For decades, tailgating has become bigger and better, as people spend more time and money on new and innovative tailgating supplies with each passing season. A lot has changed in the world of tailgating. Many people spend over $700 a year on food and supplies for up to 10 parties a season. Some fans take it to the extreme. It is important though to make sure your parties are about having fun.
Always be prepared. Make a list of the items you will need for set up, cooking, serving, and clean-up. Check off each as you pack. Remember to bring plates, napkins, towels, cups, utensils, first aid kit, trash bags, water, food storage containers, and damp towels to clean hands and face.
To be able to have a nice party, you need to have good supplies.
You might want to consider some of the following supplies that can be helpful in an enjoyable party:
Bar-B-Gater- this is an ultimate barbecue pit. You can use this with almost all vehicles. All you need is a 2″ receiver hitch that is common on most SUV’s, trucks and vans. The best thing about this is that, you can hook it up to your vehicle or unhook it from the vehicle when you are home again.
Tailgate Tables- this can be set up in seconds and it provides storage for eating and cooking utensils inside. This is a very convenient table to use that you can easily store in your vehicle.
A portable sun shelter system. It comes with a detachable bag and it is fully retractable with guy lines. The detachable bag unwraps and can also be turned into a personalized team banner.
Fan gate- this is a large banner and has a licensed logo printed on it. It straps to the tailgate of your pickup truck SUV or van.
TailGator Gas-Powered Blender- It’s a great gas-powered blender. It makes great frozen food for car races, camping, football games, kayaking, cross country skiing, or at picnics.
Car Flags- this help to identify if somebody is having a party from a distance. Your friends would never have to spend countless hours looking for your tailgate party at the lot.
Collapsible Cargo Bag/Trunk Organizer- in here, you can conveniently organize your party supplies and other important things you need.
Freedom grill- An easy-to-use grill, it connects to any 2″ receiver ball on your SUV, van or truck. You can “get your grill on” with this unique useful setup
Tepee Portable Restroom/Shower- this provides a common solution to restroom and shower facilities. A portable restroom, and this can be packed easily.
Pyrex portables food carrier set- this is where you can keep your cooked foods without any worries.
Keep it simple. Plan your menu or the things you need in advance by doing the prep work a day or two prior to the game or choose easy-to-tackle products that combine convenience with homemade taste. Be sure to give everyone ample time to eat, socialize, and clean up.
Having all these supplies ready for your party and definitely you will be having a great time. This is a one of a kind experience that you will definitely never forget.
And remember, the early bird gets the … bigger space!
1. Invest in some good quality, thick blankets. This will be your best friend when it comes to sitting on cold bleachers or tailgating in the snow.
2. Dress in layers. It might seem like a no-brainer, but making sure you’re properly bundled up is key to staying warm. Wear a base layer of long underwear, followed by a couple of thinner layers. top it all off with a coat, scarf, and hat.
3. Bring along some hand warmers. These little packets can be a lifesaver when your fingers start to feel numb.
4. Don’t forget the hot chocolate. Since tailgating usually involves drinking, it’s important to have something warm to balance out the alcohol. Hot chocolate is the perfect solution.
5. Take breaks indoors. If it’s too cold to handle, don’t be afraid to head inside for a bit. Most stadiums have warm areas where you can take a break from the elements.
6. Plan ahead. Make sure you know where you’re tailgating and how to get there before the game. This will help you avoid any stressful situations when you’re trying to find your way around in the cold.
7. And finally, don’t forget to have fun!
When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, some people are content to stay indoors. But for others, cold weather is just another excuse to get together and have some fun. If you’re planning on tailgating in the snow, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a good time and stay warm.
First, dress in layers. You’ll want to have a base layer of clothing to wick away sweat, a middle layer for insulation, and a waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget to wear a hat and socks, and consider adding a scarf or face mask to protect against the cold.
Second, bring a source of heat. A small space heater can go a long way towards making your tailgating spot comfortable. If you’re using a gas grill for cooking, you can also use it to warm up your hands and feet.
With a little preparation, tailgating in the snow can be a great way to enjoy the winter weather.
Barbecue cooking is not a science. It is not something that is so difficult that you will never be able to cook outdoors with great results. What it is, however, is the most important part of any tailgating event. Sauce tops it off!
Your barbecue sauce will decide your outdoor cooking success. Sure, not all barbecue cooks use sauce in their cooking. They will sometimes use a barbecue rub instead. Nonetheless, a bbq sauce should always be passed around for dipping.
There are more different barbecue sauces and ways to make barbecue than you can count. But generally there are just a few different kinds of barbecue sauces that make up the vast majority. For every class of barbecue sauce, there is one base ingredient that gives it this distinction.
These classes of barbecue sauces are quite often regional in their popularity. In other words, traditionally you tend to see certain kinds of sauces in certain regions and areas of the United States.
Listed here, in no particular order, are the larger classes and regions of barbecue sauces that are most commonly found. Included is the base ingredient for each sauce. Also included is the particular meat or cut of meat most often associated with the regions’ barbecue.
(1) Texas Barbecue Sauce – This is a sweet and spicy sauce that uses ketchup as its base ingredient. Texas barbecue starts with beef and usually ends with beef.
(2) Memphis Barbecue Sauce – Not as sweet or spicy as Texas sauce, Memphis sauce usually includes tomatoes and vinegar as its base ingredients. It is also a thinner sauce. Ribs are Memphis’ favorite cut of meat to barbecue.
(3) Carolina Barbecue Sauce – Within the Carolinas, barbecue can actually be broken down into three distinct regions of sauces. Pork shoulder or butt is king of all the Carolina barbecue meats.
In Eastern North Carolina, a thin sauce heavy in vinegar is the desired choice.
In Western North Carolina, a thicker, sweeter “red” sauce made of ketchup or tomato sauce is the favorite flavor.
In South Carolina, people tend to go for a thick barbecue sauce that uses mustard as its base ingredient.
(4) Alabama Barbecue Sauce – One of the more unusual sauces, this is “white” and uses mayonnaise as its base ingredient. This is used on chicken, turkey, or pork.
(5) Kansas City Barbecue Sauce – This is a thick, red sauce. Kansas City barbecue uses a lot of sauce on many different kinds of meat. Pork and beef the most common types of meat in Kansas City.
This list in no way included all the types of barbecue sauce styles there are. Versions of each type of sauce can be found in regions throughout the United States. And of course, different recipes within the regions can be found everywhere.
Choose a barbecue sauce that fits your taste. Find a few good recipes for that type of sauce. Then try different ingredients and add them to your base ingredient to make this recipe into your personal signature sauce.