Tailgate Pork Chop Sandwiches

Tailgating this weekend? Try these root beer marinated pork chops. This dish is perfect for tailgating because of how easy it is to bring along with you. Make the marinade the night before soaking the meat overnight. Throw the container in an iced down cooler and grill fresh at the tailgate party. The smell of these will have other tailgaters stopping by to say hi just to inhale the smells. Grill seasoned onions and black pepper bacon with the meat and you have a beautiful and tasty sandwich. Yum!

The night before the tailgate mix up the marinade. In a medium bowl, combine a 12-ounce bottle of your favorite root beer, 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon dried sage, 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.


Place 6 boneless pork chops in a covered Tupperware bowl. Pour marinade over chops and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.


In the morning, slice a sweet onion, like Vidalia, and place in a small plastic container. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and season with a *smoked salt seasoning. Mix together coating the onions. Cover with lid.


Pack the pork, onion, and a package of black pepper bacon in an iced cooler. Don’t forget the buns and condiments! When ready to grill place chops on the rack of grill directly over medium heat. Discard the marinade. In a small cast iron skillet add the onion mixture; place on grill. Lay the bacon over a grilling bacon rack. Cover and grill until pork reaches 175°F. This will depend on your grill heat. We like to grill over a nice slow heat and this usually takes up to 20-30 minutes.


Assemble the sandwiches; spread buns with spicy mustard, top with pork, seasoned onion, bacon and bun tops.


These are a delicious addition to the normal brats and hamburgers served up at tailgates. They instantly draw the attention of nearby tailgaters. What is your favorite tailgate food? Share in the comment section. – Ella💙

*Working out the legalities but work on the spices is coming along. You will be able to purchase the smoked seasoned salt and other spices soon!  Here is the first look of the possible packaging.


Tailgate Pork Chop Sandwich

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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• 6 boneless pork loin chops
• 12 ounces root beer
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon dried sage
• 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 large white onion, sliced
• Smoked Salt Seasoning
• Olive oil
• 12 slices black pepper bacon
• 6 deli rolls, split


  1. For marinade: In a medium bowl, combine root beer, ketchup, olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place pork chops in a covered Tupperware bowl. Pour marinade over chops and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, drain pork, discarding marinade. Place chops on the rack of grill directly over medium heat.
  4. In a cast iron skillet add the sliced onion, drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle with the smoked salt seasoning. Toss to coat the onions.
  5. Place the bacon on a rack made for the gill.
  6. Cover and grill for 10 minutes.
  7. During the last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling, open the buns and place them cut-side down on the grill rack to lightly toast.
  8. To assemble sandwiches, spread buns with spicy mustard. Top with pork, seasoned onion, bacon and bun tops.


Author: Ella

Just a girl who loves to cook farm-to-fork foods living the dream!

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