July 15, 2024

Tailgate recipes to prepare for the Battle at Bristol

Katy Hill creates unique snacks to add to your Bristol tailgating fun.

It’s finally time for the most anticipated football game of the year. The Battle at Bristol will bring in Vols and Hoakies from all over creating a community of tailgate-loving college football fanatics. Because there is technically not a “home team,” many will be traveling to enjoy the festivities. With this list of quick and easy recipes, you will be able to make your tailgate delicacies ahead of time (or once you are in Bristol) and have no trouble transporting them.

Add these fun and simple recipes to your lineup of favorite snacks and enjoy a unique tailgate feast! Happy cooking, safe travels and Go Vols!

dsc_0820Big Orange Mimosa Bar

What you need:

1 bottle (or more) of dry champagne

A bottle each of your favorite fruit juices (orange, grapefruit, blood orange, etc)

  • A variety of fresh or frozen fruits and berries
  • Wine glasses, champagne flutes or mason jars
  • Fruit garnish (optional)


Place the champagne and juices next to the cups for your friends and family to create their drinks how they prefer. Create a plate of the varied fruits and garnish to add to the champagne and juice mixture. Be creative and make it your own! This is the perfect cocktail for any time of the day.

Tip: If you have young ones, provide sparkling water or ginger ale so they can join in on the bubbly fun.


Orange and White Yogurt Parfaits

What you need:

Low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 mango

  • 2 small cans (1 large can) peach slices
  • Mason jars
  • Cinnamon pecans (optional)

** This recipes yields for two servings. Adjust if needed.


Peel and slice the mango and combine with the peach slices. Combine the two in a bowl to the flavors can mix. Add cinnamon for a little punch of flavor. Drop a couple spoonful’s in the bottom of your mason jar. Next, add in the vanilla Greek yogurt and repeat this process to create alternating colors. Top with pecans or your favorite granola for a fun treat for anyone!

dsc_0808Smokey Sausage Pineapple Bites  

What you need:

1 pint pineapple chunks

1-2 packages of your favorite smoked sausage

  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Cayenne (to taste)
  • Toothpicks


Slice the sausage into rounds and place in a hot skillet or grill pan. Pan fry until each side is sizzling, browned and crispy. Set aside once done. Next, place the pineapple in the same skillet or grill pan to create caramelization and/or grill marks. This brings out incredible flavors from the fruit. Combine one slice of pineapple and one slice of sausage on each toothpick. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and cayenne to your liking.

Easy to eat and hard to stop, these addicting, sweet and savory little bites will be a huge hit among all of your football-loving friends.

Photos by Katy Hill

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Assistant Arts and Culture editor, Katy Hill, is new to the journalism world. She began as an Exercise Science major before transferring to UT her junior year. After taking a media writing elective, she quickly found that she loved writing and switched to a Public Relations major. Her passion for blogging and local culture inspired her to begin her journey at Tennessee Journalist. Within her first year, she went from a 175 student completing a project to an assistant editor. She hopes to one day travel the world with her future pugs as a travel and food writer. When Katy is not writing, you can find her watching Food Network, playing soccer, or sitting at a local coffee shop.