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Are you cooking for the big game? Maybe you just have a big group of friends coming over for a backyard bbq? Or maybe you’re sitting at home with your family watching the game on the couch. No matter the situation, you’re gonna need some good tailgate food recipes.

This list of 45 tailgate food recipes is a list of some of my favorite bbq recipes. It includes appetizers, main courses, and desserts that are loaded with smoky delicious flavor.

I hope you love this list of tailgate party recipe ideas! If you end up cooking one of these recipes for the big game, take some pics and tag me on social media @smokedmeatsunday

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Smoked Brisket

smoked brisket
Everyone loves a perfectly smoked brisket

Brisket is a smoked meat staple. If you’re serving brisket at your tailgate or Super Bowl watch party, the people will be happy.

Crispy Chicken Wings

smoked chicken wings
Who doesn’t love a pile of chicken wings

Chicken Wings are great, but smoked chicken wings are better. This is by far my most requested meal by friends and family.

Pulled Pork

Pulled pork and a beer? Yes please!

Pulled pork is a great tailgate party recipe. It’s a versatile cut of meat, and people absolutely devour it.

Shredded Beef Tacos

Smoked and Shredded Beef Tacos
Who doesn’t love a good shredded beef taco?

Similar to pulled pork, shredded beef is versatile, and delicious. Serve it with corn tortillas and watch the meat disappear.

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Baby Back Ribs

pork baby back ribs
Smoked Ribs? Yes Please!

Baby Back ribs are great tailgate food. They’re easy to serve, and you can eat them with one hand…

Chicken Thighs

Smoked Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are cheap, and super easy to make.

One of my favorite things to make on a smoker. Chicken Thighs are so damn tasty, and the perfect simple tailgate party recipe.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Pork Belly Burnt Ends
Pork belly burnt ends melt in your mouth, but I don’t recommend eating them with your hands.

If you haven’t tried pork belly burnt ends yet, you’re missing out.

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends

They’re called poor man’s burnt ends, but the flavor is rich and delicious.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Everything is better wrapped in bacon.

Chuck Roast Chili

Smoked Chili Recipe

If the temps have dropped, this hearty chili is just what you need.

Mini Pigskins in a Blanket


Don’t let their simplicity fool ya. If you serve these at your next tailgate party, they won’t last long.

Juicy Lucy’s

Juicy Lucy's loaded with mushrooms and swiss cheese

Burgers are better when they are stuffed with mushrooms and swiss cheese.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Smoked Meatballs

Meatballs stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon. What else needs to be said?

Bacon Candy

My Favorite Bacon Recipe - Bacon Crack

Dinosaur Eggs

Smoked Chex Mix

Jalapeno Poppers

a tray of Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Pizza Knots

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings

Cold Smoked Cheese

Chunky Jalapeno and Artichoke Dip

Smoked Beer Cheese

Bacon-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

Smoked Cheesy Bacon Bread

Smoked Ice Cubes

Chorizo and Onion Cheese Dip

Sweet Potato Bison Sliders

Hatch Chili and Bacon Hot Dish

Homemade Onion Dip

Smoked Cheese Dip

Stuffed Mushrooms

low carb stuffed mushrooms
sprinkle a little parsley on the top to balance out the flavor

Smoked Little Smokies

Cheesy Pull Aparts

Bacon Roll-Ups

Smoked Oreo Cheesecake

Smoked Apple Pie

Beef Chuck Ribs

Hasselback Potatoes

Double Smoked Potatoes

Smoked Rosemary Bacon

Rib Sandwiches

The Ultimate List of Game Day Foods and Appetizers

Whoa! If you made it this far, congrats! I would have clicked away to one of these delicious recipes about halfway through.

The next time you’re cooking for a tailgate party or just a big group of friends or family, come back to this list and pick one of these great tailgate food recipes!

Do you have some other tailgate party ideas I missed? Let me know in the comments!

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