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Honey BBQ sliders with a fall coleslaw and everything you need for an awesome trunk tailgate party!
During the fall our weekends are all about football! I’ve shared lots of my favorite game day recipes and even given you a glimpse of some of my game day parties but those have always been at home. Today I’m finally sharing a tailgate party hosted right out of the back of my car! Tailgating is always such a good time. We all get to the stadium early, park our cars near each other and then break out the party stuff and get down to eating!
You know me, I go all out and I’ve got some new recipes this year that are super simple but totally delicious. My current favorite is my Honey BBQ Sliders. They are Honey BBQ boneless wings topped with a sweet fall coleslaw and sandwiched between two slider buns. Now I know you’re thinking there is no way you’re getting up early enough to make all of that before you head out to go tailgating but that’s the beauty of these tasty little sliders, they take almost no work at all! I stop by Walmart in the morning on my way to the game and grab a bucket of the Honey BBQ boneless wings from the hot deli, and a couple of bags of slider buns. The wings are already cooked and warm and they are totally delicious. Even better, right now Walmart has an awesome deal going on, only $10 for a bucket of 20 wings!!
The secret to my Honey BBQ sliders, other than they tasty wings, is the fall coleslaw I top them with. The Fall Coleslaw can be made the day before and it is so easy! All you do is thinly slice up 2 apples and cut them into matchsticks (long, thin pieces), then toss them with a few cups of coleslaw mix. In a separate bowl mix up some mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and honey and pour it over the coleslaw tossing everything until it is thoroughly coated. Put the finished coleslaw in a sealed container and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
When I get to the stadium I open up the slider buns, add a scoop of fall coleslaw to each one and top them with Honey BBQ boneless wings before putting on the top bun. Quick and easy!
My trunk tailgating set up is simple but super cute because, well, you know I like a good-looking party:). I open up my trunk and hang some outdoor lights (someone always has a small generator so I can plug them in). I line the floor of the trunk with brown paper so that if anything is spilled clean-up is simple. I learned that lesson the hard way. Trust me you don’t want to be vacuuming out your car for days after the game.
I drive a big SUV so you can see straight into my car when the trunk is open. Since no one wants to look at the mess my kids have left in the backseat I created a backdrop out of a grass carpet and some white duct tape. I use this on my table for parties at home but it works perfectly like this for tailgating. I even cut out some white X’s and O’s and created a football play on the field.
I use a white tub full of ice for drinks and to keep things cute I wrapped the drink bottles in black and white striped scrapbook paper, and football textured scrapbook paper. I even found this super cute referee drink coozy so someone is keeping an eye on things at all times ;).
The Honey BBQ Sliders with that sweet, crisp fall coleslaw are definitely the star of the party but that’s not all…
I’ve been making this BBQ Popcorn a lot lately. It’s so easy and it can be made ahead of time. Just pop some popcorn the night before, melt a little butter, and then drizzle it over the popcorn and sprinkle on a bunch of bbq dry rub. It helps to have two people so you can keep the popcorn moving as you sprinkle it with the dry rub, that way everything gets coated evenly. Pack up the seasoned BBQ popcorn in an airtight container and take it to the tailgate the next day.
I also make these bacon cheese balls a lot because…well bacon! Oh, and you can make them days ahead of time. They are great for feeding a bunch of people, just grab one and a few crackers and you’re good to go.
Those are some of my best trunk tailgating tips. I hope they helped inspire you!
Get the recipe for my Fall Coleslaw
- 6 cups Coleslaw mix
- 2 Fuji Apple, cut into matchsticks
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Honey
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Combine Coleslaw and Fuji apple sticks in a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl combine mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and honey.
- Pour over coleslaw and toss until it is thoroughly coated.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Whether you are tailgating or homegating don’t forget to stop by the Walmart hot deli and grab a bucket of wings! They come in a variety of flavors and right now you can get them at a special price, 20 Wings for $10!