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[4 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
Tailgating 101: Direct and Indirect Grilling

If you enjoy incorporating the use of a portable charcoal grill, it is important that you learn a few charcoal grilling tips. There are at least two unique methods when it comes to the type of cooking done on a charcoal grill. These methods are identified as “Direct” and “Indirect”. Prior to cooking on your grill, it is important to ensure that you know which foods are appropriate to these cooking strategies. Many meats that are large are typically cooked in an indirect fashion on the grills that are available …

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[31 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

I’m not really going to advocate healthy tailgating, but I guess some people do. The folks over at Healthy Eats offer a few helpful suggestions on how to create a healthier tailgate experience.  These are probably particularly useful for Super Bowl parties, so throwing them out there now.
In addition, they do have a few healthy tailgate party recipes for you health nuts.  The desserts here actually do look pretty good.

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[5 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
The Best Bloody Mary Recipe

If you prefer to get an early start to your tailgate parties, you need to arm yourself with a bad-ass bloody mary recipe.  The beauty of the bloody mary is the unlimited potential combinations it can offer.  Everybody has their favorite though.  This is mine.

1.5 oz tomato juice
1.5 oz Clamato juice
1.5 oz Vodka
2 dashes of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
a couple drops of Tabasco sauce

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[31 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
5 Ways to Grill Better Burgers

Burgers are a staple at tailgate parties and don’t get nearly enough attention.  We take for granted that everyone knows how to do a burger.  Here are a few tips to help raise the bar for your burgers.
1. Buy the right meat. Don’t just hit the display case and grab the first set of patties pre-packaged in styrofoam.  Go hit the meats counter and spend some time looking at your options.  Too often, people grab the lean ground beef  (10% or less).  No good.  Fat is your friend here.  …

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[30 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

I’m guessing that the practice of shotgunning a beer is as old as tailgating itself.  The first time I saw this done was John Cusack in The Sure Thing.  Since then, I’ve participated in the age old ritual more times than I wish to remember.
I’ve never been so good at science so really cannot explain the physics behind it.  In order to properly shotgun a beer, you puncture the side of a full beer can, near the bottom.  The shotgunner places his/her mouth over the hole and tilts the can …

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[29 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you are looking to add a couple of new twists to your grilling arsenal, “Dr. BBQ” Ray Lampe has a few suggestions.  Among other things, he suggests tossing those buffalo wings in sauce after grilling them.

His biggest recommendation – focus on dishes that you are comfortable with and don’t try to get too complicated.  Do a couple of sides you know well, like potatoes or corn.  Remember that folks are just there to have a good time and get fed.
It’s a quick 3-minute video with a few nice ideas …

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[29 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
5 Places to Tailgate Before You Die

You’ve probably seen the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die. I thought it would be interesting to see what you all consider the must-visit tailgate experiences to see before you die.  I’ve put together a short list of the five adventures that I hope to complete before I’m done (completed only one of these so far and planning to do another next year).
Kentucky Derby Infield – about 80,000 fans pack the infield every year.  You will probably never even see a race, but you will be part of …

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[28 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]
How to Make Hooter-ific Buffalo Wings

You may not be able to bring the entire Hooters experience to your tailgate party, but you can at least make your own buffalo wings.  This buffalo wings recipe is about as close as you can get to restaurant-style buffalo wings.
Of course, you’ll need to modify things a bit to meet your tailgating needs.  You could either prep and deep fry the wings in advance or simply go naked (my preference anyway).
You’ll find the ingredients are pretty easy to find – butter, Louisiana hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, flour, …

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[21 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]

Thinking about heading to the Rose Bowl to cheer on Ohio State?  Maybe want to do some pre-game warmup in the parking lot?  Better leave that giant tailgating tent at home.  The Rose Bowl doesn’t allow individual tents at the stadium:

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[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

With record snowfall blanketing the Northeast, the NFL has already pushed back a couple of start times in order to give crews more time to clear fields in Philly and Baltimore.  It’ll be a tough day for tailgating.  Just remember – if the Barrel Man in Denver was able to brave the elements in a barrel and boots, you can probably find a way.
Here are a few tips for staying warm in cold weather.  Most of the serious tips will tell you the same thing – layer, layer, layer!