Tailgating season is upon us. As the masses of loyal fans descend upon stadium parking lots to pre-game, we're teaching you how to do it in style. Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, you like to do it up big or keep it simple, we've got the tools needed to make your parking lot party a touchdown.

Stick around to the end for a roundup of some of Chef Tom's most tailgate worthy recipes.

Here are our top 9 items for tailgating success.

A grill that travels well. 

For charcoal lovers: PK Grills PKGO with FlipKit – this rugged little grill is actually two grills in one. Use it as a standard grill with lid OR detach the lid, flip it over, and use that portion as another grilling surface. Versatility and portability for the win.

 

 

 

 

 

For the ease of gas: Weber’s Q 1200 portable gas grill is a classic tailgating staple. Available in a variety of colors to match your team pride, this small but mighty cooking machine will elevate your game day spirit. 

 

 

A companion for your libations. 

Yeti’s Roadie 24 is small enough to tote around easily but big enough to keep the drinks flowing. Available in a variety of colors, grab one that matches your team gear!

A “do it all” seasoning. 

When you’re taking the show on the road, simplicity is of the essence. Instead of packing your entire pantry of seasonings, grab one that will shine in a variety of applications. Cattleman’s Grill Trail Dust All Purpose Rub is the perfect blend of herbs and spices for any dish.

Multi-purpose tools that get the job done.

We were just discussing the importance of simplicity and that rule goes for tools too. Napoleon’s 2-piece tool set has a sturdy stainless spatula and set of tongs. Leave the barbecue tool arsenal at home and grab this simple set instead.

ATBBQ’s collapsible prep tub was practically made for tailgating. Number one, it folds flat. Number two, it’s multi-purpose: you can use it to marinate, season, trim, or slice. This is one tool that our team reaches for over and over.

Our prep & serve trays come in handy on the go as well. Made of shatterproof melamine, these trays can be used for food prep or serving as the name suggests. These trays are always in rotation in the ATBBQ teaching kitchen.

A bottle opener that tells you what time it is. 

You’re tailgating. That means beer. This cheeky bottle opener is there to open your bottles and remind you what time it is (hint - it’s beer:30).

Something to keep your game day gear safe. 

You know what would ruin a perfect tailgating session? Splattering food on your team colors while you command the grill. Protect your gear while cooking a feast with an apron. Chef Works' Bronx Bib Apron has ample storage for your thermometer, phone, and tools as well.

Now that you've got all the gear you'll need for a great tailgating season - check out these recipes for game day inspiration.

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