Food Tips

We have been tailgating for years, and have amassed some great recipes and some cool tips and tricks on putting together a great tailgate spread. Below you will find some great recipes and instructionals on how to make some of the great tailgate food we sometimes serve at our parties. The great thing about our recipes and tutorial videos is that none of us are trained chefs or cooks, but just a regular bunch of guys who enjoy cooking and having fun goofing off doing it. If we can cook this crap, believe me, you can too!

2017 NY Jets Tailgate Schedule

May 7, 2017

Well Jets fans, 2017 is here! We may be in a bit of a rebuild, but if you look at past seasons, the Jets usually surprise when they aren’t supposed to be great on paper. Either way, it will be a fantastic season for partying and having a great time on game day! I have [...]

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Trailer Fundraiser

May 12, 2016

I run the TailgateJoe fan club as a labor of love, crazy as that sounds with the amount of labor that goes into it! I think anyone who has been to one of my parties knows how much time, energy, love, and money goes into it. Insisting on doing the food ourselves and the quality [...]

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italian pork roll

Italian Taylor Ham

October 5, 2015

Once a year, usually around the Columbus Day weekend, we do an “Italian-American” themed tailgate. It is a crowd favorite and a highlight of the TailgateJoe season. The biggest issue with this theme is breakfast and specifically the omission of Taylor ham pork roll from the menu. The Taylor ham sandwiches are a staple of [...]

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kielbasa with brown sugar kraut slow cooker recipe

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Kraut Kielbasa

December 9, 2014

When it comes to planning and executing the perfect tailgate, planning and time management with regard to the menu is really important. I always strive to grill up as much as possible on site, but depending on equipment, what I want to cook, and how many people I have to feed, I also incorporate some [...]

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Thank You Subway – Signature Burger

November 21, 2014

If you are from Brooklyn, Staten Island, or even Manhattan you probably know of John’s Deli and their famous roast beef sandwich. That roast beef, and more so the fresh mozzarella and midnight gravy and onions is stuff of legend. In coming up with an idea for a “cold weather burger,” lol, wtf is a [...]

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Jets-Pesto Burger – Signature Burger

October 6, 2014

For the 10/12/14 Jets game vs the Broncos we are doing a “Italian Tailgate” theme for Columbus Day weekend. I wanted to come up with something special for the burgers with an Italian twist. The obvious choice was to go the route that every diner in the country has as an Italian burger and just [...]

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tri-tip steak sandwich

Beef Tri-Tip, Smoked & Grilled

March 4, 2014

Today I am playing around with a new cut of beef for the first time, tri-tip. It is a small roast that comes from the bottom sirloin and weighs about 2lbs per side of beef. Now, most of you are probably scratching your heads and thinking “why have I never heard of this cut of [...]

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The Tailgate Double – Signature Burger

December 16, 2013

Last season we came up with our first signature burger, the TGJ Lot Burger. It was a big hit when we served it at our parties. For the end of the 2013 season I wanted to do another special burger, and here it is, The Tailgate Double. I have to shamefully admit my most guilty [...]

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TailgateJoe Appearance – Anderson Live

January 31, 2013

Tune in to the Anderson Live Show on Friday 2/1/2013 as tailgating expert and authority Joe from appears in studio to give Anderson and the audience some money saving tailgate tips. TailgateJoe is the biggest and best game day fan club and tailgate party for New York Jets fans at every home game as [...]

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grilled spiral ham

Grilled Spiral Ham

December 14, 2012

Check out this idea for the holidays, a spiral ham kicked up a little with some BBQ spices and grilled outside. This post won’t include any actual recipes as recipes for rubs and glazes can be found all over the web or easily bought.

First we took a bone-in spiral ham. The great thing about the [...]

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