Don your team colors, grab the cooler and the grill and fill the truck with friends because it's time for some tailgating. This is a tradition among many sports fans, especially during football season and can bring out the biggest and best tailgating set ups anyone has ever seen. If you are a new tailgater, or just want to improve the spot you have staked out for an entire day, here are a few things you need to know. The best way to begin planning your tailgating party is to think about it as a one-day camping experience with coordinated colors.
Tailgating DrinksThe drink of choice for many tailgaters is beer and that leaves you with a lot of choices: big name favorites and any local brews being most popular. For a well-rounded tailgate party you will probably want more. Stock plenty of water, juice, and soda for the kids, think about a portable blender like the TailGator for frozen cocktails, and a portable bartending kit for your cocktails. Another option is to make your own pre-mixed cocktails, with those like a Long Island Iced Tea, Lynchburg Lemonade and the Screwdriver being the easiest - just mix it up in a spill-proof container.
Tailgating FoodTailgating may be about the game, team spirit and an awful lot of beer, but food is just as important. This is one of those opportune times to bring out your grill master skills. While the average burger will do the trick, why not go all out with some special game day fare? These are easy and can be prepped, seasoned and marinaded beforehand so you just plop them on the heat. And let's not forget about breakfast on the grill for those early games.
- BBQ Pork Stuffed Corn Muffins
- Ginger Garlic Buffalo Wings
- Grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip
- Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken
- Little Italy Sausage Burgers
Other Tailgating SuppliesI have seen many extreme tailgating set ups over the years and whether your game day toys include a decked-out pickup, a greasy slip and slide, an enormous beer bong, or whatever else your crazy sports fan mind can come up, go with it (except the beer thing - honestly, savor your drinks). When it comes to tailgating anything goes, but here are a couple of things you may want to think about.
- Pop-Up Tent - Convenient for bad weather, we heat these up mid-winter to escape the cold. Compare Prices
- Team Flags - Use these to guide friends to your tailgate spot while showing team spirit. Compare Prices