The month of November can only mean one thing to sports fans: it’s football season! Baseball is over, basketball and hockey are just getting started but we are deep in the heart of football season.
The best part of attending a football game in person is the tailgate the proceeds the game. Gone are the days of putting down the tailgate of your pick up truck and having a beer before the game, here are the days where people have satellite televisions, propane grills, RVs and anything else you can think of at their tailgates. So, do you want to have the best tailgate out there? Then here are some tips for you!
The first thing you are going to need is a way for your friends and family to identify and find your tailgate. The best way to do this is to set up a portable flag pole, of course you want to fly the flag of the team you support but you also want a flag that will be easily recognizable, so you can tell your friends, just look for the smiley face flag under the Ohio State flag! If you have a way for people to find you, you won’t be glued to your cell phone all morning trying to direct people to your location.
The second most important part of a tailgate is the food. There are various types of foods you need at a tailgate. If your party is going to last all day you will need to provide both snack foods and main courses. Snack foods are pretty easy, potato chips, party mix, cookies, chips and salsa and maybe a classic m&m salad. The main courses can get a little more complicated so we have to skip ahead.
Everyone likes to be able to eat hot food, especially on a cold November or December day. To provide electricity to your tailgate you will need a generator. A gas powered generator with extra gasoline will keep your food cooking all day long. Make sure that the generator is portable enough that it’s not a hassle to take to the stadium each week, but big enough that it will provide you enough power.
Now that you’ve got a generator hooked up you can get back to the food. The generator should be able to power one of the most important tailgate tools of all. The crock pot. In the crock pot you can make queso dip, baked beans, sweedish meatballs or any other crock pot food you can think of.
In addition to the crock pot there is one other tailgate staple. The grill. There are several options for grills depending on what you plan on cooking and the number of people you want to cook for. You can get a traditional propane grill, which is nice for cooking large amounts of food, but you will need a big vehicle to haul both the grill and the propane tank. There are also your standard coleman camping propane grills that will cook a few brats at a time. One other type of grill is a disposable grill that you literally light on fire once, cook up a few brats or burgers and then throw it away. If you are planning on making your tailgate party a regular event I would recommend investing in a grill made for tailgate parties.
Since you are already bringing a generator to the party, there is another essential tailgate tool that it can power. The television. To have the best tv at the tailgate you will need to get an account with a satellite television company, and bring your dish to the game. Now you can sit at your tailgate and watch all the other games that are happening before your game. The key is to have a dedicated place for the satellite dish (think the top of the car) and the television (think the trunk of the car) and one person in charge of the remote control.
The last essential piece to the tailgate is the tent. You will want a tent to protect yourself, your food and your electronics from the elements. There are several varieties of pop up tents now that are easy enough for 2 people to set up in 5 minutes or less.
Once you have all of these tailgate tools assembled you need to pick a spot. Once you have your spot and everyone knows about it you should stay there, claim your land and set out to have the best tailgate on the block!