T’was the Wednesday before the start of college football, and all through the South
Preparations were occurring—what should we put in our mouths?
From the most delicious snack foods to the best tent-side drinks,
We’ve got your tailgate covered; we’ll tell you what we think!
Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix, bottled in Oxford, Mississippi, is a farm-crafted cocktail mix that is perfect for morning tailgates and fall brunches. Fresh, homegrown tomatoes go into this handmade mix, so be sure to take their advice and “shake it like you mean it” before using. ($14.95, themississippigiftcompany.com)
Southern Dippin’ Ketchup is the grown-up version of the kids’ favorite condiment. Made with Kentucky bourbon and sweetened with brown sugar and honey, this ketchup is fully Southern and great on everything from burgers to hotdogs! ($8, elbowfoods.com)
Crafted in Charleston, South Carolina, with honey smoked over bourbon staves, bitter orange peel, and lemon, Bittermilk Craft Bitters’ Bittermilk No. 3 will change the way you mix your whiskey sour. Bittermilk No. 3 comes with everything you need for the perfect cocktail right in the bottle, making it an ideal choice for easy tent-side mixing. It pairs wonderfully with your choice of whiskey, or try it with tequila for a margarita! ($15, bittermilk.com)
Owner Robert Armstrong’s grandmother is not only the namesake of G Momma’s Cookies but is also the original source of the recipes that got this Selma, Alabama, company started. These buttery, sweet treats are great for snacking and fending off nervous game-day hunger. Try the Buddascotch Oatmeal or the Chocolate Chip with Pecans, each made with real butter and no preservatives. ($5.99, gmommas.com)
Brett Goodson of Bacon’s Heir has reinvented the pork rind in the form of Pork Clouds, which are light, fluffy, and kettle cooked in olive oil. Perfect for passing around your tailgate setup, three flavors are available: rosemary and sea salt, Malabar black pepper, and habañero. Try this fresh take, and rethink your stance on this Southern classic. ($9 for 3 bags, baconsheir.com)