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Grilling for a Crowd at the Tailgate

Grilling for a Crowd at the Tailgate

Tailgating at home or at the game often involves a LOT of people. Sometimes unexpected numbers of people. Of course you want to have plenty of food for everyone, but you also don’t want to spend all of your time slaving away over the hot grill, only getting to socialize with those hungry guests who come over to see when lunch will be ready.

Here are 5 measures you can take to ensure that you have plenty of food for a crowd, plus time to enjoy it all.

 

 

  1. Take untraditional methods with brats and dogs. A staple of many tailgates, sausages and hotdogs are a great way to feed a crowd. But it can take time to cook them all. A beer bath is a great way to add flavor and make the process a little more hands off. Grill your brats and dogs prior to your guests’ arrival, then place into high sided disposable aluminum pans filled with your favorite beer. The pan can go directly on the grill to simmer. The slow cooker is also a great method for cooking brats and dogs (and other dishes) if you don’t have any extra grill space.
  2. Gotta have burgers. Everyone makes burgers at some point during football season. Ground beef is the perfect vehicle for all kinds of flavors that can be mixed up and prepped well in advance. All of our Moore’s Marinades and Sauces add great flavor to burgers, along with other additions, like garlic, onion, diced peppers, grated cheese, spices, herbs and more.
  3. Self-serve. When it comes to toppings for burgers or other sandwiches, a self-serve toppings buffet is the way to go. Have everything out, easy to find and easy to reach. You’ll cater to different tastes and not take away precious time from the grill or the game by having to answer questions and help people find what they need. Include a variety of condiments, Moore’s Sauces, lettuce, tomato, relish, grilled onions, bacon, cheese, slaw and whatever other creative concoctions you can come up with.
  4. Pull some pork. Because pulled pork often takes several hours, it’s something you can get started on in advance and finish up at the tailgate site. It can be a little labor intensive as you often have to keep a close check on the temperature of the smoker, but it will be worth it when you have tons of pulled pork for guests to make sandwiches with.
  5. Think small. When it comes to most sandwiches or other main meat dishes, you can often scale down your size and allow people to try more variety without having to make more food. Think burger or pulled pork sliders and chicken tenders instead of the entire breast. An added bonus is that these small portions can probably be cooked more quickly and in bulk on the grill.