Kick Off The Football Season With A Tailgate! #HormelFamily #Ad

*This is post was written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods.  I am part of the Hormel Family Bloggers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

    Anyone who has known me for a long time understands that I have never been, nor will I ever be, a major sports fan.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with sports or that I don’t recognize the important impact that sports have on young peoples’ self-esteem and independence.  However, I have noticed that as the years go on, I’m a lot more tolerant of watching them and I’m sure this has a lot to do with the fact that my son is an avid sportsman and I really enjoy watching him play.

    Now that the weather is getting cool, there is definitely something in the air in my home and that thing is football.  Much to my chagrin, is it always on the television and my husband and son attend games at the local stadium.  For them, this is the best time of the year.  Me, not so much.  Luckily, my younger son couldn’t care about sports either so I end up having a partner when I choose to engage in other activities while football is on.

    Hormel Foods recently conducted a study to better understand football fans, the importance of tailgating and favorite tailgating foods. According to the study, more than 76 percent of fans say tailgating is a crucial part of the game day ritual and 73 percent would rather feast on their own menu versus stadium food!  This is especially true for my guys because they love taking their own snacks and foods to the stadium when they go.  I know that it also saves them a lot of money when they don’t have to buy food at the concession stand.

    Here is a menu of fan favorite recipes that can be enjoyed at the stadium or even at home when the game is on:

  • Backyard Barbecue Ribs: Heat up the grill for these easy-to-make crowd pleasers, featuring Hormel® Always Tender® Pork Country Style Ribs
  • Hot Pepperoni Dip: Whip up this dip featuring delicious Hormel® pepperoni (regular or mini sized!) to bring to your tailgate. Prep time is less than 30 minutes!
  • Grilled Honey Ham Steaks and Fruit Salsa: Get creative with this recipe featuring Hormel® Natural Choice® Honey Deli Ham and fresh fruits

Let’s Discuss:  How often do you tailgate? How important is food to your tailgate? What is your favorite tailgating recipe? 

Disclosure: In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Hormel Foods as part of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Tough Cookie Mommy are my own.

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  1. Those backyard bbq ribs have me wanting to go out to dinner. I have to try that. Our grill is still up and although its getting cold hubby can still light up the grill and make these. Thanks for the recipe. As for football, I’m not a fan so I won’t be watching any games. 🙂

  2. There always has to be a good variety for our tailgate parties. LOTS of food is a must!

  3. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    Tailgateing is a lot of fun. I know some people who used to cook a chicken on the motor of their car while they were driving to the tailgate. I think it was wrapped in foil… not sure how they kept it in place.

  4. Crystal Threeprincesandaprince says

    I am a big sports fan…. To a better season next year
    Yankees, and said with a bag over my head “let’s go Giants!” 😉 Now that I got that out of the way, to answer
    your question, yes, food is very important to our tailgating parties. Those
    ribs are sounding a bit too good right now!!! I’ve bookmarked the recipe.

  5. Dawn Spatulas On Parade says

    We don’t watch football but we are tailgate and party food lovers. haha

  6. Daisy Tremorev says

    I want to try that hot pepperoni dip! Sounds so good.

  7. Katherine Bartlett says

    It all sounds so good but I can’t eat pork. Maybe I’ll have to experiment with something else!

  8. we don’t tailgate too often, but we love tailgate foods. i guess we tailgate in spirit?

  9. Everything looks good, even that pepperoni dip (and I don’t eat meat, lol).

  10. Karen Hewitt says

    I’m not a sports person either, but the ribs sound we really good

  11. We are a BIG football family and ALWAYS have a whole array of snacks lined up for the games. I love hearing about new things like this to add to the list of things I make.

  12. Melanie Roberts says

    What a great spread to add to our Tailgate parties… YUMM.. I had no idea that Hormel would come in that handy with preparing simple snacks and meals… LOVE it. Thanks for sharing the great recipes and I can’t wait to try the ribs.

  13. Well I’m not sure if we technically tailgate, but we definitely are big football fans and spend a lot of time at home watching games on TV. Hubby takes the kids to his old high school’s games.

  14. We don’t have tailgate parties, but we do have people over to watch the game sometimes. I am a lot more tolerate of watching sports than I used to be and I always enjoy seeing the Georgia Bulldogs play.

  15. believe it or not I have never been to a tailgating party. but they look so much fun. the food looks deelish.

  16. Slap Dash Mom says

    We don’t eat meat so we wouldn’t be serving those BUT that is the only reason I even like Game Day.. to EAT! 🙂

  17. Lee-Viccy Howe says

    From a Brit – what is a tailgating party? Never heard of it, lol
    But these snacks look delicious! xx

  18. I’m the only woman with a family of boys. Luckily, I was schooled on what football was a long time ago. LOL! What I do love about football is all the Sunday eating! These are some awesome recipes :).

  19. Amanda McMahon says

    i love football – and food definitely goes along with a football party

  20. kristenione says

    I get bored watching football but like that it brings me together with my husband and gives me a chance to cook yummy foods. That pepperoni dip looks amazing!

  21. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    Now I’m inspired to be a little more creative with my tailgating foods. Thank you!

  22. Football!! I am actaully watching the last football game of sunday night as I type this ( commercial!) This dip looks really good I must add it to my football pin board

  23. We love football in my house. I would love to try the dip. It sounds really good.

  24. We aren’t football people in this house. But that still looks like some good eatin~

  25. Healy Harpster says

    I would definitely want to try the barbecue ribs, yum!

  26. Me & my siblings are true football fans! This looks so yummmmmmmy! 🙂

  27. We don’t tailgate often as we are not big football fans, but if there is an event that we all gather to watch, food is a must! For prep, for breaks and all the time in-between!

  28. We love football around here. But I’m talking about high school football. My son is on the varsity team. We had a tailgate the other week, but just did basic things that you’d expect.

    *The team has a 7-0 record 🙂

  29. nicole dziedzic says

    My favorite tailgate recipe is the chili hands down. My uncle makes the best! And I could never pass up some BBQ ribs.

  30. Carolyn Barnett says

    I love all of Hormel’s products.They are the best. We love to grill and BBQ too.We are wild about the baby back ribs!

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