The Ultimate Tailgater

Originally published by Gameday.Style in football season 2011. External links and products featured may not still be available. 

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.

Available at

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  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."  

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

 Buy The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook to prevent your any tailgating mishaps and keep the fun and ease in your tailgate party.  


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