Skip to main content

The Ultimate Tailgater

There's a handbook out there to help you make your tailgate the ultimate parking lot party.  It's called the Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook, edited by Stephen Linn, a University of Missouri alumnus who is currently a programming and marketing director for CMT.


Available at Amazon.com


You really won't forget a thing for your tailgate with this comprehensive guide.  It covers packing lists, tailgating etiquette, recipes, tailgate themes and even specifics related to certain stadiums.  Sometimes we think tailgating is only for football, but The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook includes tips on tailgating for NASCAR races as well. 

Here is a fantastic, simple recipe Gameday Style made from

Beer Cheese Spread

3 ounces cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 cup beer

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until very smooth.  Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and red pepper, beating well to combine completely.  Gradually add the beer and beat until well blended.  

Chill for one hour before serving.

Makes 1 cup (Gameday Style triples this recipe and serves with Club crackers)

 Stephen Linn, The Ultimate Tailgater, has also created a series of conference specific tailgating guidebooks to assist you in mastering the fine art of tailgating.





The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook calls itself "the most comprehensive guide to tailgating ever created."  You'll believe it when you study the handbook's packing checklist. Actually, I'm pretty sure you could survive for an entire week away from your home with these lists. 

For your vehicle
car door deicer, car flags, first-aid kit, fix-a-flat, flare, jumper cables, rags, water, check fluids before leaving for the game

To have for pregame
antacid, ash container, aspirin, binoculars, blanket, camera, decorations, extension cords, face paint, food, football/frisbee, gum, insulated drink holders, lighter/matches, moist towelettes, paper towels, rain/snow/sun gear, radio, seat cushions, toilet paper, towels, TV with AC adapter, umbrella, visine, water

Cooking and serving tools
aluminum foil, basting brush, bottle opener, bowls/cups/plates, chairs, coolers, corkscrew, garbage bags, grill/charcoal/fire-start fluid, ice, ketchup, kitchen knives, latex gloves, mustard, napkins, other condiments, pots/pans, paperweights (to keep those napkins from blowing away), serving spoons/forks, spatula/tongs, salt and pepper, tables for serving/eating/food prep, utensils

Before heading into the game, don't forget...
charcoal extinguished and away from vehicles and flammables, clean up, keys with you, lock your car, note your parking space location, turn off car, your tickets

Many of the list items made me smile thinking of all the funny (after the fact) tailgating mishaps that have created the need for this all-inclusive list.  Gameday Style has firsthand knowledge about the need for jumper cables...multiple times in one season!  Buy The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook to prevent your own mishaps and keep the fun and ease in your tailgate party.  


Popular posts from this blog

Plain Chicken Every Football Friday

Steph from the blog,  Plain Chicken , happens to have some phenomenal looking recipes and happens to be a football fan.  A GREAT football fan.  I know this because she wrote this: As Andy Williams says, “It's the most wonderful time of the year!” No, I'm not talking about Christmas. I'm talking about College Football season!!! It is finally here! I sense some major excitement in her voice about football season.  Not to mention her weekly menu list simply says "Tailgating" for Saturday's dinner.   Plain Chicken  was featured just yesterday on the engaging  New York Times' college football blog, The Quad ,  with Steph's recipe for these divine looking  Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls . Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls 1 unsliced loaf of sourdough bread (preferably round) 8 to 12 ounces Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced 3-ounce bag Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix Using a sharp bread knife, cut the loa

Team Theme Subway Art

You've seen the team-themed subway art, now make your very own... customized for your own team.   Husker fan, Sara, and Mom Endeavors writer tells you how right here... http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/10/diy-team-spirit-subway-art-huskers-printable-college-football-link-party.html

The Old Try

The regular season is over and it's time to start thinking about the season (aka bowl season).  Don't forget to check out past Gameday Style posts for more great gift ideas. First up, is The Old Try .  I purchased this print a few months ago for my home that's trying hard to raise two gentlemen... The Old Try has some Gameday Style in a subtle, fun and classy way.  Subtle, because you may not know what some of these designs are referring to, unless you're a devoted fan of one of these Southern schools.  Take a look at