In the world of tailgating, people range from dabblers to dynamos.
For some, it’s sufficient to bring some cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, maybe a veggie tray and something cold to drink. But if you’ve ever been to some of the local college football games, you know some people set up a spread that’s like a state dinner under a tent. As my mom, who has done some VT tailgating with her husband, very succinctly put it, “You see everything from nuts to filet mignon.”
Hard-core tailgaters have not only their favorite recipes (some of which may be superstitiously tied to the performance of their team), but also gadgets galore. Portable grills and other cooking equipment are a pretty standard sight to see.
I asked my colleague, Shoptimist columnist Rebecca Holland, about her family’s tailgating tendencies. Rebecca comes from a long line of Clemson graduates and her dad is pretty serious about his pre-game parties. Their two favorite things to have on game day are her dad’s spicy homemade Chex mix and country ham biscuits for breakfast, but they also have also warmed up barbecue, grilled, and done a low-country boil.
That last idea seemed pretty clever to me because the only equipment it requires is a portable stand burner and a big pot. You could even partially pre-cook the potatoes in advance so it doesn’t take forever for them to cook. Dump it all out on a plastic tablecloth and go to town.
Do I have any avid tailgaters reading this blog, or do you guys know anybody who fits that bill? If so, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite tailgating dishes and any gadgets or tips you’ve discovered to make tailgating more fun than it is work.