Just because you’re armed with the perfect recipes, doesn’t mean you can instantly crush the tailgate food scene. In an endeavor to up your game at the game, we enlisted a host of pros from around the country to give their ultimate tips for dominating the parking lot in more than just corn hole.
Chef Bobby Benjamin
Butchertown Grocery, Louisville
His go-to secret ingredient for tailgating? A #10 can of beer for poaching brats on the grill. It adds flavor and keeps them moist (he also uses the beer for his Kentucky Beer Cheese).
G by Isabella, Washington D.C.
Composed braises (like lamb chili) are perfect tailgate foods. They can be made ahead of time and reheated while tailgating & provide a full meal in one dish -- all starch, veg, and proteins you need to stay warm and full during cold games later in the season.