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16 Awesome Tailgate Winners For Daytona Day

Fans are revved up for the start of another exciting NASCAR season, this year kicking off with Fox Sports Daytona Day at the legendary Daytona 500 on Feb. 21. Coverage begins at 1 p.m., Eastern Time. This iconic track with its banked turns in the dazzling Florida sunshine embodies the spirit of community surrounding the wildly popular sport. Many fans camp at the track before, during and after the big race, making it the site of one of the biggest, most colorful tailgate parties on the planet.

When it comes to throwing memorable and stress-free parties, there are a few time-honored tricks, but the key is getting some great NASCAR recipes on the menu. We have some sure-fire winners sure to get your NASCAR viewing party fired up, whether you're at Daytona tailgating or watching it at home on the flat-screen.

1) The Porkinator

"An easy, delicious sandwich that everyone is sure to love. It combines the taste of fresh pork, BBQ and ranch all on a tasty ciabatta sandwich roll."

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A triple shot of pork in this flavorful sandwich. Photo by Smithfield

2) Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca

"The trick for this salsa is marinating the onions and jalapenos in lime juice for about 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes and cilantro. Toss together ingredients and you've got a fresh salsa fast enough for even Kevin Harvick!"

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Photo by Naples34102

3) Marc's Race Day Dip

"Add extra peppers or spices if you like your food hotter. Make 2 pans, one with lots of hot stuff and one omitting the chiles, olives and peppers."

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Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

4) Benny's Famous Jalapeno Poppers

Finish these cheesy, bacon-wrapped bites in the oven, or on the grill.

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Photo by Molly

5) Juicy Lucy Burgers

American cheese is the not-so-secret ingredient that gives these saucy sandwiches its fun name. Pass the extra napkins, please.

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Photo by bd.weld

6) Cowboy Margaritas

This cool cocktail, batched for a crowd, gets its sweet-tart kick from limeade and raspberry liqueur.

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Photo by lutzflcat

7) Fully Loaded Deviled Eggs

Bacon, sour cream and cheese make these over-the-top rich snacks a huge hit at any potluck.

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Photo by Christina

8) Chef John's Sunset Michelada

For an extra fresh tasting beertail, chef John suggests making tomato juice from scratch.

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Photo by Chef John

9) BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Homemade sauce that's a little bit sweet and spicy turn this pulled poultry classic into something worthy of Dale Jr's trailer grill.

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Photo by RainbowJewels

10) Mini Meatball Subs

This way flavorful slider goes from zero to the finish line in just over an hour, and the highly rated recipe makes eight hefty servings.

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Photo by Molly

11) Emily's Chipotle Chili

Italian sausage combines with the smokey jalapeno for a fiery bowl. A dollop of sour cream on top tames the heat.

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Photo by mommyluvstocook

12) Cherry-Chipotle Glazed Ribs

Sweet and smoky -- a little like 'Smoke' himself -- these meaty bones are another good one to make in advance and finish on the grill before serving.

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Photo by Smithfield

13) Pork Burger with bacon

A juicy take on the classic, this one goes for extra porky goodness by adding crispy strips of bacon to the patty.

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Photo by Smithfield

14) Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos

Crisp the pulled pork on a grill pan to add a smoky char to this mashup that's a little bit Southern, a little bit Northwest and a whole lot of delicious.

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Photo by Leslie Kelly

15) Chili con queso with chicken

This copycat tribute to the cheesy dip at Carlos O'Kelly's can be served from a slow cooker to keep it warm and gooey.

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Photo by Sanzoe

16) GG's Chocolate Sheet Cake

It might look like brownies, but this crowd-pleaser is so light, you'll want a second piece as soon as the first one disappears.

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Photo by KGora

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!