Tailgating in Jackson

Tailgating season is here. No matter what team you’re rooting for, here are a few places to help you celebrate the ups and downs all season long.

Smoked bbq ribs
Jefferson's Grill
Credit: Rachel Phương Lê

Jefferson's Grill - 5612 Old Canton Road

Smoked meats? They've got 'em at Jefferson's inside the Valero Station at Colonial Mart in North Jackson.

Purchase a half or full rack of ribs, smoked sausage or rib plates - and you'll be the hit of your tailgating crew!

Plan ahead: Jefferson's tends to sell out well ahead of their posted closing hours. For catering orders, call 601-738-6164.

Back Yard Burgers - 2601 North State Street

Just a 90-second walk from the Mississippi Veteran Memorial Stadium, Back Yard Burgers’ menu is just what any tailgater could want. The flame-grilled, third-pound burgers come with a variety of topping combinations. The Southwest BBQ burger, made with cheddar cheese, bacon, onion straws, BBQ sauce, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles, is perfect if you’re looking for something different from a traditional cheeseburger.

However, if you’re looking for a non-beef option, Back Yard also has turkey burgers and chicken sandwich options. The Black Jack Chicken Club is a great option, made with blackened chicken, pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and creole mayo.

Open from 10:30 am to 9 pm every day of the week, Back Yard Burgers is the place to pick up burgers for your tailgating party.

Eddie Wright BBQ – Food truck with varying locations

Barbecue is done just a bit differently at Eddie Wright BBQ. With a motto of “all smoke, no sauce,” barbecue items from here have a unique taste that’s done right.

All menu items can be ordered in catering-sized servings, perfect for feeding the whole tailgating party. Menu items include smoked chicken wings or thighs, smoked ribs, sausages or brisket. You can also order side dishes such as potato salad or smoked tater tot casserole, complete with tots smoked over pecan pellets, married together and smoked again and topped with shredded cheddar.

Or, if you’re ordering for the whole party, Eddie’s also offers a Party Pan: 50 wings and two slabs of smoked ribs, with dipping sauces and rolls. Customize this to your liking by adding more barbecue items for your group.

Eddie Wright BBQ offers pick-up or delivery for online orders. With a pre-determined delivery time window, you can have barbecue delivered right to you, so you don’t have to leave the party.

Corner Market – locations in Fondren, Belhaven and LeFleur East

This chain grocery store has you covered when it comes to on-site tailgate cooking. With options such as Certified Angus beef burgers in various flavors, hotdogs, brats, Sanderson Farms chicken and even pork chops, Corner Market has you covered no matter what you’re in the mood for. Pick up fresh-baked buns, produce toppings and even craft beer while you’re in the store to complete your tailgating menu.

If you’re looking for a deal, Corner Market offers a 5 for $19.99 special every day of the week where you can choose five items from the meat counter for under $20.

Hours of operation vary between stores, so find the specifics of your location at their website (linked above).

Rebecca Fending

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Rebecca Fending