Tailgating with Joe Drozda: Morning Tailgates – Don’t you love them?

Breakfast burritos are great for morning games. (Submitted photo)

Breakfast burritos are great for morning games. (Submitted photo)

By Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

We’re joking of course. To bow down to the TV gods, many college and pro football programs start at noon or one depending on the time zone.  So the question is, “What do I serve at a morning tailgate?”  The answer is easy.

Serve the same breakfast meal that you would serve to friends when you are entertaining for breakfast at home. We serve eggs to order, sausage, English muffins, coffee and Bloody Marys. Sometimes we serve a Mimosa in warm weather. So you ask us, “How does one prepare all that food, just like they do in their kitchen?” It’s simple if you use the right equipment.

We use a portable range that has an oven and two burners and a coffee maker, both powered by those small propane canisters. We toast muffins, flour tortillas, or bake biscuits in the oven and prepare the sausage and eggs in frying pans on the burners. Look at (photo one) for this propane tailgate appliance. For coffee brewing we use a tailgate propane coffee maker (photo two).  We use these items regularly and they have lasted for years. They are made by Coleman.

Breakfast Burrito


1 package (16 ounces) Johnsonville® Fresh Chorizo Ground Sausage

8 eggs, beaten (egg beaters can be added/substituted to the mixture to reduce cholesterol)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

4 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches), warmed


Sour Cream


In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until meat is no longer pink; drain. Pour eggs into the skillet and cook them as you would for scrambled eggs at home. Sprinkle with cheese. Spoon filling evenly onto tortillas (heated over your burner), roll as desired. Serve with salsa and sour cream.