Tailgating moves into High Gear for The Deep Fryer Depot

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 08:09 AM

Tailgating at our house, unfortunately for me…is not about the football. Being a female is not the problem. The problem is, I live with a man that doesn’t appreciate the game. He’s a motor sports fan, but that’s o.k. because so am I. Just a tomboy I guess. I am stuck watching football on T.V. No tailgating with the big boys on game day for me. Even though I’m not on the football field, I still gotta get my tailgate on! I’m not the only one either. People tailgate for anything and everything. Rugby, soccer, baseball, basketball, horse racing, and concerts too.

I am a raceway tailgater. Race day is NEVER  just a day. It is usually a whole weekend. That is a lot more meals to deal with & prepare for. It is not just before, and/or during the game. We’re talking, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for 2-5 days. I am about to swing into high gear myself. Over the next month and a half, I will be attending 2 NASCAR weekends, One NHRA weekend, and 2 other drag racing functions, plus a car show in between. It’s o.k., I like to cook, I love the races, but I think I’m spreading myself a wee bit too thin this year. One of these races used to be in August, so I had a break in between & we’ve added a grass snowmobile drag into the mix. At least that one is just a one day event. Maybe I’ll just pack a picnic lunch for that one.

As far as one of the NASCAR weekends goes, I will have a motor home with a refrigerator. Hallelujah! We still grill, slow cook & deep fry outside, and the beer still stays in a cooler, but having a fridge on a 5 day tailgate is nothing short of a miracle. Only need ice for the beer and not the food.

So, I am beginning to inventory, checking my tailgate bin over & starting to plan my tailgate menu. Making sure my grill & outdoor deep fryer are in tip top shape. Gotta fill my extra propane tank. Always make sure you have extra fuel, be it wood, charcoal or LP gas. Need to make sure I have enough frying oil  as well. Can’t make Buffalo Wings without oil. Well you can, but, everything is better deep fried right?

You can tailgate anywhere. Just get out there and do it. You don’t have to go all out. Start small. Picnic lunch in a cooler if need be. Then, when you start to get the hang of it, time to get your game face on! Cook, grill, smoke, deep fry. Have fun with it. It’s not just about the game. It’s also about the food, the party, good friends, and great memories. Life is made for living… not for sitting in the living room just watching the game.

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