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Dear Up in Smoke Subscriber,
Football fanatics across the country are in their “happy place” now that college ball is underway and the NFL season has officially started. And you know what that means: Stadium parking lots shrouded in low-hanging clouds, probably visible by satellite, of intoxicatingly fragrant smoke generated by the fiercest competitors on the planet—tailgaters. More than 20 million of them, according to the American Tailgaters Association. Time to gird thy loins for battle! Because the real contest is on the asphalt, not the Astroturf…
Tailgating, a distinctly American tradition, has come a long way since November 6, 1869, when fans lowered the buckboards of their horse-drawn wagons to serve picnic lunches from hampers at the first intercollegiate football game, Princeton vs. Rutgers, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For those keeping score, Rutgers won, 6 – 4.
But you don’t have to be a legacy title-holder to Parking Space A-10 to enjoy the competitive bonhomie that tailgating fosters. The scarcity of parking spots has created a new subculture of tailgaters—people who unapologetically entertain like-minded sports enthusiasts at home, where the best seats, high-def screens, and access to instant replays are.
Regardless of where you host your tailgating party, the food must impress. Gone are the days when burgers and dogs made the cut. To bring your “A” game to this contest, practice what I like to call GPT, “Gold Plate Tailgating.” No, this doesn’t necessarily mean bringing your best table linens or a margarita machine powered by a car battery to the stadium. You can if you want to: Hey, candelabras look cool at night games.
Here’s a glimpse of my playbook:
Click here for 5 more tailgating tips to help you warm up for the game on a full stomach!
Yours in righteous grilling,
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