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Eat, Drink and Tailgate!

We are now in the midst of college football season! Conference games have started and the polls are out…Texas Tech is currently No. 20 in the Associated Press poll. Wreck Em!

What is your favorite part about college football? Mine has to be the tailgating. Having grown up in Lubbock, I have been tailgating at Texas Tech football games most of my life. I love being able to catch up with family and friends, eat amazing food and gear up for the big game each weekend.

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With my little brother at a tailgate last year!

This weekend, Texas Tech takes on Iowa State University at home. If you’ve never been part of a Red Raider tailgate, now’s the chance! Set up your own, or head on over to Raider Alley for the ultimate tailgating experience.

Raider Alley, one of the nation’s largest pre-game tailgate parties in all of college football, begins three hours before kickoff and ends shortly after the start of the game. Located right beside the Fraizer Alumni Pavilion (17th Street and University Avenue), Raider Alley exudes the perfect game-day atmosphere with great food, ice cold drinks, opportunities to purchase your favorite Texas Tech merchandise and entertaining live performances. In addition to these features, the Texas Tech Cheerleaders and Spirit Squads perform a pre-game pep rally to get fans ready to cheer on their Red Raiders.

Just like any good gathering, it’s critical to have delicious food and ice cold beverages at football tailgates. One of our beloved tailgating treats is Pedro’s Tamales! (Check out the blog we wrote about the successful business.)

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A must-have at tailgates, Pedro’s Tamales!

Not only do we usually pick up tamales, but everyone contributes by bringing their football-ready foods. Here’s one of my favorite items to make–it’s easy and delicious!

RecipeCream Cheese Sausage Balls

  • 1 lb hot sausage, uncooked
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Bisquick
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix all ingredients until well combined (I usually hand-mix them). Roll the mixture into one-inch balls. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown. Enjoy! (Recipe from blog: Plain Chicken)

What are your favorite tailgating techniques or memories?