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Tailgating Ideas on Pintrest

Posted by Dave On August - 2 - 2013

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Facebook. Twitter. Now Pintrest. The world of social media is ever expanding and we want to be a part of it. That is why we are announcing that Tailgating Ideas is now officially on Pintrest.

Unfamiliar with Pintrest? In a nutshell, it is an online “pin board” where you can pin and save things you like. You can share your pins with others and follow other boards to see what they are pinning.

We have opened up a Pintrest boards for Tailgating Recipes, Tailgating Gear, Tailgating Cartoons, Boozing Gear, Tailgating Games and Bacon, Freaking Bacon!. More boards will be created as we see fit.

You can follow one particular board or all boards by clicking HERE. Check us out and follow our boards. We’d love to see what you are pinning and share those with your followers as well.


Posted by Dave On July - 16 - 2013

BLT dip

Here at Tailgating Ideas it is no secret we love the bacon. And what is better than a good old fashioned BLT sandwich? Now comes along the BLT Dip for tailgating.


  • 1-1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Iceberg lettuce
  • pepper an salt to taste

Toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 11⁄2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside 3/4 cup crumbled bacon.

In a large bowl, combine remaining bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce over hot dip. Serve immediately with toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.

Tailgating Hint:
If you are taking this BLT Dip to the tailgating parking lot, we suggest placing the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce in a ziploc bag and transporting separate from the dip. When you are ready to serve while tailgating, add the chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon and lettuce at that time.

Because this is a hot dip, in order to keep it hot during transport to the tailgating site, we would suggest using the Tailgate HotBag, that keeps hot foods hot up to 170 degrees for as long as you like. We would suggest the Tailgate Hotbag Side Loading model for this particular recipe.

Grilled Shrimp With Bacon

Posted by Larry On January - 13 - 2013


  • 2 lbs fresh jumbo shrimp
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 lb bacon, (or more)


Shell and devein uncooked shrimp. In a bowl, mix next 5 ingredients. Marinate shrimp in mixture 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temp. Cut bacon into thirds or halves and wrap bacon around shrimp. Thread onto skewers. Grill until bacon is crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn several times and brush with reserved marinade. Bacon drippings will cause the grill to flare up, so keep the water spritzer handy. Serve at once with lemon wedges.


I came across a file with thousands of BBQ recipes. They look at least 10 years old and most don’t have any type of credit of where they came from. If you recognize a recipe please let me know so I can give proper credit.

Original recipe by The BBQ Grail can be found HERE.

Larry Gaian is the founder of The BBQ Grail. Follow him on Twitter @BBQGrail.

US drought could hit tailgaters hard

Posted by Dave On August - 10 - 2012

Drought farm tractor

While many of us have been caught up in complaining about the summer heat, seeing gas prices rise, watching the 30th Summer Olympics in London and catching the mud slinging political attack ads between Obama and Romney, unless you are a farmer you may not know we are experiencing one of the most severe droughts in United States history.

Financial Times: US drought threatens food price surge

The drought is considered the worst the United States has faced in a half century and the federal government is estimating that close to 12,000 square miles of farm land has been abandoned by farmers after the lack of water has caused irreparable damage to the crops. 12,000 square miles is roughly the size of the state of Maryland.

How is this going to affect you, the tailgater? Simple. Expect to pay higher prices for the foods you plan to bring to your parking lot party.

The crops most heavily damaged by the drought have been corn and soy beans. You’re probably thinking, “I don’t eat corn on the cob and who eats soy beans?”. You may not be a big consumer of corn and soy beans but farm animals love them.

If the cost to feed those chickens, pigs and cattle goes up, guess who will eventually get nailed with the price increase? That’s right, you the consumer.

Consider this. Corn is one of the most versatile foods out there used in almost everything that we eat. The obvious ones would be those tortilla and corn chips we love to serve while out tailgating but corn is also a big part of processing foods. Go through your kitchen pantry and read the ingredients labels on any box, bottle or can. More than likely corn is an ingredient in whatever you pick up.

So what’s a tailgater to do? One thing you can do is try and stock up now before the residual affect of the drought has not hit the prices in the grocery stores and warehouse stores. If you have the means, (and the storage/freezer space) we would suggest loading up on those items you know you will be wanting to have while tailgating. Bacon, ground beef, hot dogs, etc. will all be seeing price increases and more than likely those prices will leap right around the middle of football season. Prime tailgating season indeed.

Another suggestion is to buy a number of bags of chips knowing that the expiration date will probably be a few months from now and they will not go bad if unopened before the end of football season. If you have the freezer space, stock up on beef, pork and poultry and freeze them now. With a little bit of planning you can try to avoid the higher food prices that will assuredly be coming.

If you don’t have the storage space or the financial wherewithal to buy all your tailgating foods up front, start clipping coupons and be on the look out for sales and specials at the grocery stores.

Most people do not like surprises, especially surprises that hit you in the wallet. But if you are prepared now for a price increase that is almost as sure as death and taxes, you can make the proper preparations so it won’t hurt as bad when it really hits.

Bacon Roses – A Tailgating Valentine’s Day Idea

Posted by Dave On February - 12 - 2012

Bacon Roses
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, you tailgaters out there may be scrambling for Valentine’s Day ideas that are unique and creative but also has a hint of your own personal style. Although Valentine’s Day may be a holiday where the women tend to get the better end of the deal, we have an idea for you that would please any tailgater, male or female. And because Valentine’s day is supposed to be romantic, we couldn’t think of a more romantic way to express yourself than with bacon. We present to you a “How To” guide on making your own bouquet of Bacon Roses.
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