Summer is slowly slinking away and ushering forward cool autumn evenings and crisp Saturday afternoons. This means football is on its way and with it the grand tradition of tailgating. A deeply entrenched ritual of breaking out that cheap hibachi grill left over from your days in college and popping open a couple of cold ones in the company of others. Whether you are in the back of a parking lot under the glow of the Friday Night Lights or on the campus of your alma mater behind an RV full portable flat screen TVs and outrageous spreads of food, the art of tailgating is timeless.
As tempting as it may seem to pull out all the stops and shoot for culinary nirvana in the back of your mini van, the best bet for you and your crowd of hungry fans is to keep it simple. Remember, you’re technically playing an away game from your kitchen so keep these three key points in mind when planning your tailgate party-
1) Preparation is everything: Put every thing together before you leave the house. If you’re trying to pull off great wings in a parking lot, have all the oil measured out, sauces packaged in a container that can double as a serving dish and condiments pre-portioned in bags and disposable plastic containers.
2) Eat Like a Caveman (or woman): There is a high likelihood that you and your fellow revelers will be holding a beverage while enjoying the food. Prepare items that can be eaten with one hand. Chicken drumsticks, grilled lamb chops, kabobs, and other assorted meats on sticks are perfect.
3) When In Doubt, MacGyver It: You won’t have your full suite of appliances on hand, so you’ll have to improvise. In place of an oven, fill a cooler with hot bricks wrapped in foil to stand in for a warming oven. Pack a tackle box or toolbox with your utensils and assorted spices. Use leftover 6-pack bottle holders as container for bottled condiments and sauces. Line a 12-pack container of bottled beer with a plastic bag and fill with ice for a disposable drink cooler.
Most importantly, enjoy the brotherhood of the tailgate on game day. Tailgating is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. After all, you could be back at home raking the leaves, so have some fun and cheer your team on to victory.
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