A tailgate feast fit for a Vanderbilt

Everyone knows Vanderbilt fans love to tailgate and tailgate well into the second quarter. Today VandyMania's Hal Peiser shares with us a famous BBQ recipe that is "fit for a Vanderbilt."

A Tailgate Feast Fit For A Vanderbilt

(Biltmore BBQ)


Howell Peiser



As Vanderbilt gets set to open the season on the road on a Thursday evening, it presents a problem for tailgaters who must work all day Thursday.  We cannot get the smoker or gas grill out and grill a feast in time for a 6 PM central kickoff.  So what are we to do?  Simple, bring it inside and hope our soul mates or significant others or mothers or whomever can cook us a meal fit for a Vanderbilt.


Wake Forest is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Driving to Groves Stadium from Nashville takes you past The Biltmore Estate in Asheville.  What better way to pay a tribute to the Vanderbilt family than eat a meal a Vanderbilt might have consumed in the early decades of the 20th century.


North Carolina is home to some excellent barbecue traditions.  The city of Lexington is just a short drive south of Groves Stadium.  Lexington is home to a style of barbecue that relies on vinegar and tomato sauces combined into a tangy concoction.  The meat of choice in that area is definitely pork (yes, I know you guys think I would never write this word, much less give a recipe for it; if you don't eat pork, chicken breast will suffice).


So without further adieu, here is a tailgate meal fit for a Vanderbilt if he traveled to Wake Forest to watch a football game.


MAIN DISH: Pulled Pork (or chicken) with Lexington BBQ Sauce


SIDES:       Lexington-style cole slaw

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with coconut flakes

                Aunt Bea's Mt. Airy Apple Cake


Pulled Pork (or chicken)




                2 pound pork shoulder

Salt, pepper, celery seed, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder to taste


Brown the roast on all sides in a small amount of olive oil.  Place roast in a covered roasting pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 ½ hour.  When done, let cool  long enough to work with and remove the meat from the bone.  Shred into bite-size pieces. 


While the pork is cooking, make the sauce.


Sauce Ingredients:


                1 ½ cup apple cider vinegar

                ½ cup catsup or ketchup

                ½ tsp. cayenne pepper

                1 Tbsp. sugar (I use stevia)

                1 tsp. salt


Simmer this sauce for 30 minutes on low heat.  


When the pork is pulled, pour the sauce over the meat and serve immediately.


Lexington Slaw


The proper way to eat the pork bbq is to place this slaw on top of it.




                1 large head of cabbage, finely shredded

1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped

1 medium sweet onions, finely chopped

2 carrots, grated


Vinegar dressing:

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 cup cider vinegar


Place all the vinegar dressing ingredients in a saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves.  Let cool, and then mix with vegetables.  Chill and serve cold.


Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut


Ingredients:       Sweet potatoes (for four people, use five)

                                Olive oil (or butter)

                                Almond milk (or the real thing)


                                Coconut flakes


Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into chunks.  Place them in cold water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Boil for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the pot and place in a bowl.  Mash sweet potatoes with ricer or fork.  Add olive oil, almond milk, and cinnamon to taste and your desired consistency.  Sprinkle coconut flakes on top. HMMMMM Good.


Aunt Bea's Mt. Airy Apple Cake

1 3/4 cups sugar  

3 eggs

1 cup oil

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 c. unpeeled, cubed apples

1/2 c. pecans, chopped (optional)

Beat all ingredients except apples and pecans and place in a bowl. Beat with a spoon until well mixed.  Fold in the apples and pecans. Grease and flour a cake pan and pour the mixture into it.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool and remove from pan.  NOW ONLY EAT ONE PIECE.  


Eat and enjoy then sit back in your favorite chair and enjoy the game.

Bon appetite!


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