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We Need Your Help to Stock the Ultimate Tailgate Bracket

We may be late to the bracket party, but we found something IMPORTANT. And we need your help.

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Tailgating is like...90 percent of what LSU fans do it seems. And we do it better than the best. We are the #DBU of tailgating, so to speak.

But what makes it the best? Food, family, friends, fun, booze, tunes, a great slate of games to watch...but let's be real. It's usually about the food.

So we thought we'd start a tournament to crown the ultimate tailgating delight. After some consideration, we have identified the four most common categories, which are regions because brackets and what not: Black Pot, Barbecue & Grilling, Deep Fried and Appetizers/Snacks. Obviously, there is some overlap because some appetizers are deep fried or grilled and all that, but I tried to stay as consistent as possible. Plus we're stretching to be as inclusive as possible as it is, as you can see from the bean differentiation. Besides, the goal here is to stock a full bracket with 64 items. If we have to cut it to 32 we will, but that's where you come in.

What do you think? What did we miss? What do you LOVE at your tailgate that's not on our list? What should we TAKE off? Are the categories wrong? Some have suggested booze deserves its own category. We're open to suggestions.

We want to hear your suggestions in the comments. From there we'll seed things and we can start the competition, which will be voted on by, of course, you the readers.

So what say you?

Black Pot Region

Barbecue & Grilling Region




Red Beans & Rice

White Beans & Rice

Alligator Sauce Piquante

Chicken Sauce Piquante

Rabbit Sauce Piquante


Crawfish Ettoufe

Chicken Stew

Pulled pork

Smoked Brisket

Pork ribs

Beef ribs

Smoked chicken

Smoked turkey



Chargrilled oysters


Hot dogs


Smoked Sausage

Deep Fried Region

Appetizers & Snacks Region

Fried fish

Fried chicken

Fried shrimp

Fried oysters

Fried turkey

Fried pork loin

Boudin balls


French fries

Pork cracklins

Onion rings

Crawfish-stuffed pistolets

Meat pies

Cool Ranch Doritos

Nacho Cheese Doritos

Crawtator Zapps

Voodoo Gumbo Zapps

Tortilla Chips

Bagel chips



Layered dip

Queso dip

Spinach & artichoke dip


Stuffed artichoke

Stuffed jalapenos

Sausage balls

Veggie trays