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Just got home from working a 14-hour day today. A group of us are going to see the White Sox win against Kansas City tomorrow night (hey, it's not only fireworks night; it's also Mullet night at the park). So, I just found out that we'll be tailgating, which is great, except I really don't have the time or energy to shop & prepare something really tasty & creative. So, I'm thinking some of you might have some ideas to throw out.... I was thinking of some tasty appetizers that would go well with beer, beer & more beer. Maybe something a little spicy? The key here is quick & easy though. Thanks for any suggestions.... GO SOX!

P.S. I just had an idea.... maybe something along the lines of a Kansas City BBQ?? What is else KC known for?

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  1. A. Go WHITE SOX!!

    B. If you are looking for spicy, easy, go with beer, I would look no further than tamales (I am a mexican food hound though.) You have quite a few options. Not sure where you live, but Pilsen, Little Village, will have joints for you. If you want to make sure of availability, I'd get the goods earlier, the good places run out of tamales. I'd lean towards La Casa Del Pueblo's Pork Tamales, and their tinga (shredded chicken in smoky tomato sauce) - wow, my mouth just started watering. Add in some tortillas, and some guac/ salsa. Heck, if you will have access to a grill, marinate some chicken thighs, and throw them on with some outside skirt steak, bring a knife, a cutting board, cilantro, and onion, and you will have the best food in the lot, with minimal effort.

    El Milagro is supposed to have really good tamales also, and it's right down the street from La Casa del Pueblo.

    Again, not sure where you're at, but La Casa / El Milagro are nice one stop joints for prepared Mexican foods for take out. There are plenty of other joints where you could score several dozen tamales. They are really good for spicy apps that go GREAT with beer, and the masa soaks it up.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Oh yeah - less work than grilling up meats for tacos is buying a few lbs of carnitas. Still need to warm up the tortillas, (maybe foil, and under the car hood?)but carnitas are always good, AND abundant around town under 4.00/lb.

    2. Pick up lumpia if you have a Filipino restaurant. You can buy or make your own sauces.Egg rolls too.Great one handed food, beer in one lumpia in the other.
      We have a really nice Filipino restaurant that makes the best lumpia, I've used them at holdiay parties before...shhhhh....
      Or if you pick up the tamales, perhaps they will have flautas. Get salsa and guacamole.

      1. depends how long you will be there. good bbq takes a while. pick up a bottle of the local fav bbq sauce once you get to town. kansas city style bbq sauce if my favorite, nice and tangy. if you're going to cook ribs i'd go for the baby back style as they take wasy less time to get tender than side ribs.

        if you dan't have the time to cook the ribs........pick up some bratwurst. nothing better than bratwurst and beer.

        1. I have a recipe for roasted corn, black bean salsa that is amazingly good.

          It makes a ton and everyone raves. A couple of bags of scoops and you are good to go.

          Just roast up a frozen bag of corn in the oven, (or not) for about 15 minutes.
          Chop 4 roma tomatoes, 4 avacadoes, 1 red onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 red pepper and 1 jalapeno (or 2), rinse 2 cans of black beans. Add together.
          Add 1/2 cup of olive oil, 3 limes, 3 T. cidar vinegar,1 tablespoon cumin, s&p to taste. Mix together. voila.
          GO SOX, but I am from Boston :~)