Alabama Tailgate Great Friends, Great Times and Great Food Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:33:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2019 Alabama / WCU Tailgate Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:33:07 +0000 Well, it’s that time of the year again.  The last tailgate of 2019 is on us.  This week, like most pre Iron Bowl tailgates we will be at the Shelby County Alumni Associations tent serving up breakfast.  You can get details about the tent and even join the association over at  No need to be a member to enjoy the tailgate, but I’d be remiss not to point you to who we are and why we do what we so –  So if you come by the house, we will not be there till after the game.  We will likely watch some evening games there if the weather is nice enough. 

As always, please pass along a huge thanks to Billy, Chad and Jules for all the help at each game.  I know many of you chip in and help, but those 3 are the glue that holds the tailgate together.  Thanks crew!

If you make it down, please stop by the chapters tent and help us welcome the Western Carolina Catamount’s to campus this week.  For breakfast I’m going to do a take on a southern classic, biscuits and gravy.  For this dish I’ll use local (well Alabama local) Conecuh sausage to make the gray.  This is the base for my shrimp and grits.  I’ll cover biscuits with the mixture and then bake them with cheese on top.  It’ an easy dish and perfect for the early morning kickoff.  I’m shooting to have food there around 9:30.  The chapter always has plenty of drinks and other snacks.  We will have the TV running with the games on. 

Hope to see you all there.



2019 Alabama v LSU Tailgate Mon, 04 Nov 2019 16:04:40 +0000 It’s that time of the year – Gumbo time!  That can only mean one thing, Bama VS LSU.  As most of you know, I love this game.  I love this food.  I love this tailgate.

I’ve got the tasso curing now and it will go on the smoker later this week.  I’ll start the roux in the evenings to come as well as some of the stocks.  To say this particular tailgate is a labor of love is an understatement!

I expect a pretty big crowed for this tailgate.  I love the 2:30 game times, but it does make for a compressed morning timeline.  I’ll have appetizers coming off all morning and the mains off around 12:30.

As always we have plenty of brews from Cahaba Brewing (thanks again for the partnership!)

Here’s the menu

  • Starters
    • Various New Orleans Inspired Cocktails
    • Fresh Cracklings
    • Pepper Jack Stuffed Boudin Balls
    • Cajun Stuffed Chicken Thighs
  • Mains
    • Gumbo Ya-Ya (seafood, chicken and duck)
    • Jambalaya
    • Etouffee

After the game I’ll fry some shrimp and crawfish for po-boys.

Do me a HUGE favor and let me know if you’re coming so that I can get the correct amount of food.  I want to have plenty, but don’t want to have too much left over.

See you on Sat!

Roll Tide,


2019 Alabama / Arkansas Tailgate Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:48:05 +0000 With TN behind us, we have our first fall weather and night game in the books.  We’re still a few days out, but NOAA is calling for possible rain and a high in the upper 60’s.

This weekend welcomes homecoming to the University of Alabama.  It’s always a great time catching up with old friends, making new ones and welcoming guests from the other team.   We’re hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Last weekend we smoked up a number of dishes in honor of Ole Smokey and it’s only fitting to continue with the smoking and pork theme since the hogs are in town.

We had a big crowed last weekend, with many new faces.  Hope to see you all again.  Remember, parking is first come first serve – we’ve always managed to squeeze folks in and will continue to try.  You want that special spot that guarantees a quick exit then get here early or bump down a lot and pay the college kids who manage their lot for that premium spot.  Roll Tide.

We will be firing up the smoker and open pit mid-morning to get the dinner items up and running.  We will be pulling various meats and smoked items off all afternoon.  The parade starts at 1pm and game kick at 6pm.  I’m shooting to have dinner off around 4:15 or so to give you time to eat and get  to the game.

Chad’s working on a few rubs and brines for pork butts.  Jules is perfecting her injection recipe for pork butts.  We’re treating part of the tailgate as a dry run for Cahaba Q.  So come hungry and ready for feedback.  I’ll be running some various sausages, ribs and pork loin knots on the open pit. I’m trying to source some Pork Shanks to do “pork wings”.  As most of you know, I try not to repeat menus.  But last time we played Arkansas, I created a dish and it was just too good not to repeat.  I’ll have it out for a mid-morning snack (actually I’m repeating more than one)

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:


  • Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash Tacos with Smoked Salsa Verde
  • Al Pastor stuffed Swineapple Tacos with Pickled Red Onions
  • Margarita Bar (it goes with tacos you know)
  • Pork Sausages
  • Pork “Wings”


  • Smoked Pork Butts
  • Salad
  • Razorback Beans

As always, if you know you’re making it please let me know.

Roll Tide,


2019 Alabama / TN Tailgate – 3rd Saturday in October! Wed, 16 Oct 2019 18:56:23 +0000 It’s that time of the year, fall is in the air and we’re welcoming in the Third Saturday in October!  It’s been a crazy series of games filled with some long streaks on both sides of the coin.  We’re of course hoping to extend our current streak by one more win on Saturday.

This game always reminds me of Oktoberfest, I know I know it’s already over.  But somehow celebrating it a few weeks back when temps were in the 100’s just seemed crazy.  We also welcome Smokey to campus, so we may as well smoke some food for this one.  And of course I’ll have plenty of Cahaba Oktoberfest on hand!  We will be cooking on both the open pit and the big smoker.

With an 8PM kickoff, I’ll be doing lunch and dinner.  For lunch I’m going to feature Conechuh Sausage burgers.  These are a wonderful combination of traditional a traditional burger, cut with about 25% ground Conechuh with a little blue cheese thrown in.  I’ll have some other items coming off throughout the day for snacking as well.

I know folks will be tricking in, so please let me know what meals you’ll likely make so I can make sure to cook enough – and not too much.

Here’s my thoughts for Lunch/Snacks

  • Conechuh blue cheese burgers on pretzel buns (assuming I can source them in time)
  • Blue cheese and smoked apple slaw
  • Smoked chicken wings

Dinner thoughts:

  • German Style Cabbage and Green Beans (with smoked cabbage)
  • Grilled Bratwursts with smoked veggies and mustard sauce
  • Oktoberfest Pork Roast with smoked apple sauce
  • Grilled German Potato Salad

Hope to see you Saturday and Roll Tide!


2019 Alabama / Ole Miss Tailgate Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:03:35 +0000 This week we welcome the Ole Miss, well I’m not sure who they are this year.  At any rate, we are excited about the first SEC game of 2019.  I’ll be out of town for this game.  Fear not, Jules, Chad and Billy will be manning the grill for this one.

Mississippi is always a tough one to plan a menu around.  Back in the Black Bear days, I’d attempted to source some bear meat.  With the land shark’s taking over (is that who they are today?) a shark dish is always an option.  This week the crew is going to take it a little easier and do a pretty simple menu. We hope to slide on past Ole Miss and thus will do a weekend of sliders.  We will tie in Bama with Conecuh Sausage and of course beer from Cahaba Brewing.

With a 2:30 kick we will shoot to have the food off around 12:30.   Here’s the menu:

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sliders
  • Conecuh Sausage Sliders
  • Southern Cole Slaw
  • Macaroni and Cheese

I hate I’ll miss this one but will catch you at the next home game.

Roll Tide,


2019 Alabama v Southern Miss Tailgate Wed, 18 Sep 2019 18:40:59 +0000 Welcome back to Tuscaloosa Tide fans. This week we welcome the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.  Looking back at the archives, I see we last hosted the Golden Eagles in 2014.  Like that year, cooler weather is in the forecast (it’s sad when the lower 90’s is cooler).  Unlike 2014 we have an early kick for this one (11AM).  No worries, it’s perfect ice cold beer weather.  So stop by and enjoy one of the many Cahaba Brewing beers we will have on hand.  Speaking of, a HUGE thanks to the entire Cahaba Brewing crew for the partnership #JumpIn.

Last tailgate I featured Golden Eagle Syrup to give a nod to the Golden Eagles and tie the menu back to Alabama.  This week I plan on doing the same.  When I think of Hattiesburg, the first thought that comes to mind is Camp Shelby.  I spent a week there one weekend back in college.  At any rate a treat of that weekend was Maj Gibbard taking the crew to an all you can eat buffet called The Lumberjack (can’t recall the name for sure).  It was a never-ending buffet of traditional southern food and I seem to remember it including squirrel.

Don’t fear, there’s no squirrel on the menu this week.  In addition to the above memory, Hattiesburg also always reminds me of heading to New Orleans.  So with an early kickoff I thought I’d do a brunch menu that gives a nod to traditional southern food as well as New Orleans classic.  Grillades and Grits are a traditional Creole brunch item and one of my favorite dishes.  It’s hard to get anymore southern than biscuits topped with butter and Golden Eagle Syrup.

Here’s what I am thinking

  • Crimson Sunrise Mimosas
  • Ice Cold Cahaba Brewing Beers
  • Southern Biscuits with butter and Golden Eagle Syrup
  • Biscuits topped with Grillades (a play on the traditional dish and a nod to biscuits and gravy)

I’ll be setting up early and am shooting to have food off around 9:15 or so.  Come on by and say hello.



2019 Alabama / New Mexico State Tailgate Thu, 05 Sep 2019 01:51:41 +0000 Well, it’s that time of the year again.  I’ve mentioned it before, it’s always crazy when the season starts back up.  The last memories of tailgates included hearty meals, coats and fires.  The lingering memories of near 100 degree days sitting in the blazing sun are about to come to the forefront.  Is it going to be hot, yes!  Will I curse the cooking fire, not too much.  Am I excited to see everyone, you bet!  Plus it makes those ice cold beverages from Cahaba Brewing event better.

We welcome the New Mexico State Aggies this week in from beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico.  New Mexico State is also home to the Chile Pepper Institute.  It’s only logical that the tailgate include some form of Green Chile in the menu.  If you’ve been to a tailgate the last few years you’ve seen that Chad and I are cooking over an open pit, that’s added a new twist to many traditional recipes and helps impart a unique flavor to many of the dishes.  This year we will continue down that path.  I enjoy cooking dishes that have layers of flavor, often cooking items separately using different techniques for those layers to create a product that’s unique.

In getting ready for the menu, I hit up a good friend who spent most his adult life in New Mexico for some menu ideas.  He recommended Calabacitas.  It’s a unique side dish that I’ll deconstruct and add some fire roasted elements.  It includes squash, zucchini and corn – all of which respond well to a nice char over an open fire.  I’ll combine this with fire roasted Green Chile enchiladas.  I’ve been on a cabbage salad (at what point does it become slaw) kick as of late, so I’ll work that into the menu.  In addition to Cahaba Brewing Beer these dishes seem to ask to be paired with a margarita.   For the rita and slaw, I’m going to work some Alabama Peaches into the mix to tie things back into the home state.

We’ve talked about doing dinner since there’s a big game on after our game (LSU / Texas).  I also imagine we will have a number of folks heading back early from our game to catch the end of the  Texas A&M/Clemson Game.

Do me a HUGE favor and let me know if you’re coming and a rough number in your group.
Here’s the rough idea of a menu.

  • Summer Margarita Bar (traditional, peach and Green Chile)
  • Fire Roasted Deconstructed Calabacitas
  • Fire Roasted Green Chile Pork and Chicken Enchiladas
  • Summer slaw with peaches
  • Dinner:Green Chile Cheeseburgers

We will be setup in the normal location with food coming off around 12:30.  As many of you know Mr and Mrs Jarmon (and Pepper) had talked about slowing down on the tailgate front.  They will be in town this weekend to say hello and enjoy the food and most importantly to visit.  Don’t miss your chance to catch up with the Jarmon’s and say hello.  I know we will see them at some other games through the years, but they won’t be at them all.

I’m excited to see everyone and to get the tailgate season going.

Roll Tide,

2018 Alabama / Auburn Tailgate Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:38:13 +0000 Wow, what a great season up till now.  Got a few more games left, but this is the last home game and one of my favorite each time it rolls around.

I say it every year but be sure to thank our hosts the Jarmon’s.  There’s a great deal of work that goes into maintaining the tailgate spot.  In addition, a huge thanks to my wife for putting up with my adventures – and more importantly thank you for helping fuel my passion.  Chad, thanks for all you do from menu ideas to prep work and cooking – thanks man.

I expect a decent crowed for this one so I’m going to have some appetizers, a main meal and then something for after the game.


  • Yellowhammers


  • Cheese sticks
  • Egg Rolls
  • Sausage


  • Smoked macaroni and cheese
  • Smoked pear and blue cheese slaw
  • Smoked beef tenderloin
  • Smoked pork tenderloin

After the Game

  • Smoked and fried wings


With a 2:30 kick and a big game on at 11, I’ll start rolling off apps around 11 and shooting to have the mains off around 12:00 or so.

See you Saturday and Roll Tide!


2018 Alabama / Citadel Tailgate By The Quad Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:23:41 +0000 Well folks, we’re in the home stretch of regular season games.  We’ve got two left in Tuscaloosa.  Last weekend was pretty chili.  So far it looks like the cool temperatures will stick around for this weekend’s game as well.

This week I’ll be doing my annual trip to the Shelby County Alumni Tent.  If you’re down for the game, head on over to the chapters tent.  It’s always an open invite so come on by.  The tent is located in front of Little Hall right across from the Quad on University.  It’s on the corner of Elm and University (map here).

With an 11AM kick I’m going to do breakfast.  I’m going to do a round of Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Alabama Sausage gravy casserole over biscuits.  It’s a new recipe I’ve been working on that I hope you like.

I’ll be hitting the road before the end of the game.  We will not be setting up the TV etc at the house.  Hope to see you at the Quad.


Roll Tide,


2018 Alabama / MS State Tailgate Thu, 08 Nov 2018 04:07:22 +0000 After nearly a month off we’re back at home this week and welcoming in the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  These guys always play Bama tough and I expect this week to be no different.

I’ve talked in the past about it can be tough doing a new menu for teams we play year in and year out.  So rather than fight it this time, I’m going to take the easy way out and do some logical Mississippi staples along with a few twists on some dishes that have always been hits.

Here’s my thoughts:

  • Traditional Fried Catfish with homemade tartar sauce
  • Fried Okra with French fries
  • Smoked catfish pate with smoked almonds
  • Traditional southern slaw

With a 2:30 game I am trying to get everything off around noon.


See you Saturday,

Roll Tide!