Besides the game itself, the most important part of tailgating is the food and drinks. From extravagant set-ups to trailers with full grills and fridges, tailgating has become a sport in itself. Instead of working away in the kitchen during pre-game festivities, enjoy time with friends thanks to these no-hassle slow cooker tailgating dishes. From cheesy dips to build-it-yourself tacos to sweet and savory BBQ sandwiches, let the slow cooker do the work for you. Despite the outcome of the game, let your tailgate always be a win with these slow-cooker football party recipes.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa Brisket
Traditional Mexican barbacoa involves wrapping meat in banana or avocado leaves and slowly cooking it over hot coals, partially steaming the meat to tender perfection. This slow cooker version replicates the flavors and a bit of that traditional method: Chipotle chiles, ground cumin, and oregano offer bold, smoky flavor, and the beef brisket steams to tenderness as it cooks gently in the slow cooker. For tacos, serve the saucy barbacoa in tortillas with green and red onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeño slices, and fresh lime wedges. Or build yourself one awesome burrito bowl with those same components by putting them over brown rice or quinoa instead of in tortillas.