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For some, Labor Day marks the end of summer. But for many of us, especially in the South, it marks the official beginning of something glorious—college football season.

Whether you’re on campus with a tent at the crack of dawn on game day, or you’re lounging around in your PJs (with your team’s logo on them, of course) until kickoff, you know that food and football go together like nothing else. Whatever your tailgating style is, check out these recipes to get you inspired for your next game day celebration. Go team!

Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

You and your friends need some serious fuel to make it through an exciting few hours, but you don’t want to cook. The answer? Slow cooker meatballs. This recipe is—quite literally—a “dump and go” process and has only three ingredients (all store bought!). If you know you’ll have access to a power outlet at an outdoor tailgate, whip these up and take them along—ready to serve! Or if you’re watching the game at home, pile some of these babies into a bowl and settle into your lucky spot on the couch. Click here for the recipe. 

Pancake Bites

Got an early kickoff time? Breakfast tailgate food can be just as satisfying as lunch or dinner fare. While it may not be realistic to make pancakes at an outdoor tailgate, pancake bites using homemade batter are a worthy substitute. Add in whatever mix-ins you and your fellow tailgaters love, and take along some maple syrup and butter to get the full effect of perfect pancakes, no matter where you go. These simple pancake bites will keep in the freezer, too, so make up a big batch in advance and thaw them the night before the big game. Easy! Click here for full instructions.

Cheez-It “Crack”

If you’re going for healthy tailgate food, skip this one. But if you want a game-changing snack recipe, keep reading! As if Cheez-It crackers weren’t addictive enough on their own, adding a mix of butter and herbs to them is a new level of delicious. This snack couldn’t be easier or quicker to make. The best part? You don’t have to worry about lugging a cooler to an on-site tailgate to keep this snack tasty and ready-to-eat. Click here for the recipe.

BBQ Bacon French Onion Dip

Chips and dip are a classic snack at any party or tailgate, but let’s take it up a notch, shall we? This recipe uses both cream cheese AND sour cream—a combination that’s almost sure to be scrumptious every time. Add bacon for a subtle crunch and toss this dip in a cooler to keep it fresh until it’s time to chow down. Oh, and be sure to keep the chips close by—you’ll want to eat the whole bowl for yourself! Click here for the recipe.

What are some of your favorite tailgate recipes for college football season?