Football season has arrived. Whether you are a rabid fan or just a casual observer, everyone can agree that football season is tailgating season. Here are a few tips to make this tailgating season your best yet, and keep you safe in the process.
2. Safety First!
No one ever sets out to prepare food that would make someone sick, but it still happens. The first step in making sure all prepared foods are safe is transportation. Make sure you have a good cooler filled with ice to transport all raw meats and other items so that they arrive at the tailgate at the proper temperature. Don't remove items from the cooler until it's time to cook to ensure they stay cold. Once your grill is ready, remove the meat and cook it as you would at home.
When preparing meat, it's helpful to have a guideline of minimum temperatures to make sure everything is thoroughly cooked. Here is a blog post on proper food temperatures and using a instant read digital thermometer that will give you a good foundation for making sure everything is prepared properly.
If you are going to be preparing foods on site, make sure you have hot soapy water available to wash all utensils to limit any chance of contaminating other foods. Rinse cutting boards between uses, or better yet, use a disposable cutting board to do away with this hassle completely!
Finally, don't allow food to sit out. Try and cook your food as close to when you want to serve it as possible. If you must cook ahead of time, bring an extra cooler to store the food in. This will help keep the food's internal temperature from falling too much before serving.
3. Know the Rules
All stadiums will have rules regarding parking, tailgating times, and other regulations set up for the safety of you and everyone around you. Make sure you know the rules before you show up to keep from having any problems with parking attendants and security. If you are unsure of the rules, most teams will have a specific section on their website that breaks down anything you need to know.
For example, these are the quick facts about tailgating at the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium:
- Gates open 3 1/2 hours before kickoff
- Trailers are allowed, but you will be charged for an extra parking space and you must park in the grass
- RVs and motorhomes must enter the parking lot through gate 6.
- Parking lots will close 90 minutes after games or stadium events
4. Have the Right Grill
We carry an array of portable grills that are easy to set up and will have you tailgating in no time!
5. Cook Amazing Tailgating Recipes
There is nothing better than wowing your friends and other fans with great recipes. Here are some of our favorite recipes that will take your tailgating to the next level!