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Sauce Up Your Tailgating Party

An American philosopher named Homer Simpsononce declared, “The game is nothing.” He understood that the REAL action and competition happens in the parking lot outside the stadium − the tailgating party.

A uniquely North American phenomenon,  the practice of indulging in food, drink and socializing before an athletic competition has been traced as far back as 1869, but tailgating really came into its own in the 80s and 90s. These days, many consider it as big a part of gameday as the game itself. Many hardcore tailgaters take it as a matter of pride to offer the most original and delicious foods to their fellow fans.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to impress with your tailgating fare. Simply choosing the right recipe and superior sauce takes parking lot cuisine from ordinary to awesome. Here are a few to try:

Honey Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs. Everybody loves food on a stick! Prep your skewers of chicken breast cubes and chunks of red pepper and pineapple at home and pack them in the cooler to take to the game. Once there, grill and liberally baste with gingery Honey Teriyaki Sauce.

Bayou Bourbon Chicken Wings. Seasoned with spicy Si Si Cilantro Seasoning and slathered with Bayou Bourbon Sauce, these grilled wings are real winners.

Raspberry Chipotle Sliders. Sliders are the perfect size for tailgating. Make up a batch of Bountiful Beer Bread buns before game day, and mix Raspberry Peach Chipotle Sauce into ground beef.

Sassy Sloppy Joes. Smoky Bacon BBQ Sauce gives these sloppy joes their distinctive flavor, and the addition of red beans to the ground beef makes this a hearty meal on a bun. Make a large batch at home and keep warm in a Dutch Oven on the grill.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Tacos. Tacos are the ultimate hand food. Shrimp drenched in Sweet & Sour Pineapple Sauce and served in a soft tortilla with seasoned tomatoes and avocadoes make a big impact.

Looking for even more ways to upgrade your tailgating game? The Sauce Assortment includes six sweet, spicy and succulent sauces that offer endless ways to make your favorite recipes big winners. Find the assortment and thousands of recipes at tastefullysimple.com.

It’s TS for the win!

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