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Tailgating tips.

Tailgating is now a whole new ball game. From the stadium to your home, here‘s how to be ultimate at any game-day experience.

#1

Prepare the night before. You don‘t want to stress on game day.

#2

There‘s no such thing as too many chairs, bottle openers, phone chargers, or ice cubes. The more, the merrier.

#3

Plan your game-day menu ahead of time. We’re here to help.

#4

Bring plenty of sunscreen and hand sanitizer for extra safety.

#5

T-bone? Flank steak? Ribeye? If you‘re not sure what to grill, talk to the folks in our Meat department.

#6

Raw Veggies? Or grilled veggies? Now you’re tailgating. A little olive oil keeps asparagus, eggplant, and squash from sticking to the grill.

#7

Smooshing burgers while they cook? Amateur move. Less spatula = more juice.

#8

Over-flipping toughens meat. Flip once for more tenderness.

#9

Give your grill ample time to heat up before donning your pregame apron.

#10

Wait five minutes after taking steak off the grill. This allows the juices to settle back into the meat.

#11

Say no to puffy burgers. Use your (clean) thumb to put an indent on the patty. It keeps the meat even while cooking.

#12

Chances are, you have three types of mustard in your fridge or cooler—so don‘t forget the hot dogs.

#13

Toasted buns: Further proof that if you can grill it, you should grill it.

#14

Meat on kabobs stays juicier longer. Not that they’ll last long at your tailgate.

#15

No one has to know the “homemade” potato salad you’re serving came from our Deli.

#16

Coleslaw goes great with a pulled pork sandwich. It’s even better on a pulled pork sandwich. That’s ultimate tailgating.

#17

Chili. Perfect in a bowl. Perfect on a hot dog, burger, or nachos. Perfect for your tailgate.

#18

Skewer and marinate kabobs the night before. It saves time, and you’ll probably dream about kabobs. Mmm, kabobs.

#19

Slice veggies in advance. You’ll thank yourself later.

#20

Set up a DIY toppings bar so people can customize their burgers and hot dogs.

#21

Top your drinks with cupcake holders to keep the bugs out.