United States of Tailgate: Top Regional Game Day Specialties

  • Beef on weck (photo: flickr/nickgraywfu)
  • Cincinnati chili (photo: flickr/joyosity)
  • Cochon au lait (photo: flickr/Infrogmation)
  • Beer Can Chicken (photo: flickr/Lee Coursey)
  • Walking Tacos (photo: flickr/Benimoto)

Tailgate spreads can be as varied as the teams to which they’re dedicated. For every fan who swears by wings and IPAs, there’s another insisting that nothing can beat a cold-cut platter.

When it comes to some of the best of tailgate traditions, Brian Cullen breaks down the ones that stand out the most for Tailgate Fan.

  • Cincinnati Chili. A serving of chili served Cincinnati-style means it’s ladle over spaghetti (Skyline is the most famous example). You have the option of adding cheddar, onions, or beans.
  • Walking Tacos. In South Bend, walking tacos are a form of Frito pie: Meat and other taco fixings piled inside a bag of Fritos.
  • Kummelweck. Also known as beef on weck, this sandwich from Buffalo, New York is all thin slices of roast beef held by a roll peppered with kosher salt and caraway seeds. It’s finished with a dip in au jus and smear of horseradish.
  • Cochon de Lait. This dish of roasted suckling is a Louisiana classic at celebrations.
  • Beer Can Chicken. Grilled sitting over an open can of beer, chicken cooked this way stay moist and tender thanks to the evaporation.
  • Buffalo Wings. A classic from Buffalo, these wings are deep-fried then tossed in a hot sauce mix. Each plate is typically dressed with a side of celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • Philly Cheesesteak. While chefs from the City of Brotherly Love may have ventured to new areas in food, a steak sandwich covered in cheese remains a classic.
  • Clam Chowder. The New England cream-based seafood soup keeps the ingredients mostly to potatoes, clams, and milk or cream.
  • Barbecue. Both Kansas City and Austin get a shout-out, thanks the sauce from KC and prime beef barbecued Central Texan-style.

[via Tailgate Fan]

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