Tailgate Level: Pro
We’ve learned a thing or two about how to throw a professional tailgate party at Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your pre-game ritual, we’re here to teach you what you need to know with 3 simple rules.
Rule #1: Excite the Crowd
Part of your job as tailgating host is to get your team’s fans in the right mindset for the action. This can mean bringing music, games and drinks to get the party started, but the most important part is, of course, the food.
You’ll want to serve something that’s easy to make, will keep everyone’s energy up even in the cold, and won’t settle like a brick in your stomach. This brings us to Rule #2.
Rule #2: Food in Hand
Remember, you’re not organizing a mobile 5 course meal here. The food just needs to be hot, quick, and delicious – forget the fancy fixin’s so everyone can focus on the game. Handheld and finger foods, wraps, burgers and simple sides are going to be your staples for quality fan fodder before the main event. Here are some simple game time recipes that will really take your tailgate to the next level.
An absolute essential for game time fare, bratwursts and sauerkraut come off the grill perfectly plumped and ready to eat. Opt for a better brat with unique Wild Game blends or try a collection of authentic German Fest sausages paired with smoked applewood bacon kraut!
Burgers & Sliders
Probably the oldest tradition in tailgating history involves grilling the perfect game time burger. The very best burgers are handmade, juicy patties prepared the night before the big game – doing so helps the flavors mesh together and takes the work out of Sunday morning. If you’re looking to put a new spin on the classic patty, try your hand at a pork and beef blend, or better still, grill up bite sized Wild Game Steak Sliders. With a bit of blue cheese or aged Wisconsin Cheddar, you’ll have a quick meal that will bring out the animal in everyone.
Another great addition to your menu on game day, skewers provide a simple way to feed your crowd without much hassle. You can get creative with your ingredients here to really get into the game; if your team is playing the Bills, add chunks of buffalo steak to your sticks! Prep your skewers before the game so all you have to do is light up the grill and roast up some flavor. If you’re planning to use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in salt water before putting them on the grill so they don’t burn through.
Rule #3: Bring it all Together
Now that you have the essentials, consider what else might help bring it all together. Chicken & wings are a great alternative to red meat if you have any particular eaters, and a simple electric deep fryer can handle most of your heavy lifting – even appetizers like mozzarella sticks, cheese curds and jalapeno poppers!
Still need more ideas? Stop by Figis.com and take a look through our unique gifts for men for more great game day treats, or build a gift basket for your favorite fan that’s packed with snacks for the next home game. Even if your team loses, we’ll make sure the tailgate will be one to remember!