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This week, we’re taking a look at The Grill Iron on Tastemade. If you’re missing tailgating season this year, here’s your chance to relive one of the best parts about it: the food!
Millions of Americans aren’t able to tailgate before football games this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This American pastime is much more than just rooting on your favorite team; it’s about spending time with your friends and family and enjoying some fun, food and drink. Heck, some people’s favorite part (read: my favorite part) of tailgating *is* the food, and if that’s you too, The Grill Iron is the perfect show to binge.
The Grill Iron ‘redefines the art of tailgating.’ After introducing viewers to an often regionally-acclaimed tailgating treat, chefs then create revamped dishes based on these classics. Each episode centers around a big-time NCAA football match-up: the first episode of the series features University of Michigan Coney Dogs and Ohio State Po’ Boys. As a home-grown Michigander myself, I am a huge coney dog fan (for those unfamiliar, it’s a greasy hot dog topped with chili sauce, yellow mustard, and diced onions, oh my!). It’s fun to watch them jazz up this Detroit classic and turn it into an even more appetizing dish!
As the episodes progress, we’re treated to more and more culinary delights. The University of South Carolina’s episode features some tasty beef ribs and Florida has delicious fried chicken. Los Angeles has a crosstown rival match-up between UCLA (breakfast polenta) and USC (Thai). And of course, football powerhouse University of Alabama is featured in the season finale with slow-cooked Southern barbecue. My mouth is already watering!
My favorite part of the show is the chefs’ ability to turn unpretentious food into gourmet wonders. At the University of Michigan, the chef, Ann Arbor’s own Frank Fejeran, takes the coney dog classic and completely revamps it. Instead of using a beef hot dog, he makes the switch to venison sausage. The yellow mustard is switched to a beer mustard, and then he adds fried cheese curds. The end result, the “Go Blue” Coney Dog, actually looks amazing, and I say that as a Michigan State diehard.
Tastemade’s The Grill Iron is an imaginative take on an American rite of passage. If you’re missing tailgating season, and especially the gratifying grub involved, check out The Grill Iron on Sling Free. All of season one’s episodes are available right now… game on and bon appetit!
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