Nothing beats that feeling of excitement as pull into the stadium. Your heart beats faster as you know this will be an unforgettable experience, no matter what happens. This memorable event will stay with you for a few weeks, months or even years. You have been waiting for this day for your entire life, or maybe just a week. However long it is, when that big day arrives you are ready to enjoy the best tailgate party you have ever been to!
A football game will be held later, wait there’s a game? For some, the football game itself is not that important. For most, the tailgate party is where it’s at! Here are three keys to the ultimate tailgate party.
First, simple is great. Recipes that involve lots of ingredients, or those that involve serious amounts of cooking, are not the best choices. These recipes will keep you busy for hours and prevent you from enjoying yourself and socializing.
As a general rule, you should focus on simple dishes that you can prepare quickly and easily. There is no need to worry about perfection here. People won’t complain if the sauce you prepared doesn’t meet the Culinary Institute’s standards, or if your ribs don’t stand a chance in national BBQ competitions. Simple is key!
Second, embrace trying new things. Tailgaters often rely on the basic options; bacon, hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, and more. While these are great, it is always nice to try new foods when you can. Venture out and find someone who is cooking something you’ve never had. Let someone else do all the hard work of preparing a sophisticated dish while you reap the benefits!
Third, always make sure you are prepared. For starters, you should prepare as early as you can. For example, you could place the marinades or spice rubs on your beef dishes the night before. Then, you can just pull the beef out of your cooler and place it on your grill. You will be amazed at how much time this actually saves you. You can also pack up coolers and cars a day or two in advance, so you don’t waste any time on game day!
Hopefully the tips and tricks mentioned above will help you prepare for the ultimate tailgate. Whether you are an avid fan and tailgater or a beginner, everyone can pick up a few pointers here and there to help them plan the ultimate party. Next time you are getting ready to support your favorite team before their big game, remember a few simple tips to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible!