A Tropical Take on Beer and Dogs for Tailgating

We’re deep into football season now, which means everyone’s food game is getting more serious at tailgates! According to recent polls on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels, more than 90% of our followers think what’s being served can make or break the pre-game action. Here are a few recipes from the Margaritaville Cookbook that put an unforgettable twist on the same old hot dogs and beer routine.

Aloha Hot Dogs with Pineapple Salsa
If you’re going to take time to grill dogs, why not take things one step further and give everyone a taste of the Hawaiian Islands? Aloha Hot Dogs are topped with a punchy pineapple salsa that will have you winning the occasion.

Start by prepping the pineapple salsa first because it’s vital for the recipe. Plus, it’s a wonderful dip on its own for tortilla chips.

  • 2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. This can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Now for the dogs:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns, split
  • ¾ cup Pineapple Salsa (above)
  • Large handful of fresh cilantro leaves, for serving

Place the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon, and salt in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

Cook dogs on the grill until browned all over, about 4 minutes. During the last minute of grilling, place the buns on the grill, cut-sides down, and grill until lightly browned and warmed through.

Spread the mayonnaise mixture over the cut side of the buns, dividing it evenly. Place the hot dogs in the buns and top with the pineapple salsa and cilantro. Serve immediately and enjoy!

LandShark Micheladas
There’s nothing wrong with simply washing down your dogs with light and refreshing LandShark lagers. But this excellent beer also combines well with tomato juice to make a Michelada.

Here’s a recipe for an easy-to-mix cocktail that will add some spice to the occasion:

  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (preferably Tabasco)
  • ½ cup key lime juice (preferably Nellie & Joe’s) or fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • 4 LandShark Lagers

Place the tomato juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and key lime juice in a large pitcher and stir together.

Fill four of your favorite tall glasses with ice and divide the tomato juice mixture among them. Top each one with some LandShark and stir together with a spoon. Serve immediately with whatever is left in the bottles so you and your friends can top off your drinks as you go!

If this leaves you hungry (or thirsty) for more tailgate-friendly recipe ideas, you’ll find dozens of amazing apps, main courses, and cocktails in the Margaritaville Cookbook.