Football season is upon us, and we can’t help but think about our next tailgate event! This year, why not utilize your outdoor kitchen and tailgate from home? This approach has multiple advantages over the crowded and messy experience of tailgating in the stadium parking lot. Typically, grilling on location before a game consists of bland burgers or hot dogs with ketchup and mustard as the only condiments. With an at-home tailgate, you can craft a creative and unrestrained menu while entertaining your guests with more ease and comfort.
If you are looking to take that traditional hamburger up a notch, here is a recipe that is sure to wow your fellow football fans.
Preheat your outdoor grill for high heat. Then, combine ground beef (2 pounds), barbecue sauce (1/4 cup), lager style beer (1/4 cup) , egg (1), bread crumbs (1/4 cup), white or green onion (1/2 cup chopped), fresh basil leaves (2 tablespoons), Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons), minced garlic (2 teaspoons), grated Romano or asiago cheese (1/4 cup) and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Mix lightly with your hands and form mixture into 8 even patties. Lightly brush the grill grate with oil, place the patties on the rack and cook to your preferred tenderness. Served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and your choice of cheese, this recipe satisfies that tailgate tradition and also makes you feel like a professional chef in your own outdoor kitchen!
Another great advantage to tailgating at home with your outdoor kitchen is the multiple outdoor specialty cooking appliances that are available in addition to the outdoor grill. Side burners that accompany your traditional grill can be used to make the perfect side dishes to complement your grilled hamburgers. Here is a recipe for homemade baked beans that are cooked on a stovetop.
Stovetop “Baked” Beans
To start, melt margarine or butter (1 tablespoon) in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Next, add chopped onion (1 1/4 cups), chopped green bell pepper (3/4 cup) and minced garlic (2 cloves) and sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in ketchup (1 cup), brown sugar (1/4 cup), maple syrup (1/4 cup), Worcestershire sauce (2 tablespoons), barbecue smoked seasoning (2 teaspoons), mustard (2 teaspoons), red beans (1 16-ounce can, drained) and Great Northern beans (1 15.8-ounce can, drained) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally and serve warm. Incorporating side dishes like this makes your tailgate menu more interesting and well-rounded.
Of course, a tailgate is not complete without refreshments. A built-in bartending station is the perfect accompaniment to your cooking appliances. Whether your guests prefer a beer or a cocktail, we offer a seamless solution. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen cabinetry is designed to accommodate all keggerators, beer dispensers and cocktail centers.
If you want to host all-inclusive tailgates at your home, fill out the “Contact Us” form located on the right side of this page to discuss your outdoor entertainment needs!