20-Plus Ways to Tailgate Like a Pro

By Nicole Finkbiner
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DON’T break the seal—or at least hold it in as long as you can. No matter how many Porta-Potties scattered around the lot, all come with a seemingly perpetual line. Oh, and they’re all absolutely disgusting.

DON’T wear a Mets jersey, especially if you have a Pennsylvania license plate. The fact that you’re a traitor is only going to make it worse.

DO clean up after yourself. Even if your space wasn’t all that clean to begin with.

Food & Drink

In short, anything you’d serve at a picnic is ideal fare for a tailgate—hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels, wings, chips and dip, potato salad, hoagies, nachos, ect. Considering all the stellar food options inside the stadium, you really don’t need to prepare a feast. Depending on the size of your squad and the duration of your tailgating adventure, generally three homemade or prepared dishes with a few lighter snacks are sufficient. Here are a few recipes that put a unique spin on some basic tailgating staples.

Pop Fly Popcorn (serves 10-12)


10 to 12 cups popped popcorn

1 cup pecan halves

1 cup slivered almonds

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and nuts; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove from the heat; add vanilla, cream of tartar and baking soda. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; stir to coat. Immediately spread onto two greased baking sheets; let dry for about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container. (Courtesy of tasteofhome.com)

Sloppy Dogs (serves 8)

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1. popeye said... on Jan 19, 2014 at 05:10PM

“im looking at coming down from Canada to tailgate in the parking lot with my large 5th wheel.i plan to stay overnight,i cant imagine partying in the lot then having everyone pack up and leave with a designated driver.im kinda new at this,but ide like to stay in the lot overnight and leave the next day,is this possible,and is there places to view the game in the lot,im sure everyone just doesn't leave the lot and go to the game,thanks.”


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