INDIANAPOLIS - If you’re getting ready to tailgate before your favorite football team’s kickoff, Indiana farmers have a recipe you may want to prepare.

After all, they eat many-a-meal on the tailgate of their pickup trucks during the busy fall season.

“Either taking a break from harvest for burgers on the back of a pickup truck or carrying a thermos of chili into a tractor on a cool, autumn afternoon, farmers are the original tailgaters,” said Indiana Soybean Alliance board director Elaine Gillis, who is a soybean farmer from Dunkirk, Ind. 

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance have announced the winner of 2019 Colts Best Tailgate Recipe Contest.

The contest was a way to highlight the abundance of flavorful foods produced by farmers across the state.

First place honors go to Dan Cole from downstate Madison.  He created the “Uncle Dan’s Award-winning Schnackburgers with spicy fried corn.”

Second place goes to Kyle Etheridge of Fort Wayne, who prepared “Heartland Chili.” 

The Indiana “checkoff” organizations say thousands of fans, would-be chefs, and Hoosier farmers submitted recipes to the Indianapolis Colts in recent months. A panel of judges, including former Colts player Mike Prior, reviewed the recipes for presentation, the use of Indiana-grown products, food quality, taste, creativity, and Colts enthusiasm.

The winning recipes and several others were included in the Colts Tailgate Recipe Cookbook, which was distributed to 10,000 fans attending last Sunday’s game. To check out the recipes, click here.