Few things go as good together as Thanksgiving and Football. Most people may tune in to their football game from the comfort of their couches, but some families head down to the stadium in person.

Pulling off a tailgate Thanksgiving isn’t easy at all, but when done right, it might even be better than sitting around the dinner table.

Whether you’re cheering on high school, college or a professional football team this Thanksgiving, here are some of the best Thanksgiving foods to make as you tailgate in the parking lots.

As your tailgate setup is coming together you’ll want to pour yourself a drink to help relieve your stress and warm your body from the chill November air. This Tailgate Bloody Maria cocktail recipe will be a hit with your friends and family.

No Thanksgiving is complete, of course, without the turkey. Get your grills or smokers fired up early because it’ll take some time to get the turkey cooked just right.

While you’re waiting for your main course to cook in the parking lot, you’ll want to make sure you’ll have an appetizer to hold off the hunger of your tailgating crew. Not to mention, to help get some food in your stomach are you start drinking early. This cheesy jalapeno skillet dip is the perfect option to pick on as you’re waiting for your Thanksgiving meal to grill.

Sure turkey is great on Thanksgiving, but we all know we’re really here for the sides. It wouldn’t be practical to bring all your favorite Thanksgiving sides down to the football stadium. You’ll want to find sides that are easy to cook, easy to transport and easy to eat. Just like grilled corn on the cob with mesquite cilantro butter.

As your preparing to feast in the comfort of your lawn chair in the tailgating parking lot you’ll want to make sure that you’re checking on that turkey. You don’t want to forget it and overcook it. Make sure you’re grill is staying fired up and that the turkey is cooking evenly.

Before you head into the game you may want a sweet treat. What’s Thanksgiving without some dessert? These mini apple pie bites are easy to make before hand and taste delicious!

Ice your beers, pour your drinks and get ready to cheer on your favorite football team this Thanksgiving!

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