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World Famous BBQ Tailgating Tips from Celebrity Chef Ted Reader


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Everyone knows that Canadians and Americans enjoy a good tailgate party. Those living north of the border for example, are likely to make the trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo to enjoy some pre-game action, coupled with good food and a few drinks.

“Tailgating creates the entire game day experience,” said Chef Ted Reader. “It’s all about grilling sausages, burgers and hot dogs on the BBQ, having some drinks with friends and maybe tossing a ball around. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned tailgater or a first timer; the key is having fun, eating something delicious and enjoying the game.”

To help you make the most out of your pre-game experience, celebrity chef and cookbook author Ted Reader offers up some BBQ tailgating tips:

Tailgating prep:

• Plan your menu in advance. Shop a day or two before the game and keep your menu relatively easy.

• Prepare food in disposable self-sealing storage bags and easy to clean reusable containers.

• On cold days, nothing warms you up better than a hearty bowl of chili or a pot of stew. Prepare ahead and keep it hot in a thermos’.

• Create a list of items you will need, such as grill, fuel, chairs, BBQ tools, coolers, beverages, disposable plates, napkins, cutlery and glasses. Pack it and check it off the night before so you are ready to hit the road early. Don't forget garbage bags, a first aid kit, water and extra clothing for those cold days (gloves, hats, blankets, coats or sweaters).

• Arrive a few hours early at the stadium to locate a good parking spot with plenty of room for you to party.


• Never leave your grill unattended and if you are not the designated griller, never touch another tailgater’s grill unless invited to.

• If cooking with charcoal, make sure you have a way to dispose of it properly.

• Timing is important, so make your menu easy to execute so that no one misses the opening kickoff.

• Ludicrous Burgers, Planked Twinkies, Beer Marinated Steak Sandwiches, Drumstick Lollipops, and BBQ Pulled Pork all make for great tailgate menu options.

• Chill your drinks quickly and keep them cold by combining water, ice and a bit of kosher salt in a cooler.

• Clean up your area when finished.

Happy Tailgating!

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