Nebraska Tailgating & Beer Brats Recipe {College Football Saturday Tailgate Link Party}

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Time for another college football game day! Did your team win last week? My Huskers sadly did not. It was not pretty at all. And, we have a bye week  today. So, since there’s no Husker football on the tv, I’m putting up a little Husker-related post on the blog today. It’s actually a fun post that I did last week on Kuzak’s Closet. She had such a super fun tailgate week last week that I was thrilled to participate in.

Many people are surprised to find out that I’m such a big College Football fan. So, here’s a bit of the story: I actually attended the University of Nebraska as an out-of-state student and met my husband there. We met as babies our freshman year. 🙂  Throughout college, I never missed a home football game, but my experience is different than most as I was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band all 4 years of college!

I marched clarinet my freshman year and then was a member of the Nebraska Drumline the rest of the time (as part of the pit percussion section). And, it was soooooo fun! I was there when the football team was really good. It wasn’t quite the glory days of the 90’s when Nebraska won 3 National Championships, but, we did go to a bowl game every year, the likes of the Fiesta Bowl and the “grandaddy of ’em all”, the Rose Bowl. Marching in the Rose Bowl parade and performing at the National Championship game (even though we lost) is something I’ll never forget!

Since college, we’ve been back for a game almost every year. And, one of those years, I did the alumni band game where the University welcomes back former band members to not only enjoy the game, but perform! So fun! Given that I was in the band, I didn’t get to experience pregame tailgating. Usually pregame festivities are all about the band for me, but last year we got in to the special tailgate area. Talk about great fun and good food! One family favorite recipe that screams football tailgating are “Beer Brats“. They’re easy to make ans super tasty!!!

Grilled Beer Brats


  • Brats (for a big grilling cook-out we usu­ally do a pack­age of 10–12 brats)
  • Beer of your choice (we did two cans for 12 brats)
  • Onion (1/2 to one whole large onion cut into approx. 1/4″ slices, depend­ing on how much onion fla­vor you like)
  • Water (enough to cover the brats in the pot after the beer is added. For us, that was about 3 to 4 cups)


– Place brats in a large pot. Add onions & beer. Then add enough water to just cover the brats.

– Bring to a boil. Then, sim­mer for 15–20 minutes–basically until brats start chang­ing color, but aren’t quite fully cooked. Then, trans­fer to the grill.

– Grill over medium heat for 3–5 min­utes per side, or until browned to per­fec­tion! ;)

Now it’s your turn!!! 🙂

 Share your favorite tail­gat­ing recipes, foot­ball fun foods, foot­ball crafts, tail­gat­ing par­ties, fun foot­ball traditions–basically any­thing foot­ball related (espe­cially col­lege)!!!
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 Col­lege Foot­ball Sat­ur­day Tail­gate Link Party

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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7 Responses

  1. We love football at our house too. I have yet to go to a college football game but I can only imagine how much fun it is. I will have to try out your recipe. I am always looking for something new. Thanks for hosting the party!

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