Part of what makes the Steeplechase of Charleston such a fun event is that it is so much more than just a horse race. The accompanying tailgating is a steeplechase tradition that keeps people coming back year after year. And let’s be honest, the most important part of any tailgate is the food.

Bloody Mary

This classic drink is made with basic ingredients and like most things, can be greatly improved using quality ingredients to boost the flavor. You can make it even more appealing by adding garnishments like shrimp, cherry peppers, and beef jerky. 

Mint julepMint Julep


Made famous by the Kentucky Derby, this refreshing cocktail only has three ingredients (besides the crushed ice!).

Barbecued Meatballs

Meatballs seem to disappear about as fast as you can make them and these are no exception.  Pro tip: you can use the crackers in the previous recipe to scoop up the meatballs and extra sauce…you’re welcome!

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

What could be more Southern than chicken and waffles? What could be more Southern than chicken and waffles? It’s a simple combination of sweet and savory, accompanied by a side of syrup. Find the recipe here. 


Cabbage and Asian Pear Slaw

Light with a perfect texture, this side dish has it all: creaminess, tastiness, and crunchiness. It can be made in advance and transports easily. Find the recipe here.

Buffalo Chicken Dips

Packed with zesty flavor, these bite-size dips are perfect for a tailgate. Find the recipe here. 

Charleston Cheese Dip

How could you go wrong with a dish that includes cream cheese, bacon, mayonnaise and chips?  This dish has all of the hearty ingredients needed to keep up your stamina for a day outside.

Southern Living’s Crack Crackers


There’s a reason these crackers earned this name. They’re addictively good and a great snack to munch on while watching the races. Here’s the recipe. 

Lemon Bars

These sweet but tart treats are the perfect accompaniment to your tailgate spread.  The combination of lemon curd, shortbread crust and confectioner’s sugar results in an easy to eat dessert with the added benefit of vitamin C.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

We will be well into fall by November 15th, so of course we had to include a pumpkin treat. This recipe is easy to make and totally irresistible.