When you think of the best tailgate food, what comes to mind?
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Beef is king, and lobster is well, lobster, but “best” does not always mean expensive.
Or exotic. Or elaborate.
It means what’s best for you and your guests tastes. What’s best for your budget. What’s best-suited for your tailgate party’s conditions.
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It also needs to be ideal for your budget, so unless you plan on serving steak every time, here is a list of foods and how they rank based not only upon cost, but other factors such as ease of preparation and the ability to affect alcohol absorption.
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These tailgate food ideas were rated on 5 categories:
Ease/difficulty of preparation. (Prep) A lot of people still like to cook on site rather than at home, so ideally you should be able to prepare your tailgate food with just basic cookout equipment.
On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 = smoked ribs and 5 = bratwurst, sausages, & hot dogs.
Ability to reduce your body's rate of alcohol absorption.
(AA) The mere presence of food in your stomach will help, but “The
rate at which alcohol is absorbed depends on how quickly the stomach
empties its contents into the intestine. The higher the dietary fat
content, the more time this emptying will require and the longer the
process of absorption will take.” *
Simply put slower is better, and foods containing fat, protein, and carbohydrates reportedly are excellent at slowing the absorption process. However, that doesn't mean you should be guzzling cooking oil or serving up a deep-fried slab of bacon at the next game. 1 = raw veggies. 5 = Philly cheesteak, burnt ends.
Ability to help keep your body warm. (Warm) Foods that are abundant in niacin (animal liver, eggs, cheese) and spicy foods boost blood circulation thereby keeping your body warm. 5 = “Death” wings, 5-alarm chili.
Familiarity/popularity. (F/P) So you've discovered that yak meat is dirt cheap and bursting with protein, or that hippo intestines are really easy to cook and will keep you warm as toast, but what's the point if nobody wants to eat it?
People tend to stick with tailgate food that are either familiar to
them or are well known.
Since this rating is extremely subjective it is weighted less than the other categories. 1 = venison or other wild game. 3 = pizza, burgers.
Cost. (Cost) If money was not an object then we'd all be dining on Kobe steak and lobster tails at tailgate parties. I'm talking about a realistic budget though. 1 = t-bone steak, lobster. 5 = hot dogs, beer-butt chicken.
This “best tailgate food” list is rather subjective and not meant to be all-inclusive, but informational. I’m sure it can be improved upon, so please feel free to suggest.
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