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Top 10 Tailgating Tips

Top 10 Tailgating Tips

Since Moore’s Marinades and Sauces go so well with tailgating, we’re getting into one of our favorite times of the year – college football season! We do a lot of tailgating, along with our BBQ teams, and over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to have the best tailgate experience – before, during and after the game.

Even if you’ll just be “tailgating” at home on the couch, you’ll find some of these tips helpful.

  1. Prepare early. Most of your tailgating will happen on Saturday, but that’s not the time to start gathering supplies and preparing your menu. To make sure you cover all your bases and have plenty of time to prepare, start on Thursday or Friday. It’s not too early to pull out your Moore’s Original Marinade or Buffalo Wing Sauce to start adding maximum flavor to steaks, burgers, chicken wings and more.
  2. Take a test drive. If you’re new to tailgating or you’re experimenting with lots of new recipes, be sure you try out ingredients and methods beforehand so you know for sure you’re game day spread will be delicious.
  3. Take requests. If you’re in charge of a big tailgate party, it can be a daunting task to figure out everything you should make and take. Asking those who will be tailgating with you if there’s anything they want to have is a great way to make sure everyone’s happy. For more ideas, head over to the Recipe section on our website, for tons of new ideas.
  4. Have enough room. For tailgating, you really need a pretty large vehicle and/or trailer. There’s all the food, tents, tables, chairs, coolers and more you have to haul, plus you’ll need some workspace while preparing and getting ready.
  5. Be as portable as possible. Think through how you’ll pack and transport everything, including all your food, grills, generators and items for prep, like cutting boards, knives and paper towels. You want everything to be as easily loadable and unloadable as possible.
  6. Expect problems. It’s pretty much inevitable that someone’s going to forget something or something will go wrong. Be sure you pack extra of the staples – Moore’s, drinks, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, etc. Have a backup plan for less than ideal weather, not having the best location for tailgating and other issues that might come up. And remember that there’s most likely a store nearby if you have to make a run to pick something up.
  7. Take spare chargers. In the digital world we live in, it will be next to impossible to go without smart phones, tablets and laptops all day. Make sure you have your devices charged and get a spare charger for the car. After all, you want to be sure you can Instagram photos of your tailgate spread and share status updates on Facebook about your delicious creations!
  8. Hot and cold. To prevent problems, keep all food at safe temperatures, whether prepared in advance or cooked on site. Preparing most foods at home is a good idea, but if cooking foods in advance, cook them thoroughly. Partial cooking doubles the risk of unwanted bacteria. Cold foods must be kept below 40°F, while hot foods must be kept at 140°F or higher.
  9. Serve safe. Don’t let food sit out, especially in hot weather. Keep food in coolers until ready to serve or cook. When grilling, use an instant-read food thermometer to ensure you cook ground meats to an internal temperature of at least 160°F, steaks to at least 145°F, pork chops and tenderloin steaks to at least 160°F and chicken to at least 180°F. When your day of tailgating is over, discard perishable foods that have been out for more than an hour in temperatures over 90°F or for more than two hours in cooler weather.
  10. Clean up after yourself. Don’t litter, don’t leave a mess and clean up the area where you’ve been tailgating. Make sure this isn’t an issue by taking plenty of trash bags and have a plan for disposing of them. The area where you’ve spent the day should look BETTER when you leave than when you arrived.