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Game Day Foods: Spicy Edition

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

game day foods

It's football season, and watching the games are always a ton of fun... but for some of us... the food is even better than the game! Spending your weekends watching football while eating some mouthwatering recipes is one of American's favorite pastime and sport and we're all here for it!

With the first week of NFL football behind us, if you haven't already, it's time to fire up the grill and start cooking some delicious food! If you're looking for some new ideas to spice up your game day menu, then you're in the right place. From jalapeno poppers to spicy chicken wings, we've got you covered with some new spicy game day food ideas.

So grab your favorite hot sauce and get ready to turn up the heat!

Spicy Game Day Food Ideas

Even if you're not a big fan of football, there's just something about the excitement of the football season blended in with the cool autumn air that makes you yearn for spicy, hearty foods.

man at a football party

There are many varieties of fiery foods already prepared and ready to go, from ghost pepper-flavored popcorn to chili extract-infused beef jerky, and spicy reaper pickles, which will surely set your mouth on fire.

But those will never compare to something homemade with the right quality ingredients. Which is what we're going to talk about today... some amazing recipes to cook up for your next game day party.

Your game day menu might not ensure a victory for your favorite team, but it will definitely get you and your guests in the mood for some delicious, spicy food.

No matter where you watch the game, whether it's at home on your big screen TV or tailgating with friends, these recipes will make it a gathering to remember.

Let's kick off!

1. Alabama-Style Jalapeno Poppers

These little bites of heaven are always a hit at any tailgate party. Simply stuff some jalapenos with cream cheese, wrap them in bacon, and throw them on the grill. You can also try this variation with sausage blended into the cream cheese. Yum!

Jalapeno Poppers


  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Pimiento Peppers

  • 1/4 cup Minced Onion

  • 1/2 tsp Salt, Paprika, Black Pepper & Panko Breadcrumbs

  • 2 tsp Olive Oil

  • Bacon

  • Burnt Ends Alabama White Sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard any seeds and ribs

  3. Stir together the cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pimientos, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, paprika, and pepper into a bowl.

  4. Stir together the panko, 1/4 teaspoon salt, paprika, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.

  5. Fill each pepper with some of the cheese mix

  6. Sprinkle panko on the tops of the peppers

  7. Optional: If you want them wrapped in bacon, do this now otherwise you can sprinkle chopped-up cooked bacon afterward

  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown

  9. Remove the peppers and add your chopped-up bacon and chives.

  10. Drizzle on top or dip into Burnt Ends Alabama White Sauce

burnt ends alabama white sauce

Alabama White Sauce

The White Wraith pays homage to the state of Alabama, where white sauce originated and we kicked up the heat on our version with Ghost Peppers.

Alabama white sauce is a great dipping sauce for things such as jalapeno poppers and chicken wings. It is incredibly addictive.

So use some caution, as tomorrow you may be as white as a ghost.

2. Spicy Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings

A tailgate classic, these wings can be made as spicy or mild as you like. For an extra kick, try dipping them in bleu cheese or ranch dressing with a bit of Mikey V's Ex's Texas sauce mixed in.! Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!