Get your grill game on with Coffee County Raiders’ pregame tailgaters

Staff Writer John Coffelt Before each home game, Coffee County Central High School’s student body leadership hosts a tailgate in the parking lot behind the scoreboard at Carden-Jarrell Field. “We wanted to get more students involved this year,” said Student Class President Grey Riddle. Each tailgate has a theme which students dress, neon for the Coffee Pot or blackout for the following home game. Students play games like cornhole listen to music or just hang out with friends. Student tailgates start at 5-5:30 p.m. Fliers are handed out on Mondays proceeding home games at CHS announcing the theme and the start time. Students are asked to bring snacks such as chips and finger food. The next home game will be Oct. 6, versus Lebanon. In addition to organizing the tailgate, Riddle and student leadership has changed the name of the home team cheering section from the Zoo Crew to the Trench, as in the battle construction that raiders would fight from.   At home or on the road, take your tailgate to the next level  Fast prep times and short ingredient lists work to make these recipes a cinch to prepare in advance and have ready to go as soon as you reach the parking lot or before guests arrive. For a change, try different varieties of smoked sausage, such as replacing the original rope-style smoked sausage. The roll-ups are also easy to customize for guests using any type of deli meat, and they’re easy to enjoy on the go if you need a quick bite on the way to the stadium.   Grilled Sausage Skewer Sandwiches 1              regular size package smoked sausage 1              small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1              red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces 6             wooden skewers, 10 inches long ½           cup Italian salad dressing, divided 6             bolillo or sandwich rolls, split 1              avocado, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 1/4          cup cilantro leaves   Heat grill to medium-high. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Thread sausage, onion and bell peppers alternately onto skewers. Brush 1/4 cup salad dressing on skewered sausage and vegetables. Grill until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes, turning once. Brush remaining salad dressing on rolls. Fill rolls with grilled sausage and vegetables. Divide avocado and cilantro onto each. Tip: To broil sausage rather than grill, heat broiler to medium-high, follow the same skewer preparation instructions and broil about 10 minutes, or until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender.   Ham and Turkey Roll-ups 4             ounces deli oven roasted turkey breast 4             ounces deli black forest ham lettuce leaves 2             tablespoons chunky guacamole ¼           cup chopped cucumbers 1              tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese 2             slices bacon, cooked and crumbled   Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and secure with toothpick.