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Football Tailgate Charcuterie Board

October 18, 2020 (Last updated January 19, 2023) · Nicole Triebe

Step up your tailgating game with a football tailgate charcuterie board! It will be a hit no matter which team you’re cheering for!

Although football games and tailgating may look a little different during times of covid, doesn’t mean that they have to taste any different! An intimate gathering can still have an epic spread to watch two of your favorite teams battle it out. Football fans of all kinds will go crazy over this board!

When gathering ingredients for this football charcuterie board, you’ll want to consider what your guest’s favorite game-day snacks are. Whether that be chicken wings, pretzel bites, or chicken tenders, make sure to include those on the board! At the Dinner Fairy house, we love soft pretzels and spicy cheese dip! This game day charcuterie board is a must have for the big game!

football charcuterie board close up with crackers and smoked gouda and lit'l smokies

What should I include on my Football Tailgate Charcuterie Board?

Cheeses: First things first. My standard rule of thumb for any cheese board is to pick an assortment of mild, medium, and bold flavors. On this party platter, I’m including a smoky gouda, a nutty gruyere cheese, and a classic Cheddar Cheese sauce for dipping! You can find the easy cheddar cheese sauce recipe below!

Deli Meats: Grilling is a football tailgate tradition, so for meats, I’m including a hard salami and some grilled Lit’l Smokies® sausages for that festive football tailgating feel! Cook them according to the package directions and add them right on the board! They’re the perfect size for snacking.

Include something pickled: I love anything pickled for perfect complement to your meats and cheeses. Pickled vegetables, such as gherkins or pickles, olives, pickled jalapenos or pepperoncinis are great on charcuterie boards. They pair so easily with everything on the board and add a little tang.  Add these right on the board!

football charcuterie board close up with mustard and cheese dipping sauce

Other spreads: You may also include any of your favorite spreads, such as stone-ground mustard, which pairs with both the cheese and pretzels on this board! Place them in a small bowl on your wooden board.

Crackers & pretzels: While your tailgaters can get along perfectly well without crackers to pair with their cheese and meats, these items can be great for pairing a variety of ingredients for providing a edible vessel. I choose these crackers with everything bagel seasoning that I found at my local grocery store, and some Mini Pretzels to go along with the football theme! Choose crackers that don’t have a strong flavor to overpower the cheese and meats on your board. I also included some roasted almonds for a nice crunch, and some cheddar and caramel popcorn on the side.

How do I lay out my charcuterie board?

Start the layout of any charcuterie board with placing the larger objects or dips in bowls: in this case, the soft pretzels, almonds, cheese sauce and smoked gouda.

From there I like to fan my meats and cheeses around each bowl to create a beautiful football tailgate charcuterie board. I fanned the hard salami around the mustard and cheese dip bowls. I sliced the smoked gouda in wedges and layed them in a fan pattern. For the sliced gruyere, instead of laying them flat on the board, I stood them up and staggered them just slightly to add a little variety.

In the spaces that are left, add your crackers and Lit’l Smokies. These are hard to lay in an organized fashion, and look better in a little pile between everything else.

Adding some Football flair

To add an extra festive touch to this football tailgate charcuterie board, add some true football elements! I got these small footballs at my local party supply store, as well as some mini field goal posts that double as party picks for picking up cheeses! These cute football party picks also are a fun decorative touch. I threw in some mini foam fingers and football napkins around the board as well!

Other recipes to try:

Watching College football is so much more enjoyable with my yummy caramelized onion dip! Add it as a spread on this delicious grazing platter!

Looking for some sweet treats? Check out how to make some football cupcakes!

I hope you enjoyed this easy game day food idea! Bring it to your super bowl party and you’ll be the MVP! It’s such a yummy way to end the football season!

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Football Tailgate Charcuterie Board with Spicy Cheese Sauce

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1015 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Step up your game with a football tailgate charcuterie board! It will be a hit no matter which team you’re cheering for! 



1 wheel of smoked gouda

1 block of Aged Cheddar

Genoa Salami

Everything bagel crackers

12 oz little smokies, cooked 

Whole grain mustard



4 soft pretzels 

For the cheese sauce

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cup  whole milk

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese

1 x 4 oz can mild green chiles

salt and pepper, to taste


Assemble charcuterie board per instructions in the blog above. 

To make the cheese sauce:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, stirring constantly and cook for 1 minute until it forms a thick paste.

Whisk in the milk and cook until slightly thickened.

Turn off the heat and slowly stir in the cheese until melted. Stir until smooth. Add green chiles. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If it’s too thick add a Tablespoon or more of warmed milk.

Serve immediately

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  • Reply Katie February 6, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    This is such a perfect charcuterie board for the big game! It has all the staples- meat and cheese! Love all of your ideas and can’t wait to make this again!

  • Reply Anjali February 6, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    This charcuterie board looks so delicious!! I can’t wait to make it for game day!

  • Reply Pavani February 7, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Wow, love this game day charcuterie board. Looks absolutely inviting and delicious. Thanks for sharing this. Can’t wait to make it soon.

  • Reply Tara February 7, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Oh such a fun spread to celebrate! I love the theme and how something is included for the whole family. Looks so good!

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