Manning the grill
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Manning the grill
Nick Estrada tends to his drunken chicken. (Axel Koester / For The Times)
Tailgaters April Kayter, left, and Megan Colvin before a USC game. (Axel Koester / For The Times)
Pork chops stuffed with goat cheese, bacon and spinach; celery root slaw; black beans; and skillet corn bread. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Main course
Brined overnight then grilled on game day, stuffed chops are the centerpiece of the pork-filled tailgate extravaganza. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Quarterback tough
Celery root and apple slaw is tossed with toasted pecans and currants then lightly dressed with sour cream, cider vinegar and a touch of horseradish (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Depth of flavor
Slow-cooked black beans can be made the day before and reheated before the party. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)