A Perfect Tailgate Snack for Football Season

You might not be able to feel it yet, but believe us when we tell you: fall is in the air!

The weather, especially here in the South, may lead you to believe that we still have endless days of summer ahead of us filled with vacations at the beach, days at the pool, and boat rides on the lake. But in the South, it’s not the arrival of cooler temperatures that signal the beginning of the fall season but rather the return of college football season. That’s right: college football is back this weekend!

All of us here at Southern Way Catering could not be more excited about the return of college football, especially the return of the South Carolina Gamecocks to Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday afternoon for the first football game of the season. Who’s ready to wake up, head out to the stadium for tailgating with friends and family, and then into the stadium to see the Gamecocks take the field against Coastal Carolina? We are!

Do you have your tailgate menu planned out yet? We have a couple of great tailgate recipes to share with you today that will impress your guests and leave everyone at your tailgate well-fed before the beginning of the game! Both of these pair well on a pulled pork BBQ Slider or you can serve the cole slaw as a side item. However you choose to serve them, we know you’ll enjoy them both.

Blue Cheese Cole Slaw
6 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 lbs shredded cabbage
6 oz blue cheese

Combine cider vinegar, onion, sugar, celery seed, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and minced garlic together in a bowl. Slowly whisk in vegetable oil to the mixture, cover, and chill for at least 15 minutes. After chilling, stir in shredded cabbage and blue cheese to the mixture. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.
Sweet Blend BBQ Sauce
1 qt mustard
1/2 cup burgundy
1 pt white vinegar
1/2 cup apple juice
0.6# corn syrup
0.6# honey
4 cups ketchup
1/2# brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Texas Pete
2 tbsp. salt
1/4 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tbsp. coarse black pepper
Mix together all ingredients thoroughly in mixer and store at room temperature.