It’s Tailgating Season! Here is Where You Can Cater Your Tailgate Party

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Local mom Kristina Hernandez shares the best local restaurants that cater tailgating parties! For more suggestions and reviews of places to eat, see our Greenville Eats page.

While the Fall season brings pumpkin patches, awesome festivals, and apple picking, it’s also the return of football season. And that means tailgating parties. Tailgating is such a fun way to spend time with family and friends. But you need good food and if you don’t want to pull out all the stops yourself, check out these places that will kick your tailgating party up a few notches.

Plan the perfect tailgate

Big Dave’s BBQ

Big Dave’s BBQ has a great catering menu of BBQ, chicken wings, and hot dogs. Yum. Big Dave also boasts of feeding the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, and Clemson Tigers so you know it’s going to be good.


Bucky’s BBQ

I love Bucky’s BBQ so much that I used them to cater my daughter’s baptism. But they also do a great job with tailgating parties.

They have three locations in Greenville and one in Fountain Inn.

Charlie’s Bar-B-Que

Located close to 85, Charlie’s Bar-B-Que actually has what they call a “tailgate kit”. They include baked beans, cole slaw, chips, bread, tea and plates along with the entrée of your choice of BBQ, BBQ & Turkey, or BBQ & Chicken.


Grill Marks

Known for their burgers and milkshakes, Grill Marks also does catering for tailgating parties. I will follow those milkshakes anywhere.


Henry’s Smokehouse

A BBQ staple in Greenville, Henry’s Smokehouse offers their award-winning food for tailgating. They have lots of options plus offers of setting up and taking down if you need.

Two locations in Greenville and one in Simpsonville. 

Mike & Jeff’s BBQ

A true hole-in-the-wall gem of Greenville barbeque, Mike & Jeff’s offers fantastic options to make your tailgating party a memorable one.


Nard’s Backyard BBQ

Not only does Nard’s Backyard BBQ cater but they are also a full-fledged BBQ competition team. They will work to cater any size event and keep it within your budget.


Pickwick Pharmacy

Tired of driving across town early in the morning to pick up Duke Sandwiches for your football tailgaiting party? Pickwick Pharmacy can help. Place bulk orders at least 48 hours in advance, and they will have your sandwiches bagged, chilled, boxed, and waiting to be placed in your cooler. They also provide ice free of charge if you need to stock your cooler.


The Chopping Block

Looking at this catering menu will have you putting this place on speed dial. The Chopping Block has a Raw Pack which consists of burgers, hot dogs, shrimp, and baby back ribs. The Italian Pack comes with lasagna, ziti with sausage, blackened chicken alfredo and a loaf of garlic bread. There’s more but I’m getting hungry.


The Smoking Pigs Restaurant

Catering mostly for Clemson games, the The Smoking Pigs Restaurant has four packages to choose from, ranging in price from $65.99 up to $344.99. All of them sound super tasty.

864.553.6092 or 864.787.7827 

Tom’s BBQ

With 30 years of experience, Tom’s BBQ obviously knows what they are doing. They have lots of great BBQ options (plus desserts) available for tailgating parties.


What’s your favorite place for catering a tailgate?

Meet Kristina, KAG Food Expert
Kristina_headshot 150 pixel Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer and New Jersey native who is thrilled to call the Upstate her new home. She loves cooking, trying new foods, and checking out all that Greenville has to offer.
About the Author
Elizabeth Faulkner, her husband and two young daughters moved back to Greenville in 2013 after spending over a decade in Charlotte and 3 years in the Dallas, Texas area. When first arriving in our area she spent four years working with the staff at Kidding Around Greenville. During that time, she was able to explore the area and build a wealth of local knowledge about all things family related! Prior to working at KAG she spent many years working in marketing at several large corporations, including Verizon Wireless and Strayer University. With her local knowledge, marketing skills and history of buying and selling homes in various states she decided to transition to a career in real estate. Elizabeth is now in her 5th year working as a local real estate agent and is loving every minute of it! In her real estate career, Elizabeth enjoys meeting new people and helping them achieve their housing goals. She loves helping families moving into the area learn their way around the Upstate and find the right spot for them. She also enjoys helping folks who have been here for years sell their home and move on to their next home or phase of life! Elizabeth takes great pride in working hard and providing top-notch service to her clients. Her goal is to make the buying and selling process a smooth one for each and every client she serves! To contact Elizabeth, call 864.414.2434.

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6 years ago

These are all wonderful places that serve up traditional tailgate BBQ foods, which people absolutely love! I would, however, like to recommend to those that are looking to change things up a bit, look into catering with a local Mediterranean restaurant. With delicious, healthy, and specialty diet menu items that will suit everyone’s needs, a place like Cafesano (should you live in the Dulles, VA area) is a perfect spot to get all of your tailgate’s food items just in time for the big game. Thanks again for sharing!