How To Save Time For Your Tailgating Event

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Best Tips For Playoff Tailgating
It’s Playoff Time Again

How to save time for your tailgating event comes up every year, but you often forget to start planning early. This should be of some help to you.

Now that the football playoffs are here, you will want to up your GAME. You want to take your tailgating to the next level but, are unsure how. I will try to give you some tips to help you become a hero for those who partakes in your grilling expertise.

Hopefully, this will save time for your tailgating event and allow you more time to enjoy friends, family, and those who stopped by to compare recipes.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the purpose of tailgating?

Tailgating is a social gathering, with food and drinks, served in a parking lot. There is a large amount of food that is grilled.

Your Flavor Profile Will Tell on You

The taste of pulled pork may be your preference, but if this is for tailgating. Hot dogs and hamburgers may be a favorite when tailgating, but do you want to step up your game? How often are grilled vegetables requested by those who do not eat meat regularly, but will love grilled vegetables when available? Do you prefer fish, pulled pork, brisket, or shrimp tacos? 

How often are you asked how you grill bratwurst? There are so many different items to grill for playoff games you will need to decide on what to grill ahead of time.

After arriving at the stadium, the smell of grilled food is almost overwhelming. The flavor of the meat, the texture of the bread, and the excitement in the air cause you to feel a sense of euphoria like you have never felt before.

Make A List Of What To Chill For Transporting

One thing, I have learned over the years is to MAKE A LIST! Make a list, stick to it, and check it twice. Often, you will find that you have forgotten something needed for a good tailgating experience. Some of these will include:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Meat
  3. Propane
  4. Charcoal
  5. Grill
  6. Napkins
  7. Cutlery
  8. Drinks
  9. Tablecloth
  10. Canopy
  11. Trash bags
  12. Collapsible Table(folds in half).

As you pack your vehicle, check each item off your list in a deliberate manner. Take your time checking your list to avoid mistakes, leaving a needed item for tailgating.

Separate Containers For Food To Be Grilled

 How to Save Time for Your Tailgating Event
Savory Spices for Great Taste

For easy transportation of your food, put them in separate containers for easy storage. If you are marinating meat, place it in a separate container, to avoid contaminating your other food.

When grilling vegetables, apply your rub ahead of time and if you want a particular flavor. This allows the vegetables to absorb the flavor of the rub, before putting them on the grill. To help lock in the flavor of your vegetables apply the olive oil ahead of time, this also helps prevent your vegetables from sticking on the grill. The result is a richer, deeper, and heartier flavor.

To help prevent spillage of my spices, I use a portable spice rack that can lock the bottles in place. Depending upon what I am grilling, these are some favorite spices in my carrier: salt, pepper, cumin, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, ginger, and mustard.

Your secret stash of spices, helps you create fantastic flavor. You have your secret recipe, that others want, helping you become a grill master.

How To Save Time Upon Arrival At the Stadium

Arriving at the stadium, you will already be directed to where you get your pass for tailgating. After you have your pass, proceed to the area that has been set aside for tailgating, and the work of unloading begins. Your efforts at organizing have paid off, it’s time to grill.

If you thought to load your canopy last, this will be great for you. You can just pop it up in no time flat. It’s time to unload your chairs, table, coolers, and grill(if you are using a portable grill.

You want it when?

When tailgating, you want something quick and easy to grill. Having your food sorted, separated, and ready to grill, allows you to begin grilling as soon as your grill is hot enough.

Some items may take a while to cook, but have some smaller things to grill that only take a couple of minutes.  

Breakfast burritos are great for a quick start to your grilling. They only take a couple of minutes to prepare, but great right off the grill with the tortilla still warm from the grill.

Grill some diced peppers, onions, and hash brown potatoes together before I put them in a cast iron skillet or on a griddle. Great way to start the day and be able to concentrate on the really good meal before going in to watch the game.

How To Save Time When You Fire it Up For Flavor 

Now that you have done your unpacking and have eaten a quick snack, you can concentrate on your grilling. Remember all those containers with everything laid out for storage, now is the time to get the grill hot and start grilling. 

Whatever you have that is going to take the longest get it onto the grill once it reaches the right temperature. Propane grills will reach the desired temperature quickly.

Charcoal grills(if allowed) take a bit longer to heat up and cool down, but still are great to use.

Some people like to have some of their favorite items such as pulled pork, pre-cooked and ready to be warmed up. You may want to grill hot dogs, hamburgers, or vegetables at this time. 

You can grill a great deal of food, with the proper organization. Having everything separated allows you to socialize more, but more importantly, allows you to grill more quickly.

What Taste Do You Prefer

As you learn about spices, you can create succulent dishes. Sweet and sour work well together. Sweet and savory can work well together.

You get the idea, some experimenting has to be done to find which spices you and your family(or friends) like together. The taste that keeps them coming back for more.

You have brought some spices with you in your spice rack. This allows you to properly season your meal.

You made your decision about your flavor ahead of time and now others how well and which spices work together for fantastic flavor.

How To Save Time With Your Marinade

Marinate your foods ahead of time, you will be grateful for having your marinade going ahead of time. As your food absorbs the flavors, once the heat is right, your food goes on the grill.

Since vegetables only need an hour before grilling, wait until you are at the stadium before marinating your vegetables. You will have better flavor from your vegetables.

Meat takes longer for the marinade to penetrate deeply into the tissue for the best flavor. I would recommend that you place the meat in the marinade the night before for the best results except for seafood(especially shrimp).

What Types of Beverages Are Allowed

Different beverages are allowed, but you must be certain that if there is alcohol involved that it stays out of the hands of minors. You can have a variety of drinks, but make sure that there is water and drinks for the kiddos, this helps you stay in good standing with any law officers that may be patrolling. 

If you know someone who has drunk too much, try to switch them to something else so everyone can enjoy the tailgate. There is nothing worse or more embarrassing than to have to be asked to leave because someone had too much to drink.

You will need to keep some drinks available that are non-alcoholic and do not have sugar. The reason for this is quite simple. You do not want to become dehydrated from lack of proper hydration. Alcohol causes you to urinate more often leading to the possibility of dehydration. 

Sugary drinks tend to make you even thirstier than other drinks, even fruit juices. Also, you don’t want children to have a sugar rush and then a sugar crash, they will either be cranky or go to sleep and miss the fun.

Now the Hard Part

This is what most people call the hard part. Cleanup after the game is over. This does not have to be difficult.

I have taken a clothes hanger and used it to keep a trash bag open while attaching it to the frame of my canopy. Just throw it away when cleanup is done.

Another thing you can do is use a collapsible clothes hamper, put the trash bag in it and change it out whenever necessary. This saves a great deal of time and frustration. Some stadiums are beginning to try to recycle so pay attention to their policies.

How To Save Time Parting Ways

I hope I have given you some tips and ideas on how you can have a GREAT  tailgating. This list of tips is not all-inclusive. You may have a system that works great for you. Having a method of planning and putting in place various techniques you can spend less time grilling and more time with family and friends.

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20 thoughts on “How To Save Time For Your Tailgating Event”

  1. In my hometown in Denver, before Broncos plays, the atmosphere outside the stadium is always in full swing. Entire families come to take a place to park, tailgating and have time to prepare everything, eat, spend some time with the family and even bring instruments to entertain. And of course, enter the stadium to see the Broncos win! By reading your suggestions I even learned a couple of things we will implement in our next tailgating.

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    • Abel,

      It sounds as if you may have done some tailgating yourself. It is a wonderful time for all. Not only do families participate but at times they form a caravan of 4 or 5 vehicles and just dominate the area. These are mostly fans from the home team. You can spot them from all the swag they have on or attached to their canopies.

      Some fans that don’t bring their own instruments will have a satellite hookup for either pregame broadcast or from SIRIUSXM. This way they can keep up with both and have a great atmosphere for everyone who is tailgating.

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  2. What is tailgating? According to your article, it is something that you might want to do with your friends but could you please explain it further. I will be sure to share this article with my friends. I am sure that it will be of interest to them so thank you for this. 

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    • Aubin, 

      I am not sure what part of the world you live in but in the United States, before college and professional football games in the parking area there are places setup for fans to grill food. Sometimes they share, some sell it and others stay to themselves. 

      You will know when you get to the stadium because you can smell the food cooking(grilling). It is almost unheard of for the to not be any tailgating going on. If you are going to an event check and see if they allow grilling, if so get some friends together along with a grill for some tailgating fun. You will be amazed at how excited people are to participate in an event like this. You can grill an amazing amount of food in just a little time.

      Jerry

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  3. We will be tailgating at the house LOL.  But you have so many good ideas for the party.  Things I would not have though of.  I’m hoping it’s going to be the Tampa Bay Bucs in the super bowl or possibly the Dallas Cowboys (I know a long shot).  I will settle for either one to make it a great party!

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    • Tailgating at home can be one of the best places to grill. You have everything right there at your fingertips and have the opportunity to have someone get that item that was missed.

      Whoever your favorite team is, you can have a great experience since you can share the expense with others in order for everyone to have a great time. You also have the option of limiting the alcohol intake so everyone makes it home safely. May you team of choice be victorious.

      Jerry

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  4. Hello Jerry,

    Tailgating is a popular pastime for many people. It is a great way to have fun with friends and family while also enjoying the game. Tailgating can be a lot of work, but there are many ways to make it easier.

    Planning for a tailgating event can be hectic. You need to get your food, drinks, and other supplies. You need to find a parking spot close enough to the stadium. And you need to find the perfect outfit for the occasion. Now, imagine doing all of that without having to deal with traffic or crowds or any of the other hassles that come with hosting an event that’s popular with thousands of people!

    The solution is simple and I use this option: use an online tailgating event planner to save time and make my next tailgating experience easier than ever before.

    Guess what? Tailgate America is one such company that offers this service – they’ll help anyone plan everything from the menu and drink options down to what games will be played onsite so you can enjoy your time. In this way, you will save ALL TIME for YOU. lol

    Take your tailgating event to next level, Jerry

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    • I agree that tailgating can be a great deal of fun. Some people have a budget they operate on and try to stay within that budget. When shopping for a tailgating event, you have control over the quality of the food that is to be prepared. Most people who grill want that control in order to have the best event possible. 

      There is nothing wrong with hiring someone to do all the setup for you, IF YOU CAN AFFORD THE PRICE. One of the limits to a company like Tailgate America is they do not always have the quality of food that you are wanting to grill. They may have quality but it does not meet your particular criteria.

      Tailgating is an event where you can meet new friends, see old friends and exchange recipes to find that next great flavor for your family.

      Jerry

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  5. Well, thanks for sharing this very interesting and intruiging article. I have to say that this has never relly been a Topic of great interest to me muchbefore, but still an interesting read all the same. In the UK Football is what you guys would callSoccer. But im not really a team games sporty person. but i gues you could apply these things to any foorm of physical execise huh

    Thanks

    Karalyne

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    • To me any sporting event that allows grilling and sharing with other fans is always a big hit. I don’t know if football in the U.K. allows tailgating before games but it would certainly have the fans ready for the event. There is nothing better than to share your recipes with another fan to encourage more and better participation from all. 

      Tailgating(grilling) is one social experience that compares to no other. Most fans like to participate in a manner that brings out the best in the other fans. There will always be some fans that are more interested in the alcohol consumption more than the grilling. That is a loss for all to have a great experience.

      Jerry

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  6. Hello Jerry,

    Your article reminds me way back in my life like 20 years. Before we wanted to go to the stadium, my father grilled a Persian style of meat we called Kebab and the taste of that is still by me after 10 years leaving my country to Germany.

    Gathering around the barbeque and laughing together is one the best memories I have from the grills moments, especially before my best club match. 

    It was a pleasure to read your article and I really enjoyed the way you explained step by step, especially the sweet and sour taste part 🙂

    As a tip, please take care of your blog header to make a more eye-catching blog.

    Sincerely,
    Farzad

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    • You can still grill at home and if allowed at the stadium. You may have to find your father’s recipe for kebabs. Kebabs are one of the most grilled items for most grillers. You can have meat, vegetables, shrimp and so many other things that grill easily.

      You can still have that great time with family and friends around the grill, in the house or in the courtyard of where you live.

      Thanks for the tip about my logo, I will work on it.

      Jerry

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  7. You sure are serious about grilling! I remember once in the army a friend and I got put on a job and had to grill for a giant event. We were both on the phones with our dads trying to figure out what the heck to do! Once we got the basics down it was pretty fun though. I like your idea of making a list, lists always help, your other ideas are very practical too. You really explained everything in this article I would ever need to know about doing a tailgate event, I better bookmark this page to refer back too.  I can tell you are a true grill-master!

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I do enjoy grilling. I feel it is the most natural way of cooking. You can cook just more on the grill. People have found several different ways to grill. You can use different types of cast iron for making stews and soups with to even making biscuits and cornbread. In India that have developed a type of wood burning oven for making naan bread. In Italy they use brick lined ovens that are wood fired for pizza. There are so many was of grilling the world over that it will take me time to learn them all.

      I am sure that your dads gave you some great advice on what to do and you learned from them.

      Jerry

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  8. Hanging the trash bags with clothes hangers is such a great idea! I haven’t thought of that one, but will definitely steal it when we camp out. Heck, I can use that one at home sometimes too. Your breakfast burritos sound delicious with the warm tortillas. Happy tailgating my friend! Thanks for sharing your secrets.

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    • Theresa, 

      I found out from not having a receptacle that by using a trash bag kept open with a wire hanger attached to my canopy worked great. My wife had her reservations about using the hanger because she thought it would tear the trash bag and was surprised at how well it worked. You can also use a collapsible  clothes hamper works well in place of a trash can. 

      I must confess that making breakfast burritos is a weakness of mine. It puts some protein in me to get the rest of the day sorted. There is nothing pleasant about being hungry while you are trying to get everything set up for tailgating. This way you have something quick to eat that if done right doesn’t make a mess and off you go to having a great event.

      Jerry

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  9. I’ve never gone tailgating but always wanted to. They always look like so much fun. I love bbq but I never thought it took so much planning and getting ready ahead of time for a tailgate party. I love your ideas about always making a list to make sure you don’t forget something. 

    Another great idea you have that I love is how you say to experiment with spices, I think that’s a great tip. You sound like you’re an expert bbq’er and tailgater.

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    • Virginia,

      Tailgating is a wonderful social event. At most tailgates before football games, grillers love to share what the ‘special’ of the day is. In other words they like second opinions about their mastery of grilling. You can make new friends and learn different methods of grilling as well as new recipes.

      Jerry

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  10. I like all the foods you have mentioned in your article, and they are even nicer when they come from a BBQ. I especially like bratwurst because I was born in Germany. 

    I also have to make a list every time I go shopping otherwise I came home and forget the very thing I went to the shop for, annoying.  

    I think that tailgating is essentially when going to a football game you can spend a whole day in good company and it makes the game an event to remember.

    I learned a lot from your article and it all makes sense to be organised.

    Elke

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    • Brats on the grill are wonderful. I enjoy them as much as I can, I put sauerkraut on mine with spicy mustard for the best flavor. Tailgating can be enjoyed year round. Some people just do it during football season, I feel they are missing out. You can do it for any sporting event as long as the stadium allows it.

      I have found over the years that having a list reminds me what I need. It helps me cut down on what I don’t need and helps me focus on what the event is supposed to be about. It saves me money in the long run.

      Jerry

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