Ask an Overweight Dude Series: Top 5 Foods for Tailgating on a Road Trip
So you’re 105lbs dripping wet. You eat just enough to stay alive, and you want the small amount of food that you do eat to be good. The problem is with eating so little you don’t eat enough to be able to compare the tastes of different foods. So you think to yourself “If only there was some person that ate a lot of food that could give me advice on what to eat.” Well Slim today is your lucky day. I personally consume enough calories in one meal to feed an African village for a week. So without further delay here are my top 5 tailgating foods:
Hotdogs are easy to prepare, and affordable to all poor college kids. You can go barebones with just the wieners and buns, but if you want your tailgate to be party central you should provide condiments. Ketchup and mustard are a must, and if you want to go the extra mile provide some hotdog chili. If you aren’t a poor college kid you might even consider getting brats or whatever sausage strikes your fancy.
4. Chips and Dip
Sure you can buy your favorite flavored chip and still have a good tailgating experience, but this article is about making the back of your truck party central. To do things right you’re going to want dip. The type is a matter of personal taste, but try and choose something everyone can enjoy, avoid strong tasting dips and excessively spicy salsa. If you must have these kinds of dip, be sure you provide milder options for others. You can get good dip off the shelf, but most grocery stores make higher quality dip in their delis. In addition, if you have the time and skill homemade dip will wow tailgaters.
Sometimes the simple things are the best. Just like hotdogs all you really need is the meat and the buns. But we’re going all out here so you re going to want to also provide cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. I don’t know how many people I have seen tailgating that cook burgers and don’t provide cheese. Fat boys everywhere will appreciate you if you just remember the cheese.
2. Buffalo Wings
These are going to cost you a lot more time and money than anything listed above. However, nothing goes with sports and partying quite as well as buffalo wings. If you wish to go the homemade route buffalo saw and uncooked wings are readily available at most grocery stores. If you aren’t much of a cook most restaurants that serve wings will give discounts on large orders, and you do want a large order when it comes to wings they go fast. This is another item that you want to be sure to provide a mild alternative for if you go the spicy route.
Ha ha just kidding, the number 1 tailgating food is chili. You’re going to have to do some real cooking for this one. Don’t just heat up a few cans in the microwave, that might be fine for my afternoon snack, but we’re looking to make your truck the party truck. Good Chili will have everyone crowding around your tailgate on a cold day, but it is always a good choice regardless of weather. Again go the extra mile here and provide all the fixings. Cheese, sour cream, onions, hot sauce, crackers, and tortilla chips will add an extra dimension of greatness to this tailgate food. Be careful not to make your chili to spicy as you’ll want everybody to enjoy it. You aren’t going to want to make multiple pots more than likely so a good compromise is to make the chili a little on the mild side and provide hot sauce on the side.
There you go the five foods that in the opinion of this very experienced eater that will make you ruler of the tailgate field.
By Nick Oatts