If you’re one of the super-fans who always tailgates at local NFL games, you’re already planning your tailgating menus. But even if you’re a newbie to the NFL RV tailgating world, it’s not too late to get in on the fun. Here’s the game plan for your best year of NFL RV tailgating ever.
Play #1: Choose Your Mobile Kitchen: It all starts with a great RV, doesn’t it? If you’re blessed with a motorhome of your own, jump to play #2! If not, reserve your RV rental now for game day(s). Even if you’re planning to do most of your cooking outside, having the space an RV kitchen offers for food prep and storage will make all the difference in tailgating success.
Play #2: Know Your Stadium: To plan well for game day, you’ll need to know which lots allow tailgating, whether there’s a fee for parking there and how early you can set up your mobile kitchen. Check the website for your favorite NFL teams to get the rulebook on RV tailgating.
Play #3: Plan Your RV Tailgating Menus: Can you believe the food NFL fans manage to serve in a parking lot? We’ve heard of RV tailgating chefs creating appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts that would make a first-rate restaurant proud. From bacon-wrapped-anything to salmon salad hors d’oeuvres, there’s a recipe waiting to be tested by the crowd. Scour your favorite recipe sites and cookbooks for menus that will tempt your football-loving friends.
Bonus Point: Build your fame as a tailgating chef by inventing team-centered names for your creations.
Play #4: Stock Your RV Tailgating Kitchen: Once the menu’s been planned, it’s time to shop for ingredients, plan for food safety and choose your cooking equipment and utensils. Consider travel time and local climate when planning for food safety at the stadium. “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold” is the rule of the day when feeding NFL fans on the pavement.
Will you be grilling, slow cooking, deep frying or setting up a baked potato bar? Walk through your menus ahead of time and make a list of the utensils, equipment, serving dishes and other essentials for serving up your tailgating specialties. This play saves last minute panic in the parking lot and ensures a successful day of tailgating.
Your last play is purchasing the groceries you’ll need to build your tailgating specialties. Don’t forget the seasonings! Bonus Point: When shopping for ingredients, take advantage of local produce, seafood and meats for robust regional flavor on game day.
Tailgating in an RV adds a whole new layer of excitement to NFL football. Know the playbook for your stadium, pick the right RV for the task and plan your menus for maximum fun. You’ll have plenty of room in the motorhome for equipment, food storage and super fan bling. It’s going to be another great tailgating season for US pro football fans!