America's Chief Entertaining Officer Shares Tailgating Tips

The trucks are parked and the grills are out! Tailgate season is here and Jacksonville’s biggest event of the year is just days away. The rival between Georgia & Florida draws over a hundred thousand football fans to EverBank Field and surrounding areas to participate in the tailgating festivities.

Many tailgaters host elaborate setups of food and drinks to share with friends and fellow fans. As America’s CEO – that is “Chief Entertaining Officer,” Tim Laird's tips and tricks will turn any tailgate novice into a pro. From Florida–Georgia game day drinks to hot dog condiments in muffin tins, the advice he shared on The Morning Show is a must-have for those who spend their weekends tailgating. Here are some of Tim's go-to recipes for this weekend.

Gator Cooler
1 ½ ounces Southern Comfort
1 ounce blue Curacao
4 ounces Sprite
Squeeze of lemon

Bulldog Punch
1 ½ ounces Southern Comfort
3 ounces cranberry juice
Squeeze of lime

Game Day Tip: These can also be made by the pitcher for easy serving.

Breakfast Wraps to Go
Make a variety of egg sandwiches in tortillas, wrap them in foil and label them so your tailgaters can choose their favorite. Include egg white with vegetables, egg with bacon and cheese and egg with sausage and cheese. When you get to your tailgate, warm them on the grill and enjoy.

Note: If you don’t have a grill, pack the sandwiches in a thermal container or cooler to keep them warm.

Hot Dogs and Brats with Toppings
Here’s a secret, preboil your hotdogs and brats at home then put the liquid, dogs and brats in a sealed beverage cooler. Everything will stay warm and you can serve directly from the cooler or finish them off on the grill for those who like a char. For easy serving, fill a large six holder muffin tin with toppings such as: pickles, grilled peppers and onions, raw onions, relish, hot peppers and sauerkraut. Have you r guests build their dogs as they like them.

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sliders
Everyone loves Buffalo Chicken Wings, make them easier to eat (without the bones) at your tailgate by combining all of the traditional ingredients into a slider.

4 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 cup celery, finely chopped
½ cup hot wing sauce
½ cup blue cheese dressing
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
12 slider buns

In a large bowl combine the chicken, celery, wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Top each bun with the salad mixture and add a sprinkle of blue cheese.

Note: Pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken to make this recipe even easier to make.

Makes 12