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Love will be tailgating on ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday, but he's dropped by to offer a little pregame party strategy just in time for tomorrow's kickoff.
Hut, hut, bite!
Five Tips to Make Your Tailgate a Touchdown: Tim Love
If you’re a professional tailgater, you tailgate before and after the game, so you bring burgers and steaks for before kickoff. At the same time, you set up your whole animal (lamb, goat, pig) in a smoker (personally, I put it in the 'Love Box,' which is kind of a like a souped-up version of a La Caja China) so that it will be roasted by the end of the game.
Stuff the animal with chopped carrots, celery, onions and jalapeños all mixed with chili rub, and you got yourself a nice post-game treat whether your team wins or loses. This is particularly good for the guy that showed up to your tailgate with no ticket - gives him something to do while you go watch the game.
Fish and seafood are generally a bad idea at a tailgate because it’s so hard to keep it cold and fresh, particularly early in the season. One thing though - fish fries are great, especially in the middle of November.
But early on in the season, avoid the seafood because it’s one thing to get sick from drinking too much; it’s a whole other thing to get sick from spoiled seafood.”
2. Don't ignore the sidelines
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3. Pep up your prep
Also, make sure you don’t plan on just serving off of your tailgate or out of your trunk. The secret to a good tailgate (other than great food) is great hospitality. A few folding tables and chairs makes a big difference.”
4. Make sure you have plenty of booze that you like, and someone you like even more to drive you home
That said, always make sure you have enough ice, and don’t forget the bottle opener.”
5. Score at storage
As far as storage is concerned, get yourself a Yeti cooler – it keeps things colder than the North Pole.”
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