A great tailgating party just isn’t the same without barbecue. Despite time and space limitations, you can still cook up a barbecue feast with plenty of time left over to cheer on your team.
Step 1: Get a grill Use a portable grill that easily fits in your SUV and has enough firepower to cook food quickly.
TIP: You can get a specialized tailgate grill that mounts onto a trailer hitch and swings out for easy access.
Step 2: Pick easy foods Choose hot dogs, brats, and thin cuts of steak that cook quickly over an open flame. Bring along prepared salads and side dishes for easy accompaniments.
Step 3: Practice food safety Fill the cooler with plenty of ice and keep the raw meat away from cooked food to avoid cross-contamination. Use an instant-read thermometer to monitor freshly cooked food.
TIP: Give yourself plenty of time and arrive about three hours before the game; serve food an hour and a half before the game starts, giving yourself time to eat, clean up, and cool down the grill.
Step 4: Remember the extras Pack squeezable condiments. Don’t forget hamburger and hot dog buns, along with onions, tomatoes, pickles, salt, and pepper.
Step 5: Clean up your area Be respectful -- gather your trash and put it in garbage bags. Throw the bags into the back of your SUV and take it home for easy disposal. Go team!
FACT: Although accounts vary, football’s tailgate tradition likely began in New Brunswick, N.J., during a football game between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869.