Sept 26, 2022
Written by: Crove Food Co.
Our second stop of 11 on the Tailgate Tour, was in Tuscaloosa, AL with the Alabama Crimson Tide taking on Utah State Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
We traveled to Tuscaloosa the morning after the Tennessee game and had about a 6-hour drive. On game day, we got up bright and early to claim our spot and get ready for a day full of cooking! We chose the perfect spot at the corner of Paul Bryant and Hackberry right outside of the stadium. We had a special guest join us for this stop on the Tailgate Tour! I invited one of my buddies, Bama Grill Master, and he spent the whole day with us. He brought his whole family and did everything from food prep when we arrived all the way to clean up at the end of the day. We were so thankful to have him with us.
After we got the trailer unhitched and unloaded it was time to start cooking! We set up our spot with our Traeger, Big Green Egg, and Weber Kettle. Today’s recipe lineup includes Jalapeno Poppers, Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce, and Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
The first thing we started prepping was the Jalapeno Poppers. Jalapeno Poppers makes the perfect tailgating appetizer because they are a one-bite treat and full of flavor! We got all our ingredients out of our ORCA Coolers and started chopping the jalapenos in half lengthwise and removing the seeds from the jalapenos. We also set out our cream cheese, so that it could start softening. We wanted to get these done first, so that we could pass them out as an appetizer. We smoked them on the Big Green Egg using Cowboy Charcoal. The trick for making the best Jalapeno Poppers that have that amazing crispy bacon is using thinly sliced bacon and wrapping them tight. The thinly sliced bacon gets crispy much quicker. It’s not necessary to use toothpicks if they are wrapped tightly. We also went ahead and started marinating our Grilled Pork Tenderloins with Allegro Marinade Tennessee Whiskey and Allegro Marinade Original. We wanted them to have plenty of time to soak up all the flavor of the marinade! After we marinated them, we stuck them in our ORCA Coolers.
Recipe for Jalapeno Poppers:
Next up, we started working on Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce. I had to make Alabama White Sauce for obvious reasons… we are in Alabama! Being from Tennessee, I was a little nervous making this, but luckily, I had my friend Bama Grill Master to help me out. We bought party style chicken wings, so the chicken wings were already cut up. Bama helped me season the wings with my new Crove Food Co. Poultry Rub & Seasoning. We preheated the Traeger by lighting up Cowboy Charcoal Pellets. The Cowboy Charcoal Pellets give them an amazing smoky flavor! While the chicken wings were cooking, we made the Alabama White Sauce, so that it would be ready to toss the wings in as soon as we pulled them off the grill.
Recipe for Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce:
Everyone loved the Chicken Wings! Even though I’m from Tennessee, I think I passed the Alabama White Sauce test with the help and expertise of Bama. After we cooked the Chicken Wings, we cooked our final recipe of the day which was Grilled Pork Tenderloin. We made 2 pork tenderloins, so that we would have plenty of food to hand out. For one tenderloin we used Allegro Marinade Tennessee Whiskey, and for the other tenderloin we used Allegro Marinade Original. I love using Allegro Marinade and I wanted to showcase their flavors in this recipe paired with my new Crove Food Co. Pork Rub & Seasoning. We preheated our Weber Kettle with Cowboy Charcoal Lump Charcoal with our custom fitting GrillGrates for our Weber Kettle. We love using GrillGrates because they give the meat the most perfect grill mark and keep the pork tenderloin extra juicy with marinade.
Recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin:
Everyone loved the Pork Tenderloin! It was so juice and was packed full of flavor. Once again, the day flew by. The food was a big hit, and we enjoyed getting to hand out FREE samples to friends, family, and strangers who stopped by to visit.
We were so honored to have Bama Grill Master and his family with us all day. He is such a nice guy, and he offered a helping hand for the entire day. I am incredibly thankful for his support, friendship, and advice in this industry. Give him a follow!
For this stop, we had people guess how hot our grills were for prizes and we played corn hole on the Tennessee River Jam cornhole boards. We loved getting to show off the products that we used for this stop: GrillGrates for our Weber Kettle, ORCA Cooler Hard side to keep all our food cold, Cowboy Charcoal and Applewood Pellets, and Allegro Marinade Original and Tennessee Whiskey flavor. We also got to showcase and cook with our new line of Crove Rubs & Seasonings which include Beef, Fajita, Poultry, and Pork and are finally available to order online! Shop at crovefood.com
We packed up and headed to the next stop on our Tailgate Tour in New Orleans, LA at the Caesar’s Superdome where LSU will take on Florida State on September 4th. Make sure you are following along on our social media platforms where we will announce exactly where we are set up! Stop by to tailgate with us and try out samples, play games, and hang out with our team!