Appetizer to Full Meal 3 Ultimate Tailgate Grill Recipes

Appetizer to Full Meal: 3 Ultimate Tailgate Grill Recipes

Hello friends! Can you smell that? The smoky, sweet aroma of the BBQ perfectly appetizing for the Tailgate cooking or Super Bowl Sunday. I love it, it’s one of the reasons I became a grillmaster!  These glorious moments demand a lavish spread fit for champions.  I am going to spill the beans today and share some of my famous tailgating recipes with you.

NO GATEKEEPING! The succulent fall-off-the-bone ribs, tangy buffalo wings, and crispy crunchy nachos fries all sizzling on the grill.  The feast calls rightly for an epic football grilling.

Fire your grill and wear your apron as we are not going to toss some burgers on the grill. Free up your day with me for essential pre-cook preparations to fully enjoy the culinary adventure of football grilling. The experience is surely gratifying!

Without making you wait let’s dig into the scrumptious Game Day BBQ recipes with all the finest details i.e. ingredients, cooking technique and calorie count.

Quick Summary!

Here is a quick summary for you to have an overview of all the tailgate cooking recipes we are going to try
Pork/Beef ribs:
The soft juicy ribs marinated in dry rub and savory BBQ sauce
Buffalo Wings: Grilled with cornflour and dry rub and coated in the secret sauce.
Grilled Nacho Fries: The flavorful crunchy nacho fries are served with sour cream, guacamole, green onions and jalapenos. 

1. Savoury BBQ Ribs

Ribs have consistently been my go-to among my preferred Super Bowl BBQ choices. The fondness for this Game day treat comes from the irresistible flavor that characterizes ribs.

If you’re going to look into my football-grilling BBQ dishes or gameday get-together menu, you are almost guaranteed to be eating some baby back ribs on the grill. This is one of my tried and tested grilled ribs recipes. The blend of the dry rub, the juiciness of the meat that falls off the bone and the hint of the BBQ sauce is the perfect combo. 

You might be feeling intimidated by making ribs for your tailgate cooking, but I assure once you try it there is no going back! The feel of the grilled BBQ ribs will definitely make you feel like dining at your favorite BBQ joint while enjoying the Super Bowl game. I challenge you to try these “BBQ ribs on the grill” Super Bowl BBQ recipe, and you won’t be disappointed.

Savoury BBQ Ribs


-Ribs (2 racks of pork/beef ribs)

-Dry Rub

  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Grilled Ribs

2 racks of pork/beef ribs

– Barbecue Sauce

Cooking Instructions

Combine all the dry rub ingredients mentioned above and mix thoroughly in a bowl.

-Preheat the grill for almost 15 minutes. The best suggested thing to do while preparing the dish, turn on the grill to save some time. I use a propane grill, remember the charcoal grill may take a bit longer.

-Pull the membrane off the ribs and apply the dry rub on the ribs thoroughly. Use one hand to sprinkle the rub while the other to rub it in to prevent any contamination

-Place the meat side down on the grill and cover the grill to cook the ribs for 45 minutes.

-Brush the meaty side with some BBQ sauce and flip the side, cooking the bone part for ∼ 15 mins.

-Remove the ribs from the grill and wrap them in a foil and let them rest for 15 minutes.

– Cut into 1 or 2 bone slices and serve it warm with more BBQ sauce and cheesy scalloped potatoes as sides.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                 Cook Time: 1 hour Calories: Approximately 706 kcal               Serving: 8 

Tailgating BBQ Ribs Tips

1. Store your rips in a secure container or cooler with plenty of ice packs to keep them fresh and chilled during transit. I like to take along a portable cooler with wheels to store my ribs for easier transport from my vehicle to the tailgating area.

2. Invest in a portable grill or smoker specifically designed for tailgating. Look for models that are lightweight, compact, and easy to set up and transport.

3. Use disposable aluminum foil trays or pans for grilling the ribs. These are convenient and can be easily disposed of after use, eliminating the need to clean a grill on-site.

2. Delicious Grilled Buffalo Wings

Honestly, when I can think of nothing for my tailgate grilling buffalo wings are the great apt snack or full-meal choice on my tailgate cooking menu. This too turns out amazing with the classic grill flavor. The prep and cook time for this recipe takes less than an hour. Just get some wings and you are ready to enjoy the Super Bowl with this amazing BBQ buffalo wings recipe.

Delicious Grilled Buffalo Wings


-1 pound chicken wings (In General, 1 pound averages 12 wings)

– 1 tablespoon Dry Beef Rub

  • Salt (Kosher Salt)
  •  garlic powder
  •  dried oregano
  • Black Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  •  Cayenne Pepper

-1 tablespoon cornstarch

-1 cup Frank’s Red Hot

-1 tablespoon unsalted butter

-Optional dipping sauce

  • ½ cup ranch or blue cheese

Cooking Instructions

Prepare the grill divided into two zones up to the cooking chamber temperature of 400 Fahrenheit.

– Mix the dry rub and cornstarch in a bowl. Place the wings in the plastic zip-lock and pour the mixture in. Seal the bag and give it a good shake. 

-Place the well-coated wings on the indirect side of the grill and cover the grill. Let the wings cook for 15 minutes before tossing the side. Cook the other side at the same time.

-To save some time while the wings are grilling, place a pan on medium heat. Add butter and hot sauce. Stir the butter and sauce to combine them well and turn off the flame when the sauce begins to simmer. 

-In a large bowl, put in the grill wings and pour in the warm sauce. Toss it to combine the grilled wings and sauce well. TA-DA! Wings are ready to be served with your favorite dip and healthy grilled avocado halves sides.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                 Cook Time: 30 minutesCalories: Approximately 57                          Serving: 12 wings
Tailgating Buffalo Wings Tips

Tailgating Buffalo Wings Tips

1. Wrap your wings in aluminum foil and place them in a cooler lined with a towel. This will keep the wings warm during your tailgate. This helps retain their heat until serving time.

2. What I love to do is try my wings with new sauce every time I make these buffalo wings or seasonings. Try glazing them with barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or even a mango habanero glaze for a unique twist after trying hot sauce-glazed buffalo wings.

3.  Cook the wing to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to prevent foodborne illness. Probe the thermometer at the thickest part of the wing to know the exact temperature. 

3. Scrumptious Grilled Nacho Fries

Grilled Nacho Fries are the ultimate meal to take in a food coma and this crunchy treat is a must on the Super Bowl BBQ tailgating. These nachos + fries treat need a little time and the result is finger-licking good. You can find your favorite flavors on this platter and it’s completely customizable too. Add whatever you like, and fries for the extra greatness.

Scrumptious Grilled Nacho Fries


-1 package (750g/26.5 oz)

-Frozen French fries

-Cooking spray 

-Seasoned salt to taste

Homemade Guac

  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 small tomato seeded, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-cooked taco beef
  • ¾ red onion, diced
  • 1 small tomato, seeded, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, tex mex, Monterey jack, mozzarella etc.)
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 2 Green onions, chopped
  • Sour cream for garnish

Grilling Instruction

-In a bowl, combine all of the guac ingredients except for salt and pepper. For the extra goodness of flavor prepare this guac a day before you are planning the Superbowl BBQ tailgating experience. Mash all the ingredients with the help of a fork, then taste and adjust seasoning to your preference. 

Cook the fries following the instructions mentioned on the packet after spraying a little with cooking spray and add in a pinch of your favorite seasoning salt.

Meanwhile, preheat the grill to around 350°F if you haven’t used it in the first place for cooking the fries. Insert the cast-iron frying pan on the grill to preheat. 

Once the fries are ready, transfer them to your preheated cast iron pan layering taco, beef, tomato, cheese, and onion. Place the loaded fries onto the grill and bake for 5 to 15 minutes, until all of the toppings are melting hot. 

Finish off the loaded nacho fries with dollops of sour cream, green onion, homemade guacamole, and jalapeño, and watch this delightful snack disappear.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes                                 Cook Time: 30 minutesCalories: Approximately 320                              Serving: 4

Tailgating Grilled Nachos Tips

1. Here is a trick to help the cheese melt evenly and coat the toppings, consider melting on the grill before adding it to the nachos. Another one is to cover the nachos with foil during the initial grilling to help the cheese melt more evenly.

2. Keep a close check on the heat when grilling your nachos to prevent burning. What I like to do is keep the heat moderate and watch for flare-ups. 

Try Tailgate Grilling Recipes!

At this point, you know what will be on your next Game Day BBQ recipes. If it’s going to be your first time then try easy buffalo wings and grilled nacho fries and for pros the savory BBQ ribs are great. Remember to make all the necessary preps a day before you are going to enjoy the Super Bowl BBQ!



Hi, I’m Anne, Pitmaster Behind Smokedhut I’m here to guide you to unlocking the secrets of unparalleled barbecue experiences. From the sizzle of the grill to the rich aroma of slow-smoked meat, my life revolves around the thrill of outdoor cooking.

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