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NASCAR Food, Party, & Tailgate ideas (including some recipes)

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

If you are like me, some NASCAR races are a traditional viewing event and I am always looking for yummy yet easy to prepare dishes. Or maybe you are heading to a race or NASCAR viewing party and looking for some great tailgating recipes to take along with you. Well look no further than AllRecipes.com.

They have a special section dedicated to NASCAR fans! There are collections of recipe ideas put together by fans for specific races even- which I think is the most awesome part of the NASCAR on Fox specific section of AllRecipies.com. For instance here is one collection for the race this weekend in Fontana at Autoclub Speedway. There are also some for people with special diets like Low-Carb & Loving It Las Vegas Race Day Party collection. Some even contain some very interesting looking adult beverages if you are in the market. I would definitely suggest going through some of these NASCAR Race inspired collections and picking up some new recipes.

This one for  Mini Philly Cheesesteaks by Chef John looks both yummy and easy to prepare and is one of their more popular ones in the NASCAR category:

(photo credit: Allrecipes.com)


  • Cheese Sauce:
    • 2 tablespoons butter, or as needed
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or as needed
    • 1 cup cold milk
    • 2 ounces shredded provolone cheese, or more to taste
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • salt to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce) skirt steak
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet peppers
  • 2 baguettes, or as needed, cut into 48 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup shredded provolone cheese, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk flour into hot butter and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is pale and flour taste cooks off, about 1 minute. Pour milk into flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is hot and thickened, 3 to 6 minutes. Add 2 ounces provolone cheese, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt; stir until cheese is completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Season steak all over with salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook steak in hot oil, turning occasionally, until meat is slightly firm and pink on the inside, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate.
  5. Return skillet to heat and pour water into the skillet; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Pour liquid from the skillet over steak. Cool steak to room temperature; dice meat and place meat and accumulated juices from the plate into a large bowl.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute onion and peppers in hot oil until softened and slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir peppers and onions mixture into diced meat; season with salt and pepper.
  8. Spread bread slices out on prepared baking sheets and drizzle remaining olive oil over the top. Turn slices over so that the oiled-side is facing down. Spread a thick layer of cheese mixture onto each slice. Spoon meat mixture over cheese. Sprinkle provolone cheese over the top of each slice.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and cheese is melted, 12 to 15 minutes.

(Recipe from Allrecipes.com published with permission)

(Photo Source: Allrecipes.com)

And here is a kind of crazy recipe- or at least crazy to me but that could be because I don’t like bacon (and am often reminded that I am in the minority there). I don’t know how convenient it would be for a tailgate, but maybe a viewing party. If you try it let me know what you think:

Maple Bacon Milkshake by MattAlan:


  • cooking spray
  • 8 slices bacon, divided
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups French vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a baking rack on top of foil layer and spray rack with cooking spray.
  2. Place 4 bacon slices on the prepared rack. Coat 1 side of each slice with 1 tablespoon maple syrup using a pastry brush. Take ends of each strip and twist in opposite directions until the syrup-glazed side is twisted into the interior and the bacon is coiled tight. Place toothpicks in each end of bacon strips to hold in place.
  3. Bake bacon in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and brush the twisted bacon with another 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Continue baking until cooked through and crispy, about 5 minutes more. Remove baking sheet from oven and cool bacon.
  4. Place the remaining 4 bacon slices in a skillet over medium heat; cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Keep bacon grease in the skillet.
  5. Transfer the bacon slices from the skillet to a saucepan, pouring about 1 tablespoon bacon grease into the saucepan. Add the remaining 6 tablespoons maple syrup to saucepan. Cook and stir bacon maple syrup over medium heat until flavors have combined, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool, allowing bacon flavor to infuse into the syrup, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove bacon from maple syrup and place on a work surface; chop into bits.
  7. Combine bacon-infused maple syrup and milk in a blender; blend on low until combined. Add ice cream and blend on medium until mixed, but still thick. Add most of the bacon bits and stir until incorporated into the milkshake.
  8. Pour milkshake into 4 glasses and top each with 1 tablespoon whipped cream. Sprinkle remaining bacon bits over whipped cream and garnish each with a bacon twist.

(Recipe from Allrecipes.com published with permission)


So tell me- what is your go-to NASCAR food item?


For “full disclosure” purposes (I’m looking at you FTC):

A public relations firm did contact me about posting about AllRecipes.Com NASCAR on Fox site, but BadGroove did not receive any sort of compensation for it. The words and opinions in this post are all my own.  And, yes, it’s true, I really don’t like bacon all that much.


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