How to be this year’s tailgating champion

By: Aaron B. Cohen | September 10, 2021

It's tailgating season In the D!

Football season is back! After months of waiting, Metro Detroiters can once again look forward to weekends cheering on their favorite teams and all the fun that goes along with it. Last season’s festivities were interrupted due to public safety concerns, but this fall, we return once again to the sacred ritual of pre and post-game tailgating. If you’re seeking ways to take your game day routine to the next level, look no further – In the D has you covered.

Eat

Grilling is at the foundation of any tailgating experience. Dogs, brats, burgers and chicken are all fair game when it comes to amping up for the big game. For the best flavor, keep it simple with a basic charcoal grill. Detroit Grille King in Highland Park and Boulier’s in Royal Oak offer an excellent selection for your perfect set-up. Be sure to leave yourself time to get the coals burning hot so you can focus on serving up the best food in the parking lot.

Keep it Cool

No matter what you plan to provide your guests, a great cooler is essential to ensuring your food and libations are ready for the road. Nothing is worse than a drink cooler full of melted ice, so invest in a unit that will keep your items cold from start to finish. Depending on the number of people you plan to host, you should choose a size that easily holds everything you need, considering about half will be filled with ice. For a great local option, check out your nearest Moosejaw.

Listen

The best tailgates play the best music. Maybe this year’s football season is an excuse to upgrade your car’s stereo system with the help of local expert, Micky Shorr. You may also want to consider options for wireless Bluetooth speakers that crank the tunes without draining your vehicle’s battery. Many companies sell products specifically designed for outdoor entertainment, so do some research on which setup works best for you.

Accessorize

You can control the food, the music, but you can’t control the weather. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for maintaining a dry, comfortable tailgate space. You can keep it simple with a basic overhead tent setup, or pursue products that attach directly to your vehicle and extend out from the rear. By applying these accessories, you are able to take full advantage of your vehicle’s cargo space and create a station for food prep or a buffet. Even if the weather turns, you’ll stay warm, dry, and well-fed. To find your perfect tent, check out a local sporting goods store like Dunham’s or your favorite team’s merchandise outlet.