Tasty Dishes for Tailgating Tastebuds in Tuscaloosa

One of the best parts of an Alabama football game is the food. Tailgating is a crucial part of the college football experience, and Crimson Tide tailgates are full of fans grilling, frying, smoking, dipping, mixing, and topping tasty dishes. While any food is fair game on gameday, there are some tailgate foods that just taste like football – and it’s a flavor many Crimson Tide fans crave all year long.

If you fall in that category, you don’t have to wait until football season to enjoy the gameday foods you love! Whip up one of these tasty recipes to kickstart your tailgating tastebuds and perfect your gameday dishes so you’re ready to take on that first Tide tailgate. 

Pigs in a Blanket

This iconic finger food is a favorite at Alabama tailgates (especially when we’re playing Arkansas.) They’re super easy to make, surprisingly addictive, and can feed an entire crowd with just 3 affordable ingredients. 


  • 1 package cocktail weenies. You can also use traditional hot dogs cut into quarters. 
  • 2 8oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • ⅓ cup Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Unroll both cans of crescent roll dough and flatten into squares by combining 2 triangles. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice each square into small, equal strips.  
  3. Spread a small dollop of Dijon mustard in the center of each strip.
  4. Place one weenie onto each strip of dough and roll up. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Beer Cheese Dip

It only takes 20 minutes to make a rich, creamy dip that combines two of the best flavors at any football tailgate: cheese and beer! TIp: the darker the beer, the bolder the taste. 
It only takes 20 minutes to make a rich, creamy dip that combines two of the best flavors at any football tailgate: cheese and beer! TIp: the darker the beer, the bolder the taste. 


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup beer of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar (shredded)
  • 1 cup gruyere (shredded)


  1. Melt butter, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper over medium heat in a saucepan. Cook 1 minute.
  2. Stir in milk and beer a bit at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Continue cooking over medium heat, add in mustard and Worcestershire, cooking sauce until thick and bubbly.
  3. Reduce heat to low, add cheeses, and stir just until melted and smooth. 
  4. Serve warm with vegetables, tortilla chips or soft pretzels.

Conecuh Sausage Dogs

Nothing is more Crimson Tide than Conecuh Sausage, and the famed company’s recipe for sausage dogs helps bring out the best in their bold hickory-smoked flavor. Fire up the grill on your WestGate balcony and get ready for a feast!


  • 1 package Conecuh Little Chief Premium Franks
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • BBQ sauce of choice
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sweet dill relish


  1. Grill sausage dogs on all sides until done. 
  2. Dip in warm BBQ sauce. 
  3. Serve on warm buns. 
  4. Top with chopped onions, BBQ sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, and sweet dill relish. Enjoy!

Enjoy Good Food Without Fuss at WestGate!

Of course, if you spend home games at WestGate you won’t have to worry about bringing the heat. Our gameday experience includes chef-catered meals full of tasty tailgate treats that offer delicious flavor with minimal fuss. Book your home game stay today!

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