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.

For the Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites recipe, click here.

Spicy Barbecued Pork Loin

Spicy Barbecued Pork Loin
Tabasco

A barbecue sauce made with classic red hot sauce will punch up your everyday pork loin in a jiffy.

For the Spicy Barbecued Pork Loin recipe, click here.

Spicy Grilled Wings

Spicy Grilled Wings
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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.

For the Spicy Grilled Wings recipe, click here.

Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos

Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos
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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.

For the Ultimate Ground Beef Nachos recipe, click here.

White Barbecue Sauce With Smoky Chicken

White Barbecue Sauce With Smoky Chicken
McCormick

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.

For the White Barbecue Sauce With Smoky Chicken recipe, click here.

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