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Top 8 Recipes for Game Day Grilling

Excitement and camaraderie (or competition!) run high when game day comes around. What better way to add to the buzz than with mouth-watering munchies that score big on flavor?

With our recipe lineup, your tailgate is bound to be the day's greatest highlight – regardless of which team wins.

Think of dishes that hit a home run with every bite – easy to eat, protein-packed, and bursting with flavors that’ll leave your crowd roaring for more. We would even argue that game day grub can be as thrilling as the game itself – if you have the recipes.

We've gathered a collection of our favorite recipes, each a surefire win for your big feast. From the spicy rush of Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings to the comforting embrace of Oakford Smoked Chili, these dishes are ready to satisfy all game day appetites.

Scroll down to explore our eight gridiron ready recipes and discover why they’re the real MVPs – regardless of matchup.

Happy grilling!


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Honey Sriracha Wings

Unite friends and foes with our Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings. The perfect mix of spicy and sweet, these beauties will have your crew tackling the table for more!

Recipe MVP: Stainless Steel Locking Tongs

Because when it comes to handling chicken wings on a fiery hot grill surface, a quality set of tongs is the only tool for the job.

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Smoked honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Gear up for the big game with our Smoked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs. Offering the perfect blend of smoky richness and honey mustard zest, they’re an irresistible addition to your watch party.

Recipe MVP: Oakford™ 790 Pellet Grill

With a built-in SureTemp® Controller, the Oakford Pellet Grill manages temperature with absolute precision. This means you can spend less time monitoring the grill and more time watching the game.

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Grilled Loaded Potato Rounds

These bite-sized eats, bursting with toppings and grilled to perfection, are the ideal hand-held snack for cheering on your team. They’re the ultimate sidekick for any game day feast. Quick to make and even quicker to devour!

Recipe MVP: 29 in. Barrel Charcoal Grill with Smoker

Punch up your Grilled Loaded Potato Rounds with the smoky, robust flavors only a barrel charcoal grill can provide, especially if you're topping these rounds with bacon smoked right on the grill.

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Pulled Pork Trash Can Nachos

Just like a quarterback executes a perfect play, these nachos combine savory pulled pork and fan-favorite toppings in a winning formation. Great for sharing, this dish unites everyone in the spirit of the game.

Recipe MVP: Oakford™ Premium Pellets - Heritage Blend

Our Heritage Blend pellets are crafted using a versatile blend of oak, hickory, and maple woods. A perfectly balanced smoke to impart on pork butt.

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Oakford Smoked Chili

Spice up game day with our Oakford Smoked Chili. This twist on an old-school favorite adds a depth of flavor, creating a robust dish perfect for rallying the gang. It’s like a defensive tackle against hunger, holding everyone down during those nail-biting moments.

Recipe MVP: Oakford™ 1000 Pellet Grill

The Oakford 1000 Pellet Grill elevates the play of this chili from great to legendary. Its ability to maintain consistent low heat imbues the dish with a deep smokiness, making every spoonful better than the last.

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Philly Cheesesteak on the Griddle

Hit a watch party home run with our Philly Cheesesteaks on the Griddle. This recipe is about simple griddling done well, delivering tender, juicy steak with melted cheese on a perfectly toasted roll. They’re the MVP of quick, satisfying bites during intense game moments.

Recipe MVP: Daytona™ 4-Burner Gas Griddle

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Carnitas Sliders with Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

Like any great 1-2 punch out of the backfield, this dish combines heavy-hitting carnitas with a spry and acidic tomatillo-avocado sauce. They’re easy to hold and even easier to polish off. Great for halftime hunger or a post-game celebration, these sliders are sure to be a fan favorite.

Recipe MVP: Oakford™ 1150 Pro Offset Smoker and 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill

The Oakford 1150 Pro is your key player for achieving that perfect wood-smoked flavor while not overcooking the carnitas. Any meal that comes from its cooktop scores big on taste and texture.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Chicken Lollipops

Surprise your game day squad with our Peanut Butter Jelly Chicken Lollipops. This play calls for a mix of good ol’ PB&J with umami chicken: perfect for sharing and sparking conversation. These lollipops are like a surprise onside kick, unexpected but delightfully satisfying!

Recipe MVP: Basting Brush and Bowl

Our Basting Brush and Bowl set was made for evenly applying the peanut butter and jelly glaze – ensuring every lollipop is jam-packed with flavor.

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That’s a wrap for our lineup of game day grilling champs! From traditional Carnitas with Tomatillo-Avocado Sauce to out-there PB&J Chicken Lollipops, we’ve covered all the bases to ensure every game ends in a win. But the feast doesn’t end here!

Whether hosting a big game bash, having a family barbecue, or just wanting to fire up the grill, Nexgrill has a recipe to suit every occasion and taste.

Head over to our recipe hub to discover more cookout ideas that’ll keep your grill, friends, and family fired up year-round.


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