The popular saying goes, "Don't mess with Texas." Well, we don't intend to mess with it--we intend to grill it and eat it! Or at least have a tailgate menu inspired by our visiting friends from Dallas on Saturday.
Big Hunk of Meat
When you think of Texas cuisine, the first thing you think of is a great big hunk of meat. In this case we're going to be cooking steak. Ribeye steaks to be exact. I've got a nice marinade I'll put on the steaks on Friday night and let them get good and juicy before they go on the grill on Saturday afternoon.
And then, because it's Texas, we need some Texas-style barbecue sauce. That means a sweet-and-spicy style sauce that I'll make up on Friday night from a recipe on Epicurious... with a few of my own modifications.
Normally when we cook we have veggies. But this is Texas, so there are no veggies. Instead, we'll do Texas Toast--with plenty of butter and garlic and cheese. These will get prepped on Friday night and put on the grill in foil to heat up on Saturday after the main dish is cooked.
For dessert we're going to have Texas Sheetcake Bites -- which is a fancy way of saying brownies. At least that's the most "authentic" Texas recipe dessert I can find. Since I'm no baker and even I don't like to eat what I bake, I'm simply buying some brownies for this.
Beverages and Location
While we "grill the competition" every week, we suggest drinking local beverages, so we always bring a selection of local beer from The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood or Orlando Brewing from south of downtown. In addition to the adult beverages, we think every summer tailgate party in Florida needs plenty of bottled water and Gatorade to keep you from getting dehydrated.
The Lion's Teeth Tailgate group is over in Lot A under the big tree each home match. If you want to join us, we welcome all Orlando City fans, and we hope we can encourage people to adopt our theme for the week. We have the grill and a table and we usually have plenty of extra plates, napkins, condiments, and utensils for eating. If you want to join us, just bring whatever food you want to grill and beverages you want to drink--and it would probably be a good idea to bring chairs.
If we have extra food we will share with folks that show up, but we don't usually plan on feeding more than our regular group, so we don't charge for food and we won't guarantee anything will be available when you arrive. We usually get to the lots 3 or 4 hours before kickoff, which is always plenty of time to fire up the grill, cook our food, enjoy some conversation and tailgate games, and go enjoy the match. Follow us on twitter @lionsteethblog to know when we've arrived on match day! And whatever you do for your tailgate, have fun and remember Vamos Orlando!