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Here are a few good tailgating recipes that I've come across. I haven't tried all of them; I'll make notations when I do.

West Coast Wings…Yuengling Style

The concept of boiling wings in beer sounds odd to begin with but, given the tenderizing nature of beer it makes for an interesting concept. To prepare in advance you can cook the wings, chill them (make sure they're fully cooked and do so in a single layer if possible) and then heat them on the grill at the site of the tailgate.

Recipe Copyrighted by Kevin Roberts, The Food Dude, Munchies Cookbook, Storey Publishing

The trick to these tasty wings is I boil them first in Yuengling Beer. That gives them a nice robust flavor and makes them nice and tender. Then you can throw them on the grill and get ‘em nice and crispy.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS FOR WINGS

1,  4 pound bag, of frozen or fresh CHICKEN WINGS

( try to get a combo of both wings and drumettes)

2 Yuengling Beers, use what you’re drinking

1/4 stick butter, melted

½ cup Franks Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce

THE STEPS

1: Boil the wings in Yuenglng Beer in a large pot for 10 minutes. Drain beer and excess fat from wings when done.

2: Grill wings on barbecue or bake at 450 degrees until crispy.

3: In a large bowl, add the butter and melt in microwave.

4: Add the Franks Red Hot and mix well.

5: When wings are nice and crispy, add them to the bowl and

coat them well.

6: Serve and enjoy!

Washington Redskin Roasted Potato Salad

I found this recipe on the cleverly-named Tampa Bay site called What the Buc? I'll have pictures when I make it for Sunday's game.

Update 10/7/09: I tried to take pictures of this at the Bucs game tailgate but it disappeared too fast. It was great, a nice variety of textures and flavors with the cayenne pepper giving it a nice kick. I brought the topping scallions whole and chopped them right before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs red potatoes, skin on (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 4 scallions (chopped)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 lb bacon (cooked, drained, and crumbled)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Paprika for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the potatoes on a greased cookie sheet. Bake potatoes in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until tender and golden brown.  Make sure to turn the potatoes occasionally during baking.  When done remove potatoes from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.

In a large bowl mix together mayonnaise, mustard, salt, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Add the potatoes, scallions (reserve a handful for garnishing), eggs, and bacon to the mixture. Gently toss all ingredients to combine.  Cover dish and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to serve add reserved scallions to the top and dust with paprika to taste.

Serve this great side dish with any grilled, smoked, or fried tailgate favorite.  I recommend smoked ribs, but you will have to wait for that recipe.

*This recipe yields 6 servings.  Make sure you increase all amounts equally when tailgating with more friends.

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Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Need to Know: Five safe draft picks for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 22, four days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five safe picks for the Redskins

Sometimes teams try to hit home runs with their draft picks. They may hit a few but they also will strike out a lot. Teams often are better off trying to hit solid singles and doubles. Here are five picks who would are unlikely to make many Pro Bowls but the Redskins would not regret the pick if they turned in the cards with their names on it. 

RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn—I’m starting off here with a player who would be a safe pick in the third round. Of course, the Redskins don’t have a third right now but if they do swing a trade and get one, Johnson would be a good pick. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, which is one reason why he might be available in the third. He is a grinder who will be an upgrade over Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. 

DL Vita Vea, Washington—There is plenty of hand wringing over whether Vea is a three-down player or just a base defense nose tackle. But even if he can’t rush the passer very well his floor is a player who can go a long way towards helping the Redskins stop the run, a chronic weakness. This is why a lot of fans and media are urging the Redskins to not overthink this and take a player that will, at a minimum, bolster one of their weakest areas. 

OL Billy Price, Ohio State—He started 55 games for the Buckeyes, the most of any player in the storied history of the program. He did suffer the partial tear of a chest muscle in the combine but that will be fully healed by training camp. When he’s ready, he’s an explosive, smart, and powerful player. Just plug him in at left guard and the Redskins’ O-line is set with all home-grown talent. 

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State—He doesn’t have the ceiling that the more heralded Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have. However, he may have a higher floor. Smith is undersized, and Edmunds will be highly drafted based more on potential than on production. At 6-4, 256, Vander Esch has plenty of size, and he racked up 141 tackles last year on his way to defensive player of the year honors in the Mountain West. 

 CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado—The All-Pac-12 selection has the size and athleticism that add up to a safe pick in the second round. He needs some work on technique, but he has enough natural athletic ability—he competed in the decathlon—to be a productive cornerback right out of the gate. One other plus that fans will appreciate is that his strength is press coverage, not off man. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 30
—Training camp starts (7/26) 95
—Redskins @ Cardinals (9/9) 140

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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