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you have all of your gear and
you've ironed out the logistics, it's time to cook. Legends are made
and stars are born at the barbecue. Barbecuing at a tailgate party is
similar to an unofficial cook-off.
knows that grilling dogs, burgers, and brats along with downing a few
brews is an important part of the tailgating experience. That, and
the aroma of bar-b-que permeating the air.
Get an idea of how many people you will be feeding. Plan a few more plates for your neighbors and other people you will meet.
Try to stick to no more than two different foods for the grill. Hot dogs/sausages,hamburgers and chicken are the basic tailgate foods. While hot dogs and hamburgers may be basic, there are thousands of ways to spice them up.
Prepare much of your food in advance and treat your afternoon in the parking lot as you would a camping trip: The more you plan beforehand, the more fun you can have in the wild.
How you are able to prepare your food on the days preceding the game is crucial to the success of your tailgate party. Ideally, all you want to do when you set up your equipment is grill. This part is totally subjective. You know what you like and the odds are, you know how to cook it.
If you're going for the baby back ribs, brisket, or a juicy steak, it is best to do as much preparation as possible before you get to the parking lot. Allow your meat enough time to soak in the marinade and transport what you can in plastic zip-lock bags. It's okay to apply your dry-rub/seasoning once you're there.
When it comes to chili and jumbalaya, you can prepare them in the parking lot. Remember to allow yourself plenty of time.
If you're having burgers, slice the tomato, onion, lettuce and cheese and place them in zip-lock baggies along with any other condiment that might be in a glass jar (pickles).
You can prepare your cold dishes up to a week in advance to save time. Any salads (pasta, potato, cole slaw, etc) can be pre-made and placed in plastic containers.
Be pro antacid. Chili, bratwurst, roasted pig, baked beans and alcohol will try their best to upset your stomach. Having Tums, Pepcid or Rolaids on hand is like having a 'get out of bathroom free' card in your pocket.
Be creative when barbecuing
Stuffing yourself with delicious, elaborate, enviable foods is as much a part of tailgating as the game itself.
There are a couple of things to consider when choosing food for your Tailgate Party.
Cooking Hot Dogs won't do.
but . . .
tailgating culture has grown far beyond brats and beer. You're just
as likely to find Jamaican-style leg of lamb or maple-rosemary
A little extreme?
foot long Chilidogs piled high with kraut, slaw, or other similar
YEEEAAAH that's what I'm talkin' about!
Try to choose foods that look elaborate but are actually simple, that way your tailgate parties won't consume you with "WORK".
Face it, you can serve the best foods at your tailgate party but you don't want to be spending all your time preparing them while everyone else is enjoying themselves!
A perfect example of an easy tailgating food that looks elaborate is Kabobs. Sure they look complicated, but almost all of the prep can be done at home before you leave. Yet as you grill them, the sight, smell, and sound of them sizzling on your grill will instill envy in your neighbors!
Here is a short list of fairly simple Tailgating foods that are sure to instill envy into your tailgating neighbors,
night before the game,
Mind your Momma . . .
prepared to wash your hands frequently.
steaks need a longer period of marinating, so on Monday, put them in
a ziplock bag with the dressing or whatever marinate you are
using. Let them sit for two days and then freeze them until the
night before the game. They thaw but are still very cold for the trip.
Processed foods such as lunch meats and hotdogs spoil quickly, so use caution with them.
Watch the temperature of casseroles, especially those that contain egg, milk products, or meat in them because they tend to spoil quickly.
place to store and carry your knives, forks, spoons. and other small
stuff? How about a old tool box? You can find one cheap
at a hardware store or garage sale.
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