But on Sundays during the football season, Thompson turns into the king of tailgaters, making a hearty, gourmet meal for his friends and family before they watch their beloved New York Giants.
On The Early Show's Saturday Edition, Thompson prepared one of his typical tailgaters' over-the-top party menus - and tried to do it on our skimpy budget of $80 for eight people.
He showed he truly knows how to tailgate in style!
Deep Fried Turkey
Jerk Rubbed Pork Shoulder
Brats Cooked in Beer
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing
Parking Lot Beans
TAKE HOME TIPS
Deep Fried Turkey
1 10-12 pound turkey
2 gallons of water
2 cups hot sauce, such as Frank's
1 cup brown sugar
In a very large container mix together water, sugar and hot sauce, submerge the turkey overnight.
For safety fry the turkey outside.
In a large turkey fryer add three gallons of oil. Heat to 325ºF.
Being careful of the boiling oil, lower turkey into grease, legs first.
Cook for 40 minutes
Remove from grease, let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting
Sweet Potato Salad
4 Large Sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons Mustard
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of Bourbon (or something floating around the tailgate)
Rub olive oil and salt and pepper on the sweet potatoes and wrap them in foil individually.
Put them on the grill wrapped in foil.
Cook for 30-40 minutes until just tender.
Scoop insides out of potatoes and toss it into bowl or aluminum pan.
While still warm, stir in olive oil, mustard and bourbon.
Take skins from potatoes, rip into pieces and fry them in turkey fryer.
Mix fried pieces into potato salad.
8 large flour tortillas
1 pound of shredded cheese, mozzarella or cheddar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Thinly slice the onion and sauté in oil until caramelized.
Divide onion and cheese between 8 flour tortillas and fold in half. (Can be done the night before so they're ready to be cooked on the grill)
Place the tortillas on the grill and cook evenly on each side until cheese melts.
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