4 tailgating recipes for Bears season opener

Tim Laird -- America’s C.E.O. (Chief Entertaining Officer) -- shares some of his favorite tailgating recipes with WGN Morning News.

The Tailgater 

In a rocks glass with ice, add:
1½ ounces Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
3 ounces apple cider
Dash of Chinese Five Spice
Stir and garnish with an apple slice.

For an alcohol-free version simply leave out the bourbon.

Note: This drink is also delicious served warm for cold weather games. Heat the apple cider, then add the rest of the ingredients.

BBQ in a Cup
In the bottom of a cup add a large spoonful of your favorite baked beans. Top this with your favorite BBQ such as pulled pork or pulled chicken. Add a dollop of coleslaw, top with chives and serve.

Note: You can use your own recipes to make the baked beans, BBQ and coleslaw or, to save time, buy these items pre-made.

Buffalo Mac and Cheese
4 cups prepared macaroni and cheese
¼ cup hot sauce
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
Panko bread crumbs, toasted, for garnish

Combine the macaroni and cheese, hot sauce and blue cheese. Serve in individual cups and top with the bread crumbs.

Note: You can use your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe or simply buy it from the store.

End Zone Crunch
15 ounces mini pretzels
12 ounces cereal (your favorite, I prefer Chex)
16 ounces roasted nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews or any combination)
10 ounces raisins
2 11-ounce bags white chocolate chips
1 19.2-ounce bag M&M’s

In a very large bowl, combine the pretzels, cereal, nuts, raisins and chocolate chips. Microwave the mixture for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate has starts to melt. Add the M&M’s and stir to fully combine. Spread the mixture on to parchment-lined cookie sheets and refrigerate to harden. Break into bite-size pieces and serve.

Note: This recipe makes a large amount but keeps well in the freezer. Serve at room temperature.