Whether you're actually tailgating in the parking lot of a stadium or having an awesome barbecue in your own back yard, there's just something about the smell of food cooking outside amidst friends and family that just goes well with watching football. Aside from the game itself, food is an integral part of a good Super Bowl party, so if you've never thrown one (or just want confirmation as to your own killer party-throwing skills), here are a few great ideas for what to serve at your big bash.

Tips to Planning the Menu

  • Regardless of whether you're at home or at the game, you want to serve foods that take less than 15 minutes to prepare or heat up. Barbecued and grilled foods are most popular, particularly for parking lot festivities, but the options are wide open.
  • Be aware of what people are bringing (if it's a pot-luck style party) so there's more options to work with (and just in case extra utensils are needed).
  • Find out what allergies / dietary preferences your guests have.  It's always good to have a few vegetarian options (that can be as simple as a vegetable tray and dip) just for variety too.
  • Remember to bring a cooler with a variety of drinks (not just alcohol for the over-21 crowd) such as water, juice, and carbonated sodas just in case there are any kids or non-drinkers there.

Classic Tailgating/Super Bowl Party Foods

These foods will undoubtedly be a favorite in households across America come Super Bowl Sunday, and for good reason! They're delicious, easy to make for a crowd, and cook up in no time. All you need is to buy the condiments in advance, and have plenty of buns and chips prepared!

Other foods that are excellent additions to any Super Bowl menu, but require a little time ahead to prepare include baked potatoes, potato skins, marinated meats like ribs or steak, or any cute football shaped cookies, deviled eggs, or mini-sandwiches you might want to make.  

Related Searches on Yummly:

Photo Credits: Forever Crimson, Perfect Escapes, Panoramio

Top 10 Christmas Cookies of the Season.
Hearty, Chunky Soups for a Cold Day.
Healthy, Easy New Ways to Enjoy Salmon.
10 Tasty Ways to Make Canned Tuna Gourmet.
10 Creative New Ways to Cook Salmon.
12 Terrific New Takes on Jalapeño Poppers.
Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Pastas.
Snack Healthy with Homemade Hummus.
Every Dish is Made Better with Beer.
10 Exceptional Coffee Drinks to Make at Home.
10 Handy Meals Made in a Muffin Tin.
Vegan Appetizers Anyone Will Love.
Simple, Hearty Mexican Dishes for a Crowd.
10 Succulent Salmon Dishes for Healthier Eating.
Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game.
Italian Dishes Minus the Indulgence.
Cozy Chili Recipes and Creative Ways to Enjoy Them.
Fantastic, Flavorful 5-Ingredient Chicken Dinners.
10 Savory Curries You Can Make in a Hurry.
5 Creative Cinco de Mayo Recipes to get the Fiesta Started!.
Fun Football Shaped Bites for the Super Bowl.
The Ultimate Super Bowl Appetizer: 5-Layer Football Field Dip.
TOUCHDOWN! The Extreme Super Bowl Recipe Round-Up.
Complete Your Meal With a Perfect Wine Pairing.
Food Pairings with Sean McKenzie and Dave Matthews.
Top 10 Tips for Winning Dinners!.
From Apples to Kale to Salmon, How to Keep What You Love Fresh.
Cooking with Silk®.
Grow Your Own Ingredients: Fresh Garden Favorites.
Bring Game Day Parties to Life with Lit'l Smokies.
5 Lit’l Smokies Recipes to Bring Holiday Parties to Life.
Foods that Will Put You to Sleep.
5 Tips For Enjoying The Holiday Season, Guilt Free and Naturally.
Black Bean & Corn Guacamole.
Slow Roasted Pork Arepas with Quick Pickled Onions and Chimichurri.
Citrus Salmon and Watermelon Popsicles.