Football season will be here soon and we’re thinking about tailgating! You may have been tailgating at concerts, NASCAR races or other events this summer! There’s no better way to tailgate than with an RV! Turn on the TV or stereo, roll out your awning, set up patio chairs, your grill, a table and chairs, perhaps some patio lights and you’re all set! “At it’s core, tailgating is all about entertainment, replete with the simple pleasures of food, family and fun”, according to Doug Ward on ESPN Sports Travel.
Football tailgating rituals and traditions differ from team to team and from school to school. One school with a huge cadre of RV tailgaters is Alabama. They are such enthusiastic supporters of their team that they travel to every game whether at home or away. “For Alabama home games in Tuscaloosa, the pregame party in the recreational vehicle parking lot is so spirited that an estimated 20,000 RVers don’t even bother entering the stadium. Instead, the party goes on in the lot right through the game,” says Ward.
Most tailgaters do watch the game, but the practice of tailgating at football games and not entering the stadium is becoming more popular.
Wherever you tailgate, it’s important to check the venue’s rules regarding RVs and tailgating before you arrive. They each have their own policies on parking, grilling, entering and leaving, alcohol and other points. Teams also have their own traditions for tailgating. Some are formal and some are informal. Tailgaters show their team spirit by serving local or traditional foods and wearing team colors. You can even get accessories for your RV with team colors and logos, such as the Washington Redskins football grill shown above!
Here’s an easy recipe for you to enjoy at your next tailgate party:
Grilled Garlic Shrimp
- 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and let marinate for one hour. Thread shrimp on skewers and grill over medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until done. (Skewered shrimp are easier to handle if 2 skewers are used for each serving. Run 1 skewer through the head end and another through the tail end of each shrimp. That way, the shrimp won’t spin when you turn the skewers on the grill).
(from Smoker Cooking.com)
Enjoy your tailgating! We’ll be writing about RV tailgating again and sharing tips and recipes. If you have any tailgating experiences, photos, recipes or tips you’d like to share, please send them in!