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Fall is almost here and do you know what that means? College Football season is right around the corner! If you know anything about me, you know just how excited I am. When football season starts, I swear it’s better than Christmas. Some people I know don’t understand my excitement and love for football, I think that’s just because they don’t understand what football means to me. Don’t worry we will get to it. Now even if you don’t like football or simply don’t understand it, that’s okay because there is more to football than football. There’s this thing called tailgating and it is perfect for everyone. Not only is there tailgating but there is grill-gating. Today’s post is all about nailing the perfect football tailgating experience.
My love of football began at a young age. Growing up, my dad would sit with me as baby and watch his favorite teams. Once I started to get older, I would still run to him on Saturday and Sundays so we could cheer on his teams together. I also loved our time together. We grilled out or made snack foods that we could munch on together while cheering on our teams. He taught me the football lingo, how to throw a killer spiral, history of his teams, and so much more.
Now that I’ve grown and moved out of my parents’, we still try to get together for big games or we both prepare snacks, watch the game (which turns into multiple games), and call/text/FaceTime each other so we can still watch the games together. Now that I’m married, it’s important to me to carry on these traditions with my husband and someday our kids. I fully believe that football is not only a sport but it’s a way to spend time with your loved ones.
Tips to nailing the perfect tailgating experience:
Show Your School Spirit // No matter who you are rooting for, showing your school spirit is extremely important. Not only does it let people know who you are cheering on but it’s a great excuse to put on your team’s colors. The best way to show your school’s spirit is by making sure you have lots of clothes that are in your team’s colors and have your team’s logo on it. In addition, think about incorporating tablecloths, plates, cups, silverware, and other miscellaneous decorations in those colors as well.
Prepare Delicious Food // Now that you dressing the part and have your area decorated in your team’s colors, it’s time for the food. While some believe that the football game itself is the best part of the tailgating, others believe that it is the tailgating experience which means the food. In order to make everyone happy, make sure there are lots of delicious food for everyone. Walmart has everything you need to become a grill-gating hero!
My favorite things to prepare for tailgating are things that are hearty, shareable, and easy to eat. I definitely recommend barbecuing some kind of meat such as chicken wings. Chicken wings are great since they can be prepared prior to tailgating in a crockpot and then finished off while you are waiting for the game to begin. The best way to finish off your chicken wings is by bringing your charcoal grill and using Kingsford® Charcoal. I’m also a big fan of quick, bite-sized desserts such as mini S’mores on Ritz® Crackers. These are the perfect sweet and salty experience. I recommend having this be a potluck so that you are not the only preparing food, especially if it is a big group of people tailgating with you. Find these great products and more grill-gating inspiration here.
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Grab Some Ice Cold Dr Pepper // An ice cold Dr Pepper® is a good choice all year round but especially a great choice in achieving the perfect tailgating experience. There’s nothing better than finishing a hearty tailgate dinner than by cooling down with an ice cold Dr Pepper. There’s just something about Dr Pepper that just makes the experience perfect. Maybe it’s their unique taste?
Quick and Easy Clean Up //
Once the game is over and all of the food has been devoured, getting home is on everyone’s minds. Since everyone will be in a hurry to head home, having a quick and easy clean up is important. Glad® Press’n Seal makes clean up quick and easy. Press’n Seal doesn’t get tangled up when you try to rip off a piece and spillage isn’t something that you have to worry about.
Also, check out this site so you can find all these products as well as a great video of Emmitt Smith where he shares grilling tips and recipes. He challenges you to share your grilling photos and experiences. Your photo could end up on the Grillgating website; just use the #grillgatinghero hashtag on Twitter and Instagram
1 Package Frozen Drumettes
1 Can Dr Pepper
Barbecue Sauce of Your Choice
Allow your bag of drumettes to thaw completely. Once the drummettes are thawed, place in a separate bag or large bowl with 1 can of Dr Pepper. Seal and let sit over night. Once you arrive at your tailgating location, start your charcoal grill with your Kingsford charcoal. Place your wings on the grill until done. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the wings are at the appropriate temperature (internal temp 165 degrees). After the chicken has cooked completely, top with your favorite barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
Cook marshmallows over the charcoal grill until brown. Once the marshmallows are softened, place on Ritz Cracker with a piece of chocolate bar. Then top with another Ritz Cracker. Enjoy this sweet and salty treat.
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