You don't have to be a seasoned tailgater of twenty years to put on a successful tailgate party. In fact, you only need to follow the basicsÂ for the fun, delicious tailgating experience you're hoping for. The pros might tell you about all theÂ bells and whistles you "must" have, from tricked-out trucks to portable sound systems. But if you're just starting out, you only need these four steps:
During the first part of the season, the weather may be cool and comfortable. But give it a month or so, and you'll find yourself shivering in your team jersey. The key to tailgating at every game is being prepared for the weather. That means packing coats and beanies, serving hot drinksÂ and soup, and investing in a canopy to stay dry. You may also want a portable propane fire pitÂ for an added bit of warmth to keep the party going.
2.ChooseÂ Your Menu
Ask yourself this: why do people tailgate in the first place? Food, food, and food. Sure, they all want to cheer their team on at the game, but in the hours leading up to kickoff, they're focused on what's cooking. You want to put plenty of thought into your tailgating menu.Â Burgers and brats are always a solid choice, but you can find plenty of unique recipes outside of the classics if you're looking to change things up.
3.Gather YourÂ Gear
Once you've settled on your menu, you'll need to assemble your tailgating kitchen. You want to keep two things in mind when selecting your tailgating grill: portability and power. First of all, since you'll be cooking from the parking lot, you need a stove that sets up and takes down like a dream. We're talking features like removable legs, a carry bag, and foldable side shelves. You also want to consider cooking power; you need a stove that heats up quick and can handle whatever food you want to throw on it. We've found that this tailgating stove hits the sweet spot between both of those elements.
4. Prep the Food
After you've gathered your ingredients and your cooking gear, you should prepare all of the food the night before. That means slicing the onions, forming the meat patties, and blending the soup all before you show up on game day. This will save you hassle at the tailgate party (have you ever tried to shape burger patties in a parking lot?), andÂ it means the food will be ready to eat that much sooner. You also won't have to pack as much since you'll have finished all the food prep at home, which you'll be happy about at the away games.
And there you have it. Your game plan for an excellent tailgate party. Follow the steps and you'll be having a good time with good food at a good game (if your team is winning). Tailgate on, super fans.