This is the signature hot dog that the Oakland O.co Coliseum is known for. Piled high with macaroni and cheese, jalapeños, and chili, this dog is definitely not a bore.
- 1 hot dog
- 1 hot dog roll
- 1/2 Cup macaroni and cheese
- 1 Tablespoon ketchup
- 1 jalapeño, pickled or sliced fresh
- 1/4 Cup chili
Grill or steam the hot dog and add to the hot dog roll. Top with the remaining ingredients and enjoy.
Calories Per Serving714
Folate equivalent (total)308µg77%
Hangover Sliders, anyone? 5 incredible tailgate party recipes
Football tailgate fare can go from upscale, such as Nana Lu's Meatballs with Black Pepper Ricotta, to more casual fare, such as Hangover Sliders, Bacon Bites, Popcorn Grits, and Bad Girl BBQ Beans.
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Fremont's Bad Boyz BBQ offers sweet-tangy Bad Girls BBQ Beans at its Raiders tailgate parties.
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A Darth Vader figure looks over the crowd as Oakland Raiders fans tailgate before the start of a pre-season game with the L.A. Rams at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
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Tailgating is a Raiders fan tradition in Oakland.
Elizabeth Haiskell's "What Can I Bring" offers up all sorts of tailgate and potluck suggestions.
These bacon bites from Elizabeth Heiskell's new "What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up" are glazed with brown sugar. (Oxmoor House, 2017)
These Hangover Sliders, from Elizabeth Heiskell's new "What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up," are downright addictive. Foodies, just pretend you didn't hear the word "Velveeta." (Oxmoor House, 2017)
A great man once said, “Behold the tailgate party: The pinnacle of human achievement.”
NFL Feast: 32 Game-Day Eats Inspired by Team Locations
Arizona is home to a type of Mexican cuisine known as Sonoran. Imagine the best tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, and fajitas you've ever tasted. It's definitely a taste touchdown.
For the Football Feast: Sweet, Fresh Peach Desserts
In the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons play, there are two surefire ways to please a fan: 1. get the Falcons offense to put 7 up on the scoreboard and 2. give him a heaping plate of the stadium's sweet peach cobbler.
For the Football Feast: Blue Crabs
The signature color for the Baltimore Ravens may be purple, but the city is also know for the color blue &mdash blue crabs. There's nothing like a plate of fresh steamed blue crabs before a game, or a party dish featuring the delicious seafood.
For the Football Feast: Buffalo Wings
There's a reason they're called "Buffalo wings." The hot, messy bites were reportedly first made in the city. Buffalo may be the perpetual winner of the NFL Food Superbowl thanks to its claim over wings &mdash arguably the most beloved snack of football watchers across the country.
For the Football Feast: Southern-Style Country Ham Sandwich
The Panthers hail from North Carolina, home of traditional, down-home Southern cooking. It's hard to choose just one bite that can satiate hungry football watchers before their team takes the field, but a traditional country ham sandwich is a good pick. It's filling, portable, and did we mention delicious?
For the Football Feast: Deep-Dish Pizza
Chicago and Buffalo make great opponents &mdash not always on the field, but certainly at the food table. Chicago's deep-dish pizza may be the one food that can truly compete against Buffalo's much-loved wings. Who can resist a thick slice on game day?
For the Football Feast: Cincinnati Chili
As the season progresses into the winter months, it can get mighty cold in Cincinnati. Thankfully the diehard fans can keep warm with steaming bowls of chili, but not just any chili &mdash Cincinnati chili.
For the Football Feast: Chili
While Bengals fans are busy enjoying Cincinnati chili, Browns fans stick to a version enjoyed throughout the rest of the state: good 'ol traditional, rib-stickin' chili.
For the Football Feast: Chicken-Fried Steak
People in Dallas love their chicken-fried steak almost as much as they love their Cowboys &mdash almost. It's a comforting dish to enjoy after a win or to soothe after a loss.
For the Football Feast: Denver's "Regional Specialties"
If you find yourself at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos, you may come across the "Regional and Specialty" concession stands. What's offered up as a taste of the Bronco's hometown? Steak sandwiches, street tacos, and nachos con carne.
For the Football Feast: Coney Island Dog
Detroit is home to the Lions and the dogs &mdash Coney Island Dogs, that is. The famous hot dog was popularized in Detroit. It's served topped with all-beef chili, raw white onion, yellow mustard, and shredded Cheddar, and it's the perfect game day snack.
For the Football Feast: Brats and Cheese
Is it any surprise that the Packers' stadium is reportedly the only stadium in the NFL that sells more brats than hot dogs? Green Bay celebrates the Packers, brats, and cheese. Put all three together and you've got a winning game day.
For the Football Feast: Brisket
Chili may be a staple in all of Texas, but let's say the Texans come up against one of those chili-loving Ohio teams. What's on the menu to top even one of their own favorites? Brisket. Traitional Southern brisket. Yum.
For the Football Feast: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Indiana is a fairly humble state. But there are a couple of things its citizens are ready to boast about: the Colts and breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches. Thankfully the two go together just wonderfully.
Recipe: Pork Cutlet Sandwich (add your preferred breading)
For the Football Feast: Cuban-Inspired Seafood
Cuban food or seafood &mdash it's hard to determine which is the starter and which is the backup in Jacksonville. Thankfully they're playing for the same team. You can combine the two with a Cuban-inspired marinade intended for seafood, like the Mojito marinade pictured. The resulting dish may just pull some eyes away from the game, if only for a second.
For the Football Feast: Kansas City BBQ
Kansas City residents would likely throw the red challenge flag if we chose anything other than Kansas City BBQ to represent the city's best game-day eats. And why would we? The terrific hometown favorite is worth at least two touchdowns.
For the Football Feast: Cuban Food
Football (the kind we're talking about anyway) is all-American. But the food in Florida gets some inspiration from an area a bit further south: Cuba. Before watching the Dolphins take the field, Miami fans can enjoy a spread that includes American favorites, like wings and hot dogs, along with fantastic, flavorful Cuban foods served all over their hometown.
For the Football Feast: Juicy Lucy
Vikings jersey? Check. Braided Vikings hat? Check. Jucy Lucy? Check. Yep, the Jucy Lucy &mdash a burger with all of its "toppings," including the cheese, stuffed inside the meat &mdash is the perfect candidate for a game-day accessory.
For the Football Feast: New England Clam Chowder
There's a lot of pride in the "New England" designation, and the Patriots aren't the only ones who can claim the title. So, too, can clam chowder. And it's a worthy contender in the NFL foodie fight.
For the Football Feast: Muffulettas
Whether you're tailgating outside the stadium or watching at home, dining on a thick, meaty sandwich is a surefire way to get your energy up before a game. If you're in New Orleans, that sandwich just has to be a Muffuletta.
For the Football Feast: Bagels
New York is famous for quite a few giant things: giant skyscrapers, giant lines, the Giants, and, of course, giant bagels. When you roll out of bed on Sunday just in time for kickoff, a big, thick New York-style bagel may be just what you need.
For the Football Feast: Hot Soft Pretzels
Ask any vendor on the streets of New York &mdash he'll tell you the tourists and the locals like their soft pretzels served nice and hot. Luckily you can serve them straight from the oven on game day &mdash no vendor necessary.
For the Football Feast: Diverse Local Cuisines
Oakland isn't necessarily know for one standout food &mdash it's know for its wide range of global cuisines. Today's Oakland residents are descendants from regions across the world, and that diveristy is reflected in the food. Cheering for the Raiders brings everyone together, and you're sure to please if your prepare a pre-Raiders game feast that features some of the best cuisines in the area: Spanish, Mexican, and soul food.
For the Football Feast: Philly Cheese Steak
It may be the obvious choice, but when a city can claim something as great as the Philadelphia Cheese Steak, why go for anything else? It's got meat, cheese, and bread, and it's served hot &mdash what more can you ask for before watching the Eagles hit the field?
For the Football Feast: Chipped Chopped Ham BBQ Sandwiches
While the east side of the state is focused on steak, the west side is focused on ham: chipped chopped ham to be exact. The sandwich features chipped chopped ham (incredibly thinnly sliced deli meat) &mdash made famous by Isaly's &mdash dripping in a BBQ sauce and smashed between two thick bun slices. It's the perfect sandwich to enjoy before watching the Black and Gold go for the win. The Steeler Nation around the country will sometimes have Isaly's ham shipped to them so they can enjoy the sandwiches anywhere.
10 Unique Tailgate Food Traditions from Across the Country
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When the typical burgers and dogs just won't do, these NFL and collegiate teams have a few fans who know how to host a tailgate to remember. "Tailgating is the original Facebook, but when you like somebody in the parking lot, you get food," laughs Joe Cahn, who has been to more than 1,000 tailgates in 20 years and is the self-proclaimed commissioner of tailgating. "And the menu is unique everywhere you go."
Here are 10 teams across the country with inventive, tasty traditions that give fans full bellies and hometown pride — and extra excitement for the big game.
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Forget the deep-dish pizza and the Chicago-style hot dogs. Real tailgaters at Soldier Field — like Tim Shanley, who runs Da Bus, an actual converted bus that feeds up to 400 fans — know that the party isn't complete without a Chicago beef sandwich. "We put an interesting 'spin' on the sandwich," says Shanley, acting coy before explaining that they buy an 800-pound cow and throw it on a custom rotisserie. Let's repeat that: an 800-pound cow on a spit.
We set it up in the lot the night before, so when the crowds arrive, they walk up to a cow, all cooked and spinning slowly and effortlessly," he says. Shanley serves the (thinly sliced) beef dipped in au jus on French bread with giardiniera.
Photography courtesy of Tim Shanley/Tailgating for Hunger
Penn State Nittany Lions
Dessert might just be more important than the main course at Penn State. Grilled stickies (think sticky buns cut into strips and turned into a buttery, sugary loaf) originated at nearby Ye Olde College Diner more than 80 years ago and almost always appear at tailgates. The diner sells boxes by the caseload to hungry fans every weekend. Rooting for the home team from afar? You can also buy stickies here and have them shipped right to your mailbox.
Photography courtesy of Ye Old College Diner
Kansas City Chiefs
You can't go to Kansas City and not have barbecue, so of course it's a pregame staple for Chiefs fans. The tailgate scene is so epic even the players know what to expect: "The fans are going to be up there before we even have to report to the stadium," says safety Eric Berry. "The whole parking lot is going to be smoked out with barbecue smoke. That gets the juices flowing before we even step out on the field."
Photography courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs
New Orleans Saints
You'll find plenty of seafood (oysters, shrimp and fish) in the parking lots around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — and just as much gumbo and jambalaya. "The traditional and most-popular way to cook jambalaya is in a big cast-iron kettle," says Scott Sparks, who uses a 15-gallon pot for his dishes. "If you can't have fun here, then you should just stay home!"
Photography courtesy of Scott Sparks
Florida State Seminoles
FSU's biggest rival is the University of Florida Gators. So when the two teams go head-to-head, tailgaters appropriately serve up fried gator tail. "The idea came from the rivalry and our true hatred of all things gator," half jokes Daniel Grant, who has been tailgating at FSU for more than 26 years. What does gator tail taste like? Tough chicken, according to Grant.
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University of Washington Huskies
Husky fans don't tailgate — they sailgate. Yes, in actual boats. Husky Stadium sits on Lake Washington, which means people can actually party on dinghies or yachts (there's even a shuttle to get you from boat to stadium). And grilled salmon is the food of choice, according to Jeff Bechthold, director of athletic communications at the school. "Around here, that means grilling it skin-side down on an alder or cedar plank, or in a foil pack with butter, sliced onions, sliced lemons and a package of dry Italian dressing seasoning," he says.
Photography courtesy of the University of Washington
Auburn University Tigers
Fans know it's not an end-of-the-season home game unless Mary Ann and Lester Stoll are up in the Hayfields roasting a 200-pound whole hog on a custom-built rotisserie. "My husband and I got married 45 years ago, and we had a pig roast the day after our wedding to celebrate," Mary Ann says. "When we moved here from Indiana, we just thought it'd be a nice tradition to start." That was 20 years ago, and now students, faculty and fans look forward to the "Stollgate" all season.
Photography courtesy of Ryan Molt
New England Patriots
Some fans may argue that clam chowder is New England's signature dish. But according to Clayton Witham, who has been throwing tailgate parties since 1993, it's really lobster. He's a lobster fisherman, so he'll bring up to 150 pounds of the stuff to steam onsite before a game. "No matter where I am in the world, when I tell people I'm from Maine, they tell me they like Maine lobster," he says. "It doesn't get more iconic than that."
Photography courtesy of Henry Lederer/Getty
University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers
"When you're tailgating, you do brats," says Wisconsin alum Brian Kane. "You boil them in beer and then grill them." Of course, the people who don't want to fire up their own grills head to State Street Brats, which can see up to 3,000 customers on game day. The red brat is the most popular — a pork and beef blend that's butterflied, grilled face-down and served on a soft bun. "It's a culinary delight," Kane says.
Photography courtesy of State Street Brats
Although technically a specialty of Santa Maria, Calif., (which is 250 miles from the Raiders stadium), tri tips make a regular appearance at Oakland tailgates. The meat is a low-maintenance, triangular muscle cut from the bottom sirloin of a steer — and fans go nuts for it. "I use sangria soy marinade, which consists of sangria, soy sauce, chili powder, onion and garlic," says religious tailgater Kirk Brousard. "Guy Fieri said this dish is so spot-on he would eat it out of a hubcap!"
Hangover Sliders, anyone? 5 incredible tailgate party recipes
Football tailgate fare, from left, Nana Lu’s Meatballs with Black Pepper Ricotta, Hangover Sliders, Bacon Bites, Popcorn Grits, and Bad Girl BBQ Beans are photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Bad Girl BBQ Beans are photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
A Darth Vader figure looks over the crowd as Oakland Raiders fans tailgate before the start of a pre-season game with the L.A. Rams at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Fans tailgate in the parking lot before the start of the Oakland Raiders NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
“What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up”
These bacon bites from Elizabeth Heiskell’s new “What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up” are glazed with brown sugar. (Oxmoor House, 2017)
These Hangover Sliders, from Elizabeth Heiskell’s new “What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up,” are downright addictive. Foodies, just pretend you didn’t hear the word “Velveeta.” (Oxmoor House, 2017)
A great man once said, “Behold the tailgate party: The pinnacle of human achievement.”
Well, actually, it was Homer Simpson who said it, but there’s a kernel of truth in that Homerism.
When fall is in the air, tailgating is some of the best fun you can have on any given Saturday or Sunday. A football game may be the impetus for the gathering, but it’s the sharing of food with friends and turf-side foes alike that makes it a party, whether you’re in a stadium parking lot, or parked in front of the TV (an activity known, we’re told, as “homegating”).
No matter where you celebrate the ritual of pigskin snapping, passing and punting, The Grill — laden with a meaty sacrifice — is the altar around which tailgaters worship. Offerings of salads and side dishes, dips and desserts are not only welcome, they’re necessary to keep the good vibes flowing during the wait for burgers, brats or brisket.
Fremont’s “Kingsford Kirk” Bronsord has been tailgating at Raiders home games since they returned to their rightful home at the Oakland Coliseum in 1995. What started out as a guy and his Weber has grown into a full-blown business — Bad Boyz of BBQ — complete with a catering truck and a huge double-sided grill capable of searing and sizzling several hundred pounds of meat over the course of a three-hour party — a tailgate bash that also includes a tent with a big-screen TV and a DJ pumping out old-school hip-hop.
Bronsord says he typically hosts 300 to 400 guests at every game, who pay $25 each for an all-you-can-eat feast of his specialties, such as tri-tip, pulled pork and grilled oysters. But, he says, it’s his recipe for Bad Girl BBQ Beans that caught the attention of a Food Network executive who declared them the best beans ever.
Fremont’s Bad Boyz BBQ offers sweet-tangy Bad Girls BBQ Beans at its Raiders tailgate parties.
“They’ve got just a little bit of a kick and a twist to them,” he demurred. “They’re pretty complex. Bacon is a key ingredient. Of course, a little bit of bourbon. You kind of smack your lips and go, ‘What is that?'”
The tangy-sweet beans even figure into a pre-game ritual for Bronsord’s friend “Raider Jerry” Warren, of Modesto, who comes to each tailgate decked out head-to-toe in silver and black, complete with face paint. “My tradition: Take the beans and the Caesar salad, mix them together and we’re gonna get a win,” Warren said at the Raiders home opener, as he mixed the two sides into a questionable concoction. The Raiders routed the Jets a few hours later.
At the other end of the bay at Levi’s Stadium, Mario Beabraut is tackling his first season as executive chef of Bourbon Steak and Pub, which includes Michael Mina’s Tailgate, a members-only party that offers a decidedly upscale twist on the typical tailgate with pre-game treats like butter-poached lobster and bone-in prime rib.
But the tailgate offers more standard game-day fare, too, including pizza and meatballs using recipes from chef Adam Sobel, previously at Mina’s RN74 and now in Honolulu at Mina’s latest food hall concept, The Street. Meatballs are an especially good option for homegating when it’s too cold or wet to fire up the grill. And these meatballs, a combination of beef, pork and veal, rocked Beabraut’s world, despite his having been raised in an Italian family.
Nana Lu’s Meatballs with Black Pepper Ricotta will elevate your tailgate party.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever had a meatball like that in my whole life,” he said. “It’s like Grandma’s recipe, if not better — but I could never say that in front of my mom.”
And while a lot of people might pop some popcorn for game time, Beabraut uses popcorn to make grits that he serves with scallops at Bourbon Steak. The popcorn grits make a great accompaniment to other game-day options, from barbecued shrimp to pulled pork.
There’s a reason why so many Southern dishes, like grits, seem to go hand in hand with tailgating, and that’s because the South — and college football’s Southeastern Conference especially — wrote the book on tailgating.
On autumn Saturdays, you might find chef Elizabeth Heiskell, author of “What Can I Bring?” (Southern Living, 2017), in The Grove, the 10-acre tailgating grounds at Ole Miss, serving egg and olive finger sandwiches and one of her most requested recipes: brown sugar bacon-wrapped breadsticks. It’s an updated version of a Southern bridge-party snack that goes equally well with beer, bloody marys or bourbon.
Heiskell’s cookbook has an entire chapter devoted to tailgate food, including a so-bad-it’s-good recipe for Hangover Sliders that are the delicious love child of a burger and chile con queso. Yes, it does involve processed cheese, but the celebratory preamble to a game where men crush the living daylights out of each other is no place to claim any moral high ground.
Save that for when you Monday morning quarterback your weekend food choices over a kale smoothie.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Raiders vs Chiefs
Rival Team: Kansas City Chiefs
The Raiders and Chiefs have a bitter rivalry that dates back to the early days of the AFL when they were two of the best teams in the league. The rivalry has remained strong since then as both teams have been in the same division since 1960. The Chiefs lead the all-time series 58-52-2 having won three of the last four. The Chiefs also hold a 2-1 lead in the all-time playoff series. If you’re looking to attend one of the most intense games of the year, make sure to get tickets to the Raiders-Chiefs game at the Coliseum.Image Source
Raiders vs Broncos
Rival Team: San Francisco 49ers
The Raiders-Broncos rivalry also dates back to the 1960 and the founding of the AFL. The Raiders hold the all-time series lead 60-49-2. However, the playoff series is tied at one game apiece. In recent years the Broncos have gotten the better of the Raiders on most occasions as they have won the last 7 and 14 of the last 20.Image Source
Raiders vs Chargers
Rival Team: San Diego Chargers
The Raiders-Chargers rivalry stems not only from the fact that these two rivals have played in the same division for their entire existence, but also from the proximity of the two teams and fanbases. The rivalry between the fans is particularly strong since there are a lot of Raiders fans in Southern California due to the Raiders’ brief stint playing in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1994.Image Source
Raiders vs 49ers
Rival Team: San Francisco 49ers
Often referred to as the “Battle of the Bay” this rivalry is based on the two franchises geographic location. The two teams’ stadiums are located just a mere 12 miles from each other. Which leads to mixed loyalties throughout the whole bay area. While these two teams don’t play very often you better believe that his rivalry is stronger than most.
The Personalities Of Raiders Tailgating
Tailgating produces an almost carnival-like atmosphere at Oakland Raiders home games. You&rsquoll spot plenty of characters outside O.co Coliseum such as Gorilla Rilla, Jungle Jane and Voodoo Man. And around the Coliseum parking lots, you&rsquoll feel lots of character &ndash the character of Raider Nation.
Yes, there&rsquos one common silver and black flag for Raider Nation. But this nation is diverse, and that diversity is on display during tailgating. It&rsquos also a friendly nation, fans say. Oakland fans insist they get a bad rap. &ldquoWe&rsquore not thugs, we&rsquore not villains, we&rsquore not going to kill you,&rdquo veteran Coliseum tailgater &ldquoKingsford Kirk&rdquo Bronsord said in a video about NFL tailgating.
Here&rsquos a look at several of the &ldquocities&rdquo within the Raider Nation of tailgating.
Two of the best-known tailgating crews at Raiders games are The Black Hole crowd and the Bad Boyz of BBQ.
The Black Hole is the place in the Coliseum where the team&rsquos most raucous fans sit. But these fans also take their rowdiness to Lot D before kickoff. You&rsquoll find them at the island closest to the stadium. There, you can partake in Bud Light, Jell-O shots and barbecue. &ldquoThe Black Hole is a state of mind. It&rsquos a way of life. It&rsquos for all Raiders fans who bleed Silver and Black!&rdquo the group says on its Facebook page.
Over at the lot for RVs and buses are the Bad Boyz of BBQ. For a $25 donation, you can feast on oysters, salmon and other barbecued delicacies. Note: You have to supply your own alcohol. &ldquoWe aren&rsquot about getting drunk and stupid. It&rsquos about providing a good time for everyone,&rdquo said Bronsord, who leads the Bad Boyz.
Grill Iron Gang (Credit, Facebook.com)
The Grill Iron Gang offers a home away from home for out-of-town Raiders fans. Hometown fans are invited to drop by, too. The Grill Iron Gang, which is the &ldquoofficial grill team&rdquo of Gorilla Rilla, is a potluck affair. The gang will grill the food you bring. But if you couldn&rsquot or didn&rsquot bring your own grub, you can simply kick in some money and dig in. The gang&rsquos motto: &ldquoIf You Leave Here Hungry, It&rsquos Your Own Damn Fault!&rdquo
If you&rsquore in the mood for a low-key party, you can visit the alcohol-free tailgating zone as a season ticket holder or a group ticket buyer. This zone is in the northeast corner of Lot D.
Party Time in Raiderville
This tailgate party, which the Raiders say is &ldquoimmensely popular,&rdquo debuted in 2009. Raiderville, sponsored by Bud Light, features activities for kids and adults. It&rsquos held in Lot B and admission is free. One of the Raiderville areas that holds appeal for kids is the Disney Pixar Family Zone, where children and grownups can dabble in arts and crafts or scramble through a &ldquoFinding Nemo&rdquo inflatable obstacle course.
For your football-viewing pleasure, two nine-foot LED screens display other NFL games. You can also watch games on flat-screen TVs at the Bud Light bar. Former Raiders such as Ken Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff and Raiderettes cheerleaders drop by to give autographs.
Items on the Raiderville menu from Best Beverages Catering include Raiders burgers and fries, grilled Italian sausages with peppers and onions, barbecued hot link sausages, barbecued pork with southern slaw and barbecued beef brisket sandwiches.
Captain Of The Tailgate: Oakland Raiders Edition
When it comes to tailgating, it is difficult to beat the Silver and Black. The Coliseum parking lot is always a sight to behold on game days. The cloud of smoke is large enough to resemble a low hanging fog and the food that is being made under that smoke always blows me away.
What do you want? Tri-Tip? Carne Asada? Chicken? A whole pig? How about crab? That's right. fresh Dungeness Crab.
If you had a chance to see Tailgate Warriors (Pay special attention to the 3 minute mark) this week, you may have noticed that there was a group of guys in the parking lot preparing Tommy V's spicy crab. If you looked even closer, you'd see that they were wearing SB Nation aprons and one of them, Guy Fieri, called "The Saint".
Yep, that was me. My favorite tailgate that we do every year is the crab boil. We always do one when crab season kicks off and this season, on the 28th of November, it will be "Off Da Hook".
If you want the recipe, respond to this thread and I'll see if Woody will part with his secrets.
You are all welcome to join us this weekend at the Grill Iron Gang's tailgate.
Tailgate Cyber-Party For Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, Tom Cable, and Staff
While the Oakland Raiders ride the backs of the Broncos, tackle, tame, and tumble them to the ground, we will be looking, cooking, and booking (taking notes on our team's progress).
We expect victory. We keep moving. We keep going.
Bret's Dish (with green peas)
Dirty Rice (You can vary the recipe as desired)
6 slices bacon -- diced
8 ounces ground pork
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
1 cup long-grain rice
2 cupschicken stock or broth
8 ounces chicken livers -- trimmed, rinsed, patted dry, and minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives -- snipped
Grilled Steaks (on outdoor grill)
Grilled Chicken (on outdoor grill)
Corn on the Cob (on outdoor grill)
Now, again, we invite you to add to the menu.
By the way, while I was shopping for the ingredients of this weekend's Cyber-Party, I saw these beautiful and oddly shaped pumpkins, backed by a display of pirates.
I thought, this reminds me that the Oakland Raiders have a pirate logo, with one eye patched and swords in the picture. Al Davis made a powerful decision when he selected the images for the Oakland Raiders.
The Oakland Raider persona projects a powerful, fearless image. Coupled with the message in Autumn Wind, the pumpkins reminded me of that powerful poem that John Facenda would say during those NFL films about the Oakland Raiders.
Then, I asked the man at the store, "How do you cook these pumpkins?" No doubt one of you have a good recipe for pumpkin pie. If so, please post it in the comment section.
As our team prepares for the game, let us prepare and cheer them to victory.
Dedicated to Al Davis, Tom Cable, and the Coaching Staff, Oakland Raiders and Raider Nation.
Keys to the Tailgate: The Food
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11: Tailgaters roast a pig before the Arizona Cardinals preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 11, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images
We've discussed the best games to play and what beverage people like partake in at a tailgate. But what about the food? Clearly the heart of the tailgate is the food. What food do you cook? What do you bring to cook it? Do you have any secret tailgate recipes. Choosing the right food could make or break your tailgating experience.
I know we've all walked around the parking lot and seen some guy with a huge grill and a rack of ribs that puts your hot dogs and Bubba burgers to shame. Personally, I bring my charcoal grill and get some Italian sausages, peppers, and onions going. Grab some chips or pasta salad or whatever and we're set. Another go to for me is grabbing some infused bleu cheese and bacon cheeseburger from Fresh Market here in town, it might cost a little more but those burgers are money.
So I want to hear it from everyone. What's your spread looking like at the tailgate? I know someone made a hell of a brisket at the Hogs Haven tailgate last year (liger?).