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5 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Your Game Day BBQ or Tailgating Party

If you're planning an early-fall party or BBQ, here are five super-simple and mega-tasty recipes for your game-day bash!
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The punishing August haze has receded for the most part. And, let's face it - it's one of the most magical times of the year... when football games bring families and friends together in front of TVs or in the stadium parking lot for an epic tailgating session. If you're planning an early-fall party or BBQ, here are five super-simple and mega-tasty recipes for your game-day bash!


Hit the barbecue with this Thai inspired marinade that will kick your shrimp skewers up several levels - and will pair perfectly with any fruit or veggie you like. The cool thing is that you can use this Thai marinade with beef, chicken or tofu. Everyone wins!


Ever go to a Japanese steakhouse and end up demolishing an entire container of that amazing, pinkish side-sauce? Well, it's known colloquially as Yum Yum Sauce - and it goes with more than just Wagyu beef. Fire up some briquettes, or get the grill pan going, and try your new condiment BFF with grilled summer squash (aka: zucchini).


Wondering what to put in your picnic basket for that game day feast? The solution is as old-school as it comes: chicken salad sandwiches. Celery, apples and almonds bring the crunch - and ripe avocado introduces an otherworldly creaminess to the mix.


This tart pickled side is the perfect accompaniment to anything from BBQ ribs to a crawfish boil. Chili peppers and mango round out the tart with some heat and sweet. Or just toss the mix over a bowl of arugula or baby spinach and eat the king of salads! Best part - it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.


To me, game day BBQs mean burgers on the grill... the spicier the better! For my money, nothing brings the heat better than tobanjan and ginger. Shredded cabbage and pickled cucumbers lend a textured crunch that will have you and your family scrambling back to the grill for seconds.