Posted by: Eating The Road | November 8, 2009




Football season is in full swing and the excitement is building for both college and the NFL. Aside from the games themselves, what can be more exciting than the cooking and grilling that takes place in the parking lots prior to the match? I’ve actually been to many games were the tailgate party was better than the game.

If you want to know the best places and games to bring your cooler and grill to, CNN has an article today about the Commissioner of Tailgating himself Joe Cahn. Cahn, a Louisiana native is the founder of and offers tips and advice on where to go to have the best time and what to bring to make your tailgating the envy of pigskin fans (both kinds) across the nation.

His favorite college tailgate school: Ole Miss
Best tailgate food: Louisiana State (they’ve got alligator)
Other notables: Penn State, Army-Navy game, Georgia-Florida game & the University of Washington

Some tips:

  • Bring a fire extinguisher
  • Bring water to extinguish coals
  • Be organized and prepare as much at home as possible
  • Arrive 3 to 4 hours early
  • Find a good parking spot
  • Fly a flag so friends can find you
  • Food should be ready an hour before the game
  • Clean up your mess

Things not to forget:

  • Extra ice
  • Toilet paper
  • Jumper cables
  • Trash bags
  • First Aid kit
  • Antacids

He’s even got a nice cheat sheet checklist so you remember everything. So to all you football and food fans, have a great meal and game. What will you be cooking?


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