Sassy Classy: Tailgate Tools and 3 Tried and True Tailgate Menus

Tailgate Tools
Sassy_ClassyWow! Is it already Sunday?? Shoo! It’s been a fast weekend! Luckily, the tigers pulled out a win yesterday, but it was definitely nerve racking at times!! We are right in the thick of football season, and this next weekend is a HUGE game for Clemson…and our biggest tailgate of the year. Lots of my posting this week will be about tailgating, featuring, I’m sure, a lot of orange and purple. If you are not a Clemson fan, I apologize in advance!!!
We had a great spread yesterday even though it was a smaller crowd than usual, and we were actually trying one menu out for the first time. We made flatbread pizzas on my trusty STŌK Gridiron grill…menu to come in a wee bit…
Pizza Building
{Me and my friend Nicole prepping pizzas yesterday…my awesome orange and purple apron is courtesy of one Mrs. Donna L…THANK YOU!! I still love it to bits.}
STOK_Gridiron
{STŌK Gridiron – $199 at The Home Depot}
BUT…before I go any further…the absolute MOST hilarious and memorable moment (sorry Tigers) was when Claire got pooped on by a bird. Apparently, she has ridiculously uncanny luck for this happening to her, or she has done something to anger the entire bird population of the world. Just so you can share in the humor a little bit…here is photo taken right after the unfortunate event:
Claire bird poo incident
Makes me laugh just thinking about it! Anyhoo, now that you’re good and hungry after seeing that picture (hopefully you at least got a laugh out of it)…here are 3 tried and true menus for all of you tailgaters out there. There are several that appear each year because they’re just well-liked by everyone, relatively simple, and…well… we like ’em!! We use Punchbowl’s potluck function to have everyone sign up for groceries/dishes each week…more on that another day.
Taco/Nacho Bar (for 15-20 people):
  • Crock pot of shredded taco chicken
  • Crock pot of shredded taco pork
  • Tortillas (corn or flour) (25-30)
  • Corn Chips (3 bags)
  • Guacamole, Salsa and Sour Cream
  • Fixins’ – Black Beans, Corn, Sliced Olives, Sliced Jalapenos
  • Fixins’ – Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatos, Diced Onions
  • Shredded Taco Cheese (3 bags)
Flatbread Pizzas (for 10 people):
  • 10 Flatbreads
  • 2 bags of mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pizza sauce and pesto
  • Sliced olives, sliced mushrooms, diced onions, artichokes
  • Sliced roma tomatos, spinach, fresh basil
  • Ham, pepperoni, chopped (grilled or baked) chicken
  • Other toppings of choice
BBQ (for 15-20):
  • Crock pot of shredded BBQ chicken
  • Crock pot of shredded BBQ pork
  • Buns (25-30), Dill Pickle Slices
  • Potato Salad
  • Baked Beans in a crock pot
  • Cole Slaw
  • Something Sweet

Depending on the time of day, we usually have a brunch and snack spread prior to the game and then do our “main meal” at halftime or after the game. Other menus we’ve done include: Chili, Wings and Kabobs, Low-Country Boil, Sandwich Spread…

If anyone has suggestions of their favorite tailgate foods, menus, and recipes, I would love to hear or read them! Please feel free to email me or share in the comments.

à bientôt j'espère

Oh, and P.S. – the items featured in the first image are listed below. Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready, refreshed and renewed for Monday!

Rachael ray tong
lampsplus.com

Mastrad kitchen linen
surlatable.com

Alessi egg container
$24 – madeindesign.co.uk

E our
fab.com

Kitchen gadgets tool
$21 – liberty.co.uk

Serveware
target.com
Lauren is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!
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