This year’s American football season is anything but normal. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charcoal grill recipes to celebrate this tradition at home.
With 2020 throwing us a bad pass, we made the catch and took it home. Across America, football fans are finding an alternative to the typical tailgate, and evolving the tradition, by hosting at-home game days on their porches and in their backyards.
In the spirit of football and all its traditions, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tailgate charcoal grill recipes, each with its own set of improvements to keep your taste buds wanting more.
If you’re aiming for a low-maintenance tailgate, we recommend a slow-cooked dish like beef chili, slow roasts, or even a stew. With the rotisserie or dutch oven, well-planned slow-cooked dishes mean that, once you have everything chopped, prepped, and cooking, you get to kick back, relax, and let the KUDU slow cook your main course to perfection.
Inspired by the KUDU’s heritage, our oxtail potjie is perfect for fall weather. It’s a hearty, rich, and slow-cooked stew of melting soft oxtail on the bone cooked with vegetables and red wine in the KUDU Dutch Oven.
FIRST QUARTER: WARM UP WITH WINGS
Quick, easy, and downright delicious, grab a taste of both sides of the cornfield with our Alabama white vs. Carolina red chicken wings. A piece of advice; if you think you’ve made enough, make more, because everyone’s going to want seconds.
SECOND QUARTER: KEEP CALM WITH JALAPEÑO POPPERS
Bacon? Yes please! Cream cheese? Uh… is that even a question? Bite down on crispy, creamy, spicy, cheesy jalapeño poppers. Already a quick and easy recipe, save even more time by pre-prepping the ingredients and storing them in the refrigerator ready to be placed on the grill. And just in time for second quarter appetizers!
HALF TIME: REFUEL WITH THE PERFECT BURGER
Cheeseburgers might be a little heavy, especially if there’s a main course in the making. For those who still want the all-original tailgate taste, we say downsize. Create bite-sized crunch onion cheddar sliders instead. It’ll be everything you love about a juicy, warm, oozing cheeseburger wrapped up in a gut-friendly portion. And you’ll have room for everything else on the menu.
THIRD QUARTER: COOL DOWN WITH SEARED TUNA STEAKS
As the game starts nearing its end and the losing team starts to sweat, cool things down with a quick snack. Dipped, spiced, and seared, tuna steaks are always a win. Served with a side of wasabi paste and extra dipping sauce, you’ll have your guests lining up for more.
FOURTH QUARTER: ALL IN WITH GRILLED OYSTERS
Garlic, lemon, and butter – 3 powerhouse flavors combined with the taste of the ocean. But the grill is what makes this roasted oysters recipe simply irresistible.
MAIN COURSE AND COMMENTARIES
The game’s over, but we don’t want the party to end. Saving the best for last, it’s time to uncover the oxtail potjie and dig in. It’s amazing how you can cook so much and yet so little. With the right recipes, accessories, and prep work, you can create some amazing stress-free dishes in a flash.