Chef Dana's Chocolate and Bacon Salted Caramel Brownies

Chef Dana’s Chocolate and Bacon Salted Caramel Brownies

No one could even dream a better tailgating dessert. A half pound of crisp bacon mixed into a rich, moist chocolate brownie. Then topped with a homemade quick, salted caramel made from butter, brown sugar and heavy cream. Heavenly.

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Gourmet Grillware Berry Cobbler

Gourmet Grillware Berry Cobbler

A grilled, simple dessert that will bowl over your tailgaters. Mix any combo of fresh berries with a little cornstarch, then top with good, old-fashioned crumbly, oatmeal topping. Grills in about 15 minutes.

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Knob Creek Pineapple Glaze

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Knob Creek Pineapple Glaze

Bourbon in the glaze and the marinade turn basic shrimp kabobs into grilled glories on a stick. Pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar add layers of sweet and salt that deepen the mix of distinctive flavors.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Knob Creek Lemon Glaze

Grilled Pork Chops with Knob Creek Lemon Glaze

Avid griller Mike Vrobel creates a masterpiece with pork chops and bourbon. It begins with a simple marinade centered on bourbon and ends with a glaze that pairs good mellow bourbon with tart, fresh lemon juice and a touch of sweet brown sugar.

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Cajun-Spiced Pulled Picnic of Pork

Cajun-Spiced Pulled Picnic of Pork

Fire up your oven and slow cook a perfect pork shoulder encrusted with a creole, crackling rub of 11 spices. Shred and serve as-is or on sandwiches for a filling, flavorful tailgating entrée.

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Sweet & Spicy Wings

Sweet & Spicy Wings

A rich, flavorful buttermilk marinade naturally tenderizes the wings overnight. Then they’re rubbed in 10 spices, fried up crunchy, and doused in a sweet and spicy sauce of hot sauce, brown sugar and black sesame seeds.

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Beer-Grilled Chops

Beer-Grilled Chops

Four surprising flavors of beer, brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce meld into a dynamic marinade made for the searing heat of a tailgating grill.

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Craig Jones' Retro Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Craig Jones’ Retro Bacon-Wrapped Dates

When I was a kid, my parents used to throw opera parties. I always remember some bacon-wrapped “thing” that my mom would put in the oven. A couple of years ago, I decided to figure out what it was and cook it over live fire. The Parmesan is my touch to this retro classic. This goes great with Puccini, Jimmy Buffet or a Chief’s game.

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Grilled Brats with Onion Relish

Grilled Brats with Onion Relish

Beer, bacon and brown sugar form the holy trio of seasoning for sautéing the onions that form the relish on top of what would otherwise be a mundane brat. You may find tailgaters eating the relish right out of the dish.

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Peg’s Magic Beans

Peg’s Magic Beans

It takes a pound of bacon, so you know it’ll be good. Add in five kinds of beans, some ground beef and a bottle of chili sauce, and you’re talking a dish that goes time zones beyond traditional baked beans.

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Cranberry Sauce with Candied Ginger

Cranberry Sauce with Candied Ginger

The traditional holiday side dish gets a burst of warmth and vigor from a splash of orange juice, a dash of triple sec, and two forms of ginger.

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