Take Boca Backyard Tailgating to the Next Level this Season

This post is sponsored by the “Game Day Favorites” promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.


Are you ready for some football…at HOME?!?! I know I am, especially now that South Florida’s weather has turned cooler and football season is ramping up to the best game of the year…the BIG GAME in February! My family loves to tailgate. Well, we love to EAT. And tailgating, even at home, is meant to be done outdoors.

Luckily, we live in Boca Raton and have a plethora of Publix stores to stock up on the essentials for Game Day food and fun! Here’s how we set up our own Boca backyard tailgating experience for the ultimate football Sunday by the pool…

Shopping at Publix for the Big Game

Shopping for Football Sunday at Publix

Publix is my go-to grocer to help make our Boca backyard tailgating menu come to life! From tasty meats to throw on the grill to the perfect ingredients for fresh guacamole, I can pick up everything on my shopping list AND SAVE at Publix!

Take advantage like me and stock up on football Sunday essentials during the Game Day Favorites Extra Savings promotion from 1/29-2/11 (2022). Simply visit Publix.com or pick up the 1/29 Extra Savings flyer in the kiosk at the store’s entrance (You can ask customer service if you can’t find it). It features the complete list of product savings included in the promotion. Look for the at-shelf signs located throughout the store, which highlight the savings during the promotion through February 11th.

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Shopping at Publix for the Big Game

Choosing Your Tailgating Menu

When it comes to Boca backyard tailgating, we like to keep things classic. Pulled pork and hot dogs (for the kids) with delicious sauces and veggie sides work great for our family! We also love having something to snack on pre-games like chips and guac.

Good thing many of these classics are included in the Game Day Favorites Extra Savings promotion at Publix! Just visit Publix.com or pick up the 1/29 Extra Savings flyer in the kiosk at the store’s entrance (You can ask customer service for one if you can’t find it).

For appetizers, we picked up with Extra Savings:
  • $1 OFF WITH MFR DIGITAL COUPON 4 Hass Avocados From Mexico
  • 2 for $5 Mission Tortilla Chips 9 or 13-oz your choice
We love this simple guacamole recipe using:
    • 3 ripe Hass Avocados
    • A lime
    • Finely minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
    • A large pinch of salt

That’s it! Mash all of the ingredients together in a stone molcajete bowl and add a side of Mission Tortilla Chips and it’s game on!

Boca backyard tailgating

For our mains, we picked up with Extra Savings:
  • 2 for $8 King’s Hawaiian Rolls 12-ct. 12-oz your choice
  • 2 for $6 Duke’s Mayonnaise 18-oz your choice
  • 2 for $6 Duke’s Southern Sauces 14–17.5-oz your choice
  • 5 for $4 Libby’s Vegetables 14.5–15.25-oz your choice
  • 2 for $12 Curly’s Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken 12–16-oz your choice
  • 2 for $8 Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks 11–12-oz your choice
  • Publix hot dog buns from the bakery

We cooked the Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks on the grill and microwaved (yes, microwaved!) the Curly’s Pulled Pork for sliders coupled with one of my favorites—King’s Hawaiian Rolls. Libby’s Vegetables corn was easily heated up on the stove and then we pretty much-slathered everything in various Duke’s sauces. We LIVE for Duke’s Mayonnaise in our house!

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Boca backyard tailgating

Setting Up Your Boca Backyard Tailgating Experience

As I mentioned before, not tailgating outdoors is a deal-breaker for us–even when we’re at home! We recommend bringing everything you need for the Big Game outside where you plan to eat and watch football. This is where plastic cutlery/napkin caddies, drink pitchers, and plastic plates and cups all come in really handy for portability.

Boca backyard tailgating

Our firepit doubles as an actual table when lit (or not), so we snuggle up on our comfy outdoor couches and chow down while rooting for our favorite team (or watching all of the commercials, which is my personal favorite).

Boca backyard tailgating

It’s going to be hard to go back to tailgating in a parking lot after this cushy football season in our own backyard. At least one thing will never change: shopping for the BIG GAME at Publix!


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