How to make it

  • At least 3 plastic 48” folding tables
  • A few folding or lawn chairs (tell your guests to bring their own!)
  • 1 propane powered Grillin’ Griddle (Coleman makes a nice one, but there are many varieties – we use the small 1 pound propane gas powered grills because many locations don’t allow the use of hot coals. We like the Grillin’ Griddle because you can put pots of chili, BBQs, etc on the griddle surface and still use the grill portion to heat hot dogs, etc.)
  • 1 or 2 one-pound propane gas containers for your specific griddle or grill
  • 2 or more large outdoor trash bags
  • 1 bottle opener
  • 1 can opener (you NEVER know when you might need it, even if you brought no cans along!)
  • 1 wine bottle opener (a good hint from notyourmomma!)
  • A few large serving spoons
  • A container of Wet Wipes
  • Some old towels
  • Some old hot pads
  • Long handled tongs (for hot dogs)
  • Salad tongs (for Ramen Noodles)
  • Some newspaper
  • Large stock pot (or size you need for you group) for the chili
  • Ladle (for chili)
  • Styrofoam bowls (for chili)
  • Plastic spoons, forks and knives
  • 1 good, sharp knife
  • Plenty of paper napkins
  • Sturdy paper plates
  • Plastic set of salt and pepper shakers (the sets with closeable or flip-top lids work best!)
  • Large roll of paper toweling
  • Gallon and quart size ziplock baggies
  • Roll of heavy duty foil
  • Scissors
  • Masking or packing tape
  • Plastic cups for beer and other beverages
  • Enough coolers for your beer and beverages, packed with lots of ice (leave some in the bag to keep it clean for people to use in their beverages)
  • Frito corn chips
  • Grated cheddar (in a plastic container with a solid lid)
  • Diced onion (in a plastic container with a solid lid)
  • 1 or 2 pint containers of sour cream, depending on your group size
  • Hot dog buns
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow and spicy mustards
  • Diced onions (you should already have a container of this for the chili toppings)
  • Pickle relish
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sport peppers
  • Celery salt
  • (the last 4 ingredients are only needed if you want to serve your dogs “Chicago style”)
  • FOR THE POTATO SALAD, all you will need is a serving spoon.
  • FOR THE RAMEN NOODLE SALAD, all you will need is a serving spoon.
  • FOR THE CHIPS AND DIP, all you need is the bag(s) of chips and some prepared Lipton Onion Dip in a plastic container with a solid lid.
  • Variation: I sometimes serve sloppy joes (instead of chili) and hot dogs. If you would like to do this, OMIT the chili toppings and ADD: your favorite sloppy joe recipe (I will post a family café one soon), hamburger buns, dill pickle slices, and some cheese slices.
  • Ask your guests to bring appetizers, if you want to, and we also ask them to bring a beverage of their choice if they don’t want beer or pop.

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    " It was excellent "
    cherylannxo ate it and said...
    WOW girl, you deserve a 10 or 15 for this, but the ratings don't go up that high and they only let you rate 1 time, so 5 will have to do. You did a lot of prep to do this. Thanks for sharing...Cheryl
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  • anitagae 11 years ago
    WOW -- I think you are an expert and thanks so much for getting the rest of us organized. I hope this finds you looking forward to getting ready and doing the same thing this year as when you posted it last year. I appreciate you sharing.
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  • cypress 12 years ago
    I'd need an RV for all of that stuff! GO SEMINOLES!!
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  • possumqueen 12 years ago
    Awesome job!!!! Thanks for posting.
    I host a tailgating party at the house every year. We all back our pick-ups in, crank up the grill and let the good times roll!!!!
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  • shortee1980 12 years ago
    Hey Krum, Love the list except I am a charcoal kinda gal!!!(Not propane) Everything else sounds great. I am excited; It will be a great Football season with all these great recipes!! Thank You ;)
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  • minkie 12 years ago
    Love it! We manage to make it to 1-2 Chiefs games per year. My tip - large bottle of V-8 spicy. Pour out just enough to add vodka, worcestershire and all your spices. Shake it up and serve at the game. And for those cold games, don't forget the bottle of Baileys!
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  • superdupper 12 years ago
    Wow .. very detailed. Thanks! :) I also joined the group, thanks for the invite!
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  • lollya 12 years ago
    you rock krum!
    i joined your smart group.
    i miss you round here!
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    " It was excellent "
    zena824 ate it and said... outdid yourself once again with this... I have not tailgateed much so Im a beginner at this.. but it sounds like alot of fun for sure..
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  • recipediva 12 years ago
    Thanks for taking the time for this. Great post!
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  • shirleyoma 12 years ago
    We tailgate in our living room... no games close enough to go to around here.. we live in the boonies!
    And we are too old for all that excitement! lol
    But this sounds great.. where were you when my kids were little and we used to go camping!!!
    You sure did a great job!
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    " It was excellent "
    alaskanmom ate it and said...
    WOW! Great list, not only would this work for tailgating, but camping too. A girlfriend and I decided to take all the kids camping and boy sure glad we weren't far from home, seems like we forgot everything. Definitely a list to print and keep handy! Thanks for the great post:o)
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Might I add that we carry a wine key in the glove box of our car, just in case someone brings a bottle of good stuff, and not the wine in a box variety. LOL How frustrating to be looking at a good bottle and have not way to get in!! Love your list and love the idea of the group! Let's party!
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    " It was excellent "
    michellem ate it and said...
    My goodness Krumkake you amaze me once again! This truly will come in handy for a beginner tailgater like myself. I think your idea of using boxes is the best. Im going to print this out and put it to use this fall!! Thanks ..M
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  • jaie 12 years ago
    You did an AMAZING JOB with this!!!! Thank you for your time and hard work!!! This sure does seem to be a no-fail I just need a vehicle large enough to carry it all in :D
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    " It was excellent "
    noir ate it and said...
    My kinda thingy...Tailgate! Tis' the season! :)
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