Tailgating Essentials

Tailgating Essentials - everything you need for the ULTIMATE tailgate party! What to bring to the parking lot and the BEST tailgate recipes on the internet!

College Football starts next week. I am SO excited! It is my favorite time of year!!
As much as I enjoy watching the games, my favorite part of football is the tailgating food.
I am the “Tailgating Queen”. I love to make and plan our tailgates every week.

Tailgating Essentials - everything you need for the ULTIMATE tailgate party! What to bring to the parking lot and the BEST tailgate recipes on the internet!

Today I am going to share our ultimate list of tailgating essentials!
It comes from many years of tailgating at college and NFL games.

Table Cloth
I love the collegiate patterns from ShopGoChic.com (shown above)
They have lots of school colors to choose from.
If you don’t want to spend a lot – this generic football field table cloth is perfect!

Plastic Cups – 9oz (wine) and 16oz (beer & soda)

I get a lot of questions about how do I keep foods warm for the tailgate. 
I love this Pyrex Portable 4-Piece Set. It works great!
Microwave the hot/cold pack and it will keep your food warm for hours!
We occasionally grill in the parking lot before a night game. 
How to use a charcoal starter in the parking lot for tailgating.
We usually grill burgers and hot dogs.
This is our favorite burger recipe: 
We also always use a charcoal starter for the grill.
We used Match Light charcoal once, and we were all burning up lighter fluid during the game.
We never made that mistake again!
Check out our post on how to use the charcoal starter. There is a video too!

Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill - perfect for tailgating!

We use the Weber 10020 Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill
grill for the parking lot.
It works great!!
Those are all of our tailgating essentials. 
Now it’s time to move on to the start of the party – the food!!
Here are our favorite tailgating recipes:
Crack Dip - Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip - HIGHLY addictive! We take this to every tailgate and there is never any left. Double the recipe, it goes fast!
This is the dip that basically started the blog way back in 2007. 
It is SO good! HIGHLY addictive!
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls - this recipe will change the way you make sausage ball forever! Seriously THE BEST sausage balls EVER!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
SO good! You can make these ahead of time and freeze them for later.

baked bacon and brown sugar crackers - SO good! These are always gone in a flash!

Bacon & Brown Sugar Crackers

Sausage Biscuit Bites - only 3 ingredients! AMAZING!!! Great for breakfast or tailgating. There are never any left!

Mississippi Sin Dip - crazy good! Always gone in a flash!

Mississippi Sin Dip

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels - tastes like a Butterfinger!

Make sure to stop by the blog every Friday from now until the Super Bowl.
There will be a new tailgating recipe every Friday!

Also, follow our Tailgating Pinterest Board for tons of great recipes!

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