Grills and Smokers: Your Tailgate's MVPs
Summer is winding down and tailgating season is almost here, which means there’s still plenty of time for grilling and smoking your favorite food before the snowflakes start falling. When it comes to outdoor cooking at a tailgate, you want dishes that are easy to prepare and even easier to clean up!
Smoked foods like pulled pork, wings, and ribs are some of my favorite tailgate dishes! There’s typically minimal prep work required; all you have to do is fire up the smoker early. You just want to make sure that you have enough time to smoke it and really let the meat get super tender.I always recommend the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. It does all of the hard work for you and delivers the smokiest, most delicious food you can imagine. All you have to do is serve up the food and take all of the compliments!
There are a variety of portable grills out there that you can use for your tailgate. Some are gas, some are electric, and some are charcoal. It’s all a matter of preference and the resources you want to use. Just make sure that you find a grill that’s the right size for your average tailgate. The smaller the grill, the more time you’ll spend huddled around it cooking two burgers at a time for your crew of 10 friends. Sometimes bigger is better, and in this case I wholeheartedly agree. I use a charcoal grill at tailgates since they’re cheaper and easy to clean up and take apart at the end of the day.
If you’ve got the time and the space to set up a full-fledged tailgate BBQ, it’s always a good idea to chill under a tailgate tent. Not only to they offer some shade on the sunniest of days, a quality tailgate tent that stands out makes it easy for your friends and family to find your spot in a crowded parking lot!
Check out our National Kickoff Day page for everything you need to get your home (and tailgate) ready for a great season of football! Cheers!