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The Ultimate Tailgate Bracket Round 1, Barbecue/Grilling Region: (7) Hamburgers vs. (10) Smoked Chicken

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An underrated barbecue treat versus one of the great blank canvases of tailgating.

Dan Davis

No. 7 Hamburgers

They're kind of the blank canvas of tailgating, and while burgers sound plain to some, if you're creative you can find a lot of ways to dress them up, either through toppings or mixing your own burgers yourself. I'm a fan of folding in some diced jalapenos and grated pepperjack cheese with the ground meat.

No. 10 Smoked Chicken

If you're smoking something, chicken's usually down the list behind pork or beef, but if you have a good rub, and maybe a good mop you can have a lot of fun with this. And if you get the meat perfectly cooked, moist and juicy but still kissed with that smoke flavor, you won't get many complaints.