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The Art of Tailgating: More Than Just a Pre-Game Ritual

Tailgating is a tradition deeply rooted in sports culture. It’s not just about food and drinks; it’s a celebration of friendship, team spirit, and the love of the game. The following beef recipes are designed to elevate your tailgating experience, making it more memorable and delicious.

Birria Beef Street Tacos by Erica Roby

Erica Roby, a renowned female pitmaster, brings you this recipe that celebrates the versatility of beef. Using a portable flat top griddle, you can prepare this dish right in the parking lot before the big game.


  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into cubes
  • 4 dried guajillo chilies, soaked in hot water
  • 4 dried ancho chilies, soaked in hot water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Soft tortillas
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Blend the soaked chilies, garlic, onion, cumin, coriander, and salt to make the marinade.
  2. Marinate the beef cubes in this mixture for at least 4 hours.
  3. Heat the griddle and sear the beef until browned.
  4. Add beef broth and let it simmer until tender.
  5. Shred the beef and serve in soft tortillas.
  6. Add your choice of toppings such as diced onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

Shepherd Pie Skillet with Ground Beef

For those looking for something hearty and comforting, this shepherd pie skillet recipe is perfect. The portable pellet smoker infuses the dish with a smoky flavor that’s sure to impress.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup beef gravy or broth


  1. Preheat your pellet smoker.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet, breaking it apart as it cooks.
  3. Add onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add spices and stir.
  5. Layer the beef mixture at the bottom of the skillet.
  6. Pour gravy or broth over the beef layer.
  7. Top with mashed potatoes.
  8. Place the skillet in the smoker and cook until the top is golden and crusty.

These recipes are more than just tailgating food; they’re a testament to the joy and camaraderie that come with being a sports fan. Whether you’re in the stadium’s parking lot or in your own backyard, these dishes will make your game day an event to remember. So go ahead, fire up those griddles and smokers, and let the games (and feasting) begin!

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